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Sorika van Niekerk, MSc, UP, SA
Senior Director/General Manager, Central Laboratories South Africa
Sorika van Niekerk joined the Clinical Research Industry in 1999 and her expertise covers all therapeutic areas with a specific focus on anti-infective diseases.  Whilst being Executive Director Clinical operations she was the main driver behind developing and implementing a strategy to expand Clinical Operations to the rest of Africa.  The outcome of this strategy was the opening of office in both East and West Africa.  She has a passion for development of people and as such she took responsibility for development of an apprenticeship within the South African context with the aim to increase the availability of well –trained individuals within the clinical trial industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She participates as a member on various Industry led initiatives / committees such as the South African Clinical Research Association, Industry Clinical Trial Focus Group comprising of CRO, Pharma and Site representatives, Department of Health Import /export permit committee etc.  She also acts as a mentor and promoter of post graduate students specific to the field of research at various Academic institutions. 

In 2012 she moved into the role of Senior Director Laboratory Operations & General Manager,  for Sub-Saharan Africa with a special interest and focused strategy to increase the infectious disease footprint for the laboratory and establish the laboratory as a Centre of Excellence for Infectious diseases within the region.   Sorika continues to focus on the development and expansion of clinical trial & laboratory infrastructures in Sub Saharan Africa.