Prof. Hester Klopper is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategy, Global and Corporate Affairs, at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a position she took up August 2016, where she is responsible for the overall institutional strategy development and management, business intelligence, information governance, corporate communication, marketing, student recruitment, and the international strategy and – relations of the university.
She holds a Full Professorship in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. In her academic capacity she has supervised 85+ Master and PhD students; and has an extensive publication list. Her board roles include Consortium for Universities in Global Health (CUGH) (2018-2021), the APO Accreditation Body Council (Japan)(2021-2022), Venice International University (2020 – ), President of the International Network Universities (2021 – ), and the Global Alliance for Universities in Climate (GAUC) (2019 – ).
Hester was the 1st scholar from the continent of Africa to be an inducted as fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and is a l s o a n inductee into the International Sigma Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in 2016. In South Africa, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Science (ASSAf), a member of the South African Academy for Science and Art, member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA) and Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA). In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University (UK) in recognition of her contribution to health science education and – research globally.