(South Africa Reading Group) Professor Wilmot James and Dr. Charles Lau

september 2021

fri10sep12:30 pm2:00 pm(South Africa Reading Group) Professor Wilmot James and Dr. Charles Lau

South Africa Reading Group

Event Details

Entitled, COVID 19 and Preparing for the Next Pandemic, the workshop presenters will be Professor Wilmot James and Dr. Charles Lau.

Friday, September 10, 2021

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT

Wilmot James is a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), College of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. An academic by background with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he was previously a Member of Parliament (South Africa) and opposition spokesperson on health. Wilmot is the author and/or editor of 17 books that include the policy-oriented Vital Signs: Health Security in South Africa (2020), a set of essays on the public understanding of science titled Nature’s Gifts: Why we are the way we are (2010), a coedited book Biotechnology and Health: South Africa’s aspirations in health-related biotechnology (2007) and a co-edited collection of Nelson Mandela’s presidential speeches Nelson Mandela In His Own Words (2003). Wilmot served on the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation between 1996-2008. He has teaching experience from the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town and post-doctoral and visiting professorial experience from Yale University, Indiana University, Edinburgh University, and the California Institute of Technology.

Charles Lau serves as a Research Survey Methodologist at RTI International, where he designs and implements surveys in low-and middle-income countries. Charles directs projects through the survey cycle, including study design, questionnaire development, sampling, interviewer training, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Charles joined RTI in 2010 and has led surveys in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  In these countries he has used different modes of data collection, including face-to-face interviewing with tables, telephone, web, and SMS.  With funding from governments, foundations, and commercial clients, his works has covered various topics including health, education, politics, and technology. He also publishes research on cross-cultural issues in survey design, interviewer and mode effects, and sampling approaches in developing countries. Charles holds a PH.D in Sociology and an MS in Epidemiology from UCLA.