Jaco Hoffman (DPhil, Oxon) is Professor of Socio-Gerontology in the Optentia Research Unit, North-West University (Vanderbijlpark Campus), South Africa where he leads the Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa (AGenDA) programme. He is also Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, UK where he co-ordinates the UN endorsed African Research Network on Ageing (AFRAN). AFRAN brings together African and international institutions and individuals from academia, policy and practice to develop and expand African research and training capacity on ageing. He furthermore is an Honorary Professor in the Institute of Ageing in Africa, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, and was a past president of the South African Gerontological Association (SAGA) as well as a founding member of the South African Older Person’s Forum. Jaco co-directs, with Prof Sebastiana Kalula (UCT), the International Longevity Centre (ILC) – South Africa and is a Director of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) Board. His research experience relates to the Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology) broadly with specialisation in the multi-disciplinary field of Socio-gerontology (including topics like HIV/AIDS, poverty, [long-term] care, families, community development).
Optentia Research Unit