Chibale grew up in a home with no electricity or running water and shared a single bed in a tiny room with his brother.
He now heads Africa’s first integrated drug discovery centre, his H3D Centre at UCT pioneers world-class drug discoveries in Africa, and he has also become known for his pivotal work on malaria.
Chibale said his inclusion on the list was “unexpected and overwhelming. I am so grateful to God for this recognition”.
H3D mainly works in the fields of tuberculosis and malaria and already has a potential drug for malaria in human trials.