Ms Jessica Akester

Acting Project and Research Operations Manager

Jessica is currently the Acting Project and Research Operations Manager at H3D where she oversees the internal and external portfolio of projects. Jessica is involved in many operational activities of the organisation towards contributing to the overall mission of H3D.

After completing her BSc and BSc (Hons) degrees in Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2014, Jessica went on to pursue a MSc in medicinal chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Kelly Chibale. Thereafter, she joined the H3D team in 2017 as a medicinal chemist working on TB and malaria projects in various phases on the drug discovery pipeline. After 5 years in the lab, Jessica transitioned into a project management role where she utilizes her scientific experience and knowledge to support the projects to success.