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Associate Professor & Sports Scientist, University of Johannesburg

Prof Habib Noorbhai is an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg, and also contributes his time as a sports scientist, speaker and humanitarian.

In 2013, he was among South Africa’s 100 brightest young minds and in 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans. He was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017. He was later inducted as a UCT Golden Key Honorary Member for 2018.

Prof Noorbhai has been working in academia for the last 8 years and has taught, published, supervised, and convened in various areas of sports science, public health and wellness. His research focus areas are mainly in cricket science, health promotion and healthcare innovation. Prof Noorbhai is an Associate Editor of the BMJ Sport and Exercise Medicine, and serves as a reviewer for both local and international sports journals. Prof Noorbhai has published more than 30 papers in numerous academic journals (and also writes OP-ED pieces for the media) and has presented at local and international conferences since 2012.

Prof Noorbhai has consulted and collaborated with an array of individuals and organisations applying his expertise through a scientific and research lens.

Prof Noorbhai has been fortunate to have worked with a number of local and international sports teams between 2010 and 2020, more notably, with cricket teams.

Since 2015, Prof Noorbhai offers a range of talks and workshops to corporates and organisations within the health and wellness, leadership, motivation and productivity areas. He has also served as MC and conducted speaking sessions for a wide range of organisations, including but not limited to: TEDx, Standard Bank, Woolworths, Smollan, PSG, CANSA, SA Sport and Recreation, and more.

Prof Noorbhai has appeared on a number of television and radio shows offering his advice and expertise on sports science and health related matters. He had his own sport and health show in 2015 on OpenViewHD, showcasing various topics.

Prof Noorbhai also founded an NPO in 2013 called The Humanitarians, a volunteer-based organisation, whereby various community projects and programmes are conducted through sport, health, education, sustainability and innovation. He is often involved in a number of outreach projects as being in the community fulfills him with happiness.


  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg
  • 2019–2020
    Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg
  • 2013–2019
    Director (Voluntary), The Humanitarians (NPO)
  • 2018–2018
    Academic Consultant & Researcher, University of Cape Town
  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • 2013–2014
    Academic Consultant, University of Cape Town
  • 2012–2012
    Biokineticist, Sports Science Institute of South Africa


  • 2017 
    University of Cape Town, PhD Exercise Science
  • 2014 
    University of Cape Town, MPhil Biokinetics


Mr South Africa 2017 | Golden Key International Honorary Member (UCT)