Dr Hema Kesa holds a Doctorate in Food Service Management specialising in Community Nutrition. Her research interests lie in Food Security & Community Nutrition, Community Engagement and Food Service Management. She will participate in the 2018, African Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) at the North-West University (a local South African organising partner) and the Wageningen University, The Netherlands (the responsible agent for the NFP-fellowships).
Dr Kesa is the Academic Head of Hospitality Management at the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Johannesburg, where she supervises postgraduate research projects and lectures on Research Methodologies, Culinary Studies and Nutrition. She successfully completed the SANPAD (South Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development) RCI (Research Capacity Initiative) Programme in 2008.
Dr Kesa is an Advisory Board Member at the Food Decisions Research Laboratory at Penn State University (US), where she spent a term in 2015 as a visiting scholar. She is a key contributor in the Research Collaboration between Penn State University and the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) in food service and nutrition
She was instrumental in the team commissioned by the South African National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), to develop the qualification: Diploma in Hospitality Management at the new University of Mpumalanga. Dr Kesa has recently been appointed as an area consultant representing the Southern African regions of EuroChrie, the official federation for Europe, the Mediterranean basin and Africa of the International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.
Dr Kesa is also a proud mother of 2 beautiful children. She's a mum, home maker, teacher and explorer. Her adventurous spirit thrusted her to successfully summit Africa's mighty mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014.