K-RITH and Africa Centre have joined to form a new interdisciplinary institute, called the Africa Health Research Institute. Click here to read more.




K-RITH is a vibrant and growing research organisation with a diverse staff committed to the mission of advancing science toward the control of HIV and tuberculosis.

The K-RITH Director leads the institute and oversees its scientific and educational programmes. The Director is assisted by a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Research programmes at K-RITH are headed by investigators. Core research facilities dedicated to microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, high-throughput biology, and coordination of clinical research support their work.

K-RITH’s education and training programme includes short courses, workshops and symposia to help train the next generation of HIV and TB researchers as well as research training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

K-RITH is governed by a Board of Directors composed of outstanding scientific and global health leaders. The Board of Directors, chaired by Alan Aderem, meets twice yearly to review and authorise K-RITH appointments, major financial initiatives, and collaborations. Its Scientific Advisory Board, chaired by Stewart Cole, is composed largely of international experts in HIV and TB research. It meets semi-annually to advise the Director and the science programmes at K-RITH.

K-RITH Leadership

Costas Criticos

Chief Operating Officer

Costas Criticos was appointed K-RITH’s chief operating officer in July 2010, after two years working as the HHMI’s local liaison for the K-RITH project. A graduate of the University of Natal and Syracuse University, Criticos was a recipient of Fulbright and British Council awards. He returned to the University of Natal to become a senior lecturer in the faculty of education and director of the Audio Visual Centre. Criticos played an important role in the early development of the HIV Pathogenesis Programme and the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, two major research institutes associated with the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Criticos will lead K-RITH in an Acting Director capacity in September 2016. K-RITH will officially merge with Africa Centre for Population Health to form the Africa Health Research Institute on October 1, 2016.

Dilip Kalyan

Chief Financial Officer

Dilip Kalyan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he joined the SA Clothing Industries as a Proactive Accountant where he quickly moved up through the ranks and was appointed Group Financial Director in 1997; a position which he held for 11 years. He was then head-hunted to join a start-up multi-national engineering company where he was appointed Financial Director responsible for group financial responsibilities. Dilip describes himself as results driven; a strong motivator with good business acumen. At K-RITH he is responsible for financial planning, financial record keeping, financial reporting, and the management of financial risks.

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