Hanekom Willem Albert
Hanekom Willem Albert was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2015. As a fellow, Hanekom Willem Albert contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.
Prof Hanekom is the Deputy Director, Tuberculosis at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for supporting the discovery and development of new TB vaccines. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Prof Hanekom directed the South Africa Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative at the University of Cape Town. His expertise in clinical trials and in protective host responses to TB has led to more than 120 publications. He is past president of the Federation of African Immunological Societies, and has served on multiple international advisory committees in TB vaccine development and translational immunology. Prof Hanekom trained in medicine and paediatrics in South Africa and in paediatric infectious disease and immunology in the US.