Ms Bridgette Prince
Ms Bridgette Prince is the head of Business Development and International Liaison in the Office of the CEO. As part of her responsibility she leads her team to strengthen and diversify the HSRC's income base by exploring new donor relationships while maintaining existing relationships at the strategic and operational level with funders, clients and donors to enable the HSRC to be the research organisation of choice for further work.
She is responsible for the management of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) within the HSRC as well as key strategic partnerships. She utilises all platforms like conferences, seminars and fora to disseminate the research undertaken by the various research programmes as well as to profile the HSRC as a leading research institution.
Formerly she was a programme manager and the networking and gender coordinator in the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health Research Alliance (SAHARA) at the HSRC. Before joining the HSRC in January 2004, she was a programme manager at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she was responsible for the implementation and management of the programme section. During this time, she was responsible for managing South Africa's first population-based HIV/AIDS survey.
Her areas of research interest include developing strategic partnerships and the management and coordination of projects in the HIV/AIDS arena and otherwise. She has been involved in several large-scale, high-profile projects including the Nelson Mandela/HSRC Study on HIV/AIDS in 2002 and 2005, the Nosocomial Study in the Free State in 2005, the Oprah Winfrey Christmas Kindness Project, and the National Study on Educator Demand and Supply.
She is actively involved in promoting gender initiatives in the programme and as such, has established a strategic partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNAIDS, and Dalhousie University in Canada towards mainstreaming gender in HIV/AIDS.