Prof A Dhai

MASSAf, PhD, MBChB, FCOG, LLM, PGDip-IntResEthics

Professor Ames Dhai is a leading authority in Bioethics. She is Founder and Past Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences (2007 – 2019), Visiting Professor of Bioethics and Health Law at the Wits School of Clinical Medicine, Specialist Ethicist at the Office of the President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and member of the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf). She is Honorary Professor in the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK; Chairperson of the National Bioethics Committee of the UNESCO National Commission, and Chairperson of the SAMRC Bioethics Advisory Panel. She is also a Vice Chairperson of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. She is on the ASSAf Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee and has served on several consensus panels of the ASSAf, including the ASSAf Panel on Gene Therapies and Gene Editing ELSI. She also serves as Vice-Chair on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for COVID-19 Vaccines and member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Unrelated Organ Transplants. She is Editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law and Associate Editor of the South African Medical Journal. She is a mediator with international accreditation through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK. She can be credited with entrenching bioethics and human rights as an integral aspect of health sciences in SA. Using an academic platform, Professor Dhai has taken a lead in health advocacy and activism locally and internationally and has published extensively in this field. Professor Dhai started off her career as a medical doctor, specialised as an obstetrician and gynaecologist and then moved into the disciplines of bioethics and health law.