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Professor Chimbari hails from the University of Botswana where he served as Deputy Director of the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), previously known as the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC).
Professor Chimbari is an Associate Professor with extensive experience not only in conducting field research but also in research leadership. For 7 years (1990-1997), he led the DeBeers Research Laboratory that conducted research on malaria, Schistosomiasis and HIV/AIDS, on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in Zimbabwe. From 2000 to 2006, he worked as Scientific Director for the University Lake Kariba Research Station (ULKRS) in the University of Zimbabwe. The Station conducted research in the areas of Ecology, Fishery and Health and was staffed by multi-disciplinary researchers. During his stay at ULKRS, he mobilized research results that resulted in the attainment of 4 PhD and 3 MPhil qualifications by staff.
Towards the end of 2006, he left ULKRS to join the National University of Science and Technology (NUST – Zimbabwe) as the inaugural Director of Research. His task was to establish the Research Office at the University and coordinate research in the university. During his stay at NUST, apart from establishing the research office he assisted 10 research teams to develop proposals that received funding from the Kellogg Foundation.
In February 2008, Professor Chimbari joined the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOOrc), now Okavango Research Institute (ORI) as Deputy Director – Research Management. During his stay at ORI, he has coached and motivated researchers to focus on large research projects (USD200 000 and above). He is currently the Principal Investigator of three large projects Capacity Development in Africa through Research Methodology with an EU budget of EUR450 000; Impacts of Climate Change on Flood Recession Farming Activities and Farmers’ Wellbeing with an International Development Research Centre budget of CAD 600 000 as well as Research Capacity Development for the Southern African Science Services Centre on Adaptive Land Use with a budget of EUR200 000.
Professor Chimbari is also leading regional research teams competing for an ESPA (Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation) grant of 2 000 000 pounds and a TDR-IDRC grant of CAD600 000.
His strong research leadership qualities are reflected by research related portfolios that he has held, and currently holds. He was the chairperson of the Association of Medical and Veterinary Malacologists in Africa (1997-1999), chairperson of Research Network for Schistosomiasis in Africa ( 2006-2008) and Technical Committee Member for the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe (2006-2008 ). Professor Chimbari is currently the representative for Africa on the International Program Advisory Committee (I-PAC) of the ESPA Program, chairperson of the Southern Africa Climate Change Network (SACCNet – www.saccnet.org) and chairperson of ECOHESA –Network for Eco health researchers and practitioners (www.researchcapacityafrica.org).
Professor Chimbari was awarded the best research leader in the University of Botswana in 2009. In his earlier career, he was also awarded the best researcher of the year award at the Blair Research Laboratory in 1999 just a year after Junior Chambers Zimbabwe awarded him the Ten Outstanding Young Zimbabwean Award, in 1998. University Lake Kariba Research Station was also accorded the best national institute for natural resources management during his term as Director.
Professor Chimbari has published 48 papers in peer reviewed journals and supervised 6 PhD and 6 Masters Students who have successfully completed their studies. He currently supervises two PhD and 3 MPhil students.
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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is classified by the national Department of Science and Technology as one of 3 research-led and research-intensive Universities in South Africa (Kahn M 2006). Over the past 7 years, UKZN has been consistently rated the 2nd or 3rd most research-productive university (as measured by the Department of Higher Education and Training’s SAPSE Units) of the 23 South African universities. It has the best instruction and research staff and student equity profile of all the research-intensive universities according to Education Statistics in South Africa (Department of Education 2007). UKZN achieved all these while undergoing a merger and a major transformation through prioritising diversity as a critical factor to excellence and equity. In total, 40% of staff time is allocated to research for all academic staff at UKZN. However, approximately 15% of all full time equivalent academic staff members are exclusively research staff.
Research is an important cornerstone of the College of Health Science’s strategic activities. The College is firmly on the global map and has received international recognition for its commitment to health research. The College has successfully attracted funding from the world’s largest sponsors of biomedical research. That is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Wellcome Trust, the US National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Centre for Disease Control.
As a pre-eminent academic institution at the epicentre of the HIV epidemic in South Africa, the College has taken up the challenge of providing leadership in response to HIV and AIDS, and is undertaking ongoing research to enhance and strengthen the biomedical and broader societal response to the epidemic. In the field of HIV/AIDS research, well-established partnerships exist which facilitate networking and collaboration with researchers within UKZN, at other South African academic institutions, and around the world. Through the Columbia University-Southern African Fogarty AIDS Training and Research Programme, the institution is committed to building scientific capacity in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis research in several countries in Southern Africa to enhance continuing efforts to counter the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics. Click on the links below for more information.