Professor Quarraisha Abdool-Karim is the associate scientific director atthe Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) at the UKZN. Professor Abdool-Karim has been a key scientist in a number of critical, international HIV-prevention trials. She serves as the adjunct professor of Public Health at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at UKZN and as an associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University in the United States. Professor Abdool-Karim has been awarded the 2012 N’Galy-Mann award for international AIDS research. In 2013 she was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe – South Africa’s highest honour – for her outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS and TB research and health policy development.