KRISP 2020 - Strategy Meeting

At the end of November, the KRISP team traded their lab coats and laptops for hiking boots and hats, as they travelled up to the Sani Pass Premier Resort for a three-day strategy session

The resort provided the perfect setting to unwind and reflect on a successful 2019, but also for the team to put their heads together and plot the way forward, for what is set to be an exciting year ahead for KRISP.

As the old adage goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The itinerary for the trip certainly took this to heart and allowed ample time for the team to enjoy of all of the wonderful facilities and activities available at the resort, ranging from walks in the mountains, cycling up Sani Pass, swimming, golf and fishing, to name a few.

In between these periods of free time for reflection, fun and sport, there were a number of exciting brainstorming sessions and presentations from key departments within KRISP, to bring everyone onto the same page in terms of the shared vision for 2020 and beyond.

We were also lucky enough to have invaluable input from long-standing mentors and overseas guests in the form of Prof. Beatriz de La Torre and Prof. Fernando Albericio, as well as Dr Paul Frandsen, visiting from BYU in the United States.

What was most inspiring was to see the group of talented and diverse people KRISP has managed to attract over the last few years and to witness how their passions and ideas came together in one room, to contribute to the bigger picture; most certainly living up to KRISP's mission statement of reversing the brain drain in Africa, challenging the status quo and making a real difference in the lives of many.

News date: 2019-11-29


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira