Prof Habib Noorbhai is currently an Associate Professor in Sports Science at the University of Johannesburg. He also serves as Director of the Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Technology (BEAHT) Research Centre. In 2017, he won the coveted title of Mr South Africa, using the platform and title to evoke change in health, sport and education among marginalised groups and settings.




What is your main area of research / clinical expertise?

Biokineticist and Sports Scientist by profession

Main areas of research interests:

  • Cricket Science (mainly cricket batting)
  • Healthcare Technology and Innovation
  • Health and Wellness (main focus on disease prevention and lifestyle modifications)


What is your motivation to be a member of the BOSEM team?

To contribute to the body of knowledge, engage with authors and their work through good scholarship and uplifting best practices for effective sports science and sports medicine dissemination to academia and the broader society.


What is a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

Being able to see my students grow and portray graduate attributes year after year makes them employable and skilled. I say this as an accomplishment because their successes bring me joy and happiness. We need to invest more time and energy in our youth.


Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

Former President of our nation, Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

My mentor, Prof Tim Noakes: Through this great man, I’ve learned to approach everything with truth, good science and grace.


What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?

Exercise! I’d either go for a long walk or jog.

Catch up on research posts and some banter on Twitter or watch a bit of cricket.

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