Hester C Klopper
 Hester C Klopper

Hester Klopper is an international academic leader with extensive networks globally. She has been appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation at Stellenbosch University as of 01 August 2016. Prior to this position she was the Chief Executive Officer at FUNDISA (Forum for University Deans of South Africa) since January 2013. Hester is also the Immediate Past President of Sigma Theta Tau International (2013-2015) (She is the first person outside of North America to be elected to the position of President of STTI).

Hester holds two extra-ordinary professor appointments – one with INSINQ, a research unit, based at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and one at the University of the Western Cape. She has a Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1994) from University of Johannesburg and a MBA (2002) from Luton University in the UK. As a scholar her research programme focuses on positive practice environments, patient safety and quality improvement. A continued interest is global health and the role nurses play in policy influence and strengthening health systems. She has been successful is securing funding for her work over the past decade of more than 50 million ZAR. Hester has been the supervisor of 25+ PhD students and 45+ master's students; she has published 70+ peer reviewed publications, and presented her research and scholarly work at more than 100 international conferences. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA), a Member of the South African Academy for Science and Art, an inductee into the Hall of Fame for Excellence in Nursing Research (FUNDISA) and a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA). Hester was the 1st South African to be inducted as Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Most recently, on 23 July 2016 Hester was inducted into the International Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International for Research Excellence and impact globally.

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