Professor Saiqa Mullick, Director: Implementation Science

Prof Saiqa Mullick, MBBCh MSc MPH PhD, is Reader/Associate Professor and Director of Implementation Science at Wits RHI. She is a medical doctor with a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She currently oversees a large portfolio of projects addressing introduction of innovative approaches and technologies for HIV prevention and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her experience is primarily in sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention research with a focus on adolescent girls and young women. She has supported oral PrEP introduction in South Africa and currently serves as principal investigator on a number of trials evaluating integrated service delivery approaches for young women. For the last five years she served as Deputy Director on the OPTIONS Consortium, a USAID-funded project focused on research and access for HIV prevention for women providing co-leadership and strategic direction for this consortium of nine international organizations working primarily in three countries (South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe).

She serves on a number of national and international technical expert committees including the National PrEP technical working group, the IAPAC Fast Track Cities Implementation Science Fund Expert Advisory Committee and the WHO STI Guidelines Development Group. She serves as an advisor to the Lancet HIV-IAPAC Commission on the future of urban HIV Responses and co-chair of the WHO technical working group on strategic information for HIV prevention.

She has been an invited speaker at multiple international conferences on HIV prevention, integrated services, adolescent health, and sexually transmitted infections including AIDS 2020 and an invited member of the scientific committees and has served as track chair for both local and international conferences. She served as track co-chair for Implementation Science at the Adherence 2020 conference and as track chair for Implementation Science for the South African AIDS Conference.