Malegapuru William Makgoba is vice-chancellor and principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa since 2004.
A molecular immunologist, Makgoba’s research has made seminal contributions to identifying and understanding the cell surface molecules and genes important in the human immune system’s response. A global leader in HIV vaccine research, he has served in the leadership of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative, as the founding chair of the UNAIDS/WHO African Aids Vaccine Programme and as a founding member of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise.
In addition to being a recipient of the “Caring Physicians in the World” award by the World Medical Association, he has received numerous awards and honours, including fellowships at both the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is a founding member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine of the US Academies of Science. Prof Makgoba is a member of the National Planning Commission and special advisor to minister of Science and Technology.
Makgoba joined the former university of Natal as its first black vice-chancellor and principal in September 2002, after serving as the first black president of the Medical Research Council of South Africa for four years. Under Makgoba’s leadership, UKZN is host to the largest HIV and AIDS research programs on the African continent: the National Institutes for Health-funded Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and the Wellcome Trust-funded Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies.