Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA
Dr. Klopper was installed as president of the society at the 42nd Biennial Convention, November 2013 in Indianapolis, IN USA. The following video was presented to the chapter delegates at that event.
Call to Action: Serve locally, transform regionally, lead globally
Hester C. Klopper is an international academic and professional leader with extensive international networks in global health, public health, policy development, nursing and health care. She is the Chief Executive Officer of FUNDISA (Forum for University Nursing Deans in SA). Prior to this position, she was the Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, where she continues to hold a full professorial appointment. In addition, she holds an Extra-ordinary Professor position with INSINQ, a research focus area, based at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). As a scholar her research programme focuses on positive practice environments, patient safety and quality health care; and health systems and health policy, as well nursing education research. A continued interest is global health and the role nurses play in policy influence and strengthening health systems.
Embedded in her work, is the focus on leadership development and capacity development of young scientists. She coordinates a national programme, the PLUME programme, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), to support the development of research programmes of post-doctoral candidates. Hester has been the supervisor of more than 25 PhD students and 45+ master's students; she has published more than 60 peer reviewed publications, and presented her research and scholarly work at more than 100 international conferences. In October 2010 she was awarded the 2010 Nursing Education Association Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership in Nursing Education for her ‘dedicated and visionary leadership in the profession; and her competency, tenacity, passion and drive to promote the development of nursing education’. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (FANSA), as well as an inductee into the Hall of Fame for Excellence in Nursing Research (FUNDISA).
Dr. Klopper has filled numerous leadership positions (appointed and elected) and acts as consultant for education and health care organizations on human resource development and research capacity development. Her professional offices include election as Director-at-Large of the International Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International (2008-2011), Secretariat-Treasurer of the Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (2005-2013), Member of the International Board of Directors of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) (2009-2011), as well as Chairperson of the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) (2007-2012). She is the first person outside of North America to be elected to the position of President of STTI (2013-2015). Follow Hester on twitter @klopperhc or visit the website www.hesterklopper.com.