Dr Shakira Choonara in independent public health practitioner, 2017 Woman of the Year in Health, SA and Destiny Magazines Most Powerful Woman under 40. Her most notable and influential role to date is to be appointed to the inaugural African Union Youth Advisory Council.
Dr Choonara is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including being listed as the Africa Youth Awards 100 most influential Young Africans in 2018 and 2019, NRF Next Generation Female Researcher, one of News24 100 Young Nelson Mandela’s for the future, a One Young World Ambassador and an Obama Africa leader.
Having attained her PhD (Public Health) at the age of 27 years, she also holds an Honours (Cum Laude) and a Masters in Demography from the University of the Witwatersrand, SA. She is widely-known and published for her work in public health on the fronts of universal health coverage, youth advocacy, health governance, gender equality, HIV, disability and malaria prevention.