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Professor Debra Meyer
Organisation: University of Johannesburg
Job title: Executive Dean of Science, Faculty of Science
Debra Meyer is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg. She was formerly Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria. Prof Meyer holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis in the United States, a Master’s degree from the Rand Afrikaans University (legacy institution of the University of Johannesburg) and also completed leadership training at Harvard Business School and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is a non-executive director of Naspers / Prosus and involved on the boards of other business and cultural organizations.
Prof Meyer has written more than 100 academic papers and conference proceedings on HIV/AIDS research and trained more than 35 Masters’ degree and PhD students, primarily women. She has been published in national magazines and newspapers and have been featured in radio and television documentaries. She presented the weather in Afrikaans for over 12 years before resigning from SABC 2 in 2012. In 2014, she hosted one of kykNet’s top ten programmes called “Debra deel’ which aired again in 2016.
Prof Meyer is a social rights activist, focusing on HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, multilingualism and multiculturalism in South Africa. She has been the recipient of various awards for achievements in science, and community service.