The board of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has announced the appointment of Professor Sarah Mosoetsa as its new chief executive officer. She was instrumental in establishing and setting up the NIHSS in 2013 and held the position of CEO at the Institute since 2014.
By Lylia Ayari
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Board has announced the appointment of Prof Sarah Mosoetsa as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council, effective 1 February 2023.
Prof Mosoetsa vacates her role as CEO at the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) to take up the position of CEO at the HSRC. She was instrumental in establishing and setting up the NIHSS in 2013 and held the position of CEO at the Institute since 2014.
Prof Mosoetsa holds a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is an associate Professor of Sociology at the same University and the author of several publications, including, amongst others, “Eating from one pot: Dynamics of Survival in poor South African households” (Wits Press) and co-editor of “Labour in the Global South: challenges and alternatives for workers” (ILO), and co-editor of “Precarious Labor in Global Perspective” (Cambridge University Press).
She has worked for various organisations, including the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Prof Mosoetsa sits on various Boards and Committees, inter alia, the National Minimum Wage Commission, the National Research Foundation Board, the University of South Africa Council, the University of Venda Council and the Advisory Board for the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies.
Prof Mosoetsa is passionate about the humanities and social sciences in South Africa, the continent, the globe and their contribution to societies grappling with challenges of poverty and inequalities, economic transformation, and redress.
“She was instrumental in establishing and setting up the NIHSS in 2013”
Its mandate is to inform government policy; evaluate policy implementation; stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research; foster research collaboration; and, help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.
The HSRC is the largest dedicated social sciences and humanities research institute on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.