Hester Klopper is the CEO of the Non profit Organisation FUNDISA as well as Extraordinary professor of the University of the Western Cape and North West University Potchefstroom. She obtained her undergraduate education at the Ann Latsky College of Nursing, Johannesburg, South Africa; Sterkfontein Nursing College, Krugersdorp, South Africa and the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. She completed her Magister Curationis (M.Cur) in 1992 and her PhD in 1994 at the University of Johannesburg (formerly known as Rand Afrikaans University), Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2002, she obtained her MBA at Luton University, United Kingdom.
Hester Klopper has filled a number of leadership and executive management positions i.e. Head of Department of Nursing Education, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (June 2001- June 2003) and has served on several company boards as Director and Managing Director.
Hester Klopper has a record of academic leadership and serves in a number of professional offices including election as Director-at-Large of the International Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International (2008-2011) (first person from Africa to be elected), election as Secretariat-Treasurer of the Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (2005-2010), election as a member of the International Board of Directors of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN) (2006-2010), as well as Chairperson of the Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) (2007-2010).
Hester Klopper serves on the editorial boards of the following research journals: Nursing and Health Sciences; International Journal for Nursing of Older People (Blackwell Publishers); Contemporary Nurse (Australian based); and Curationis (South African based). Furthermore, she acts as reviewer for at least ten journals. Her research interests include: leadership, workforce issues, staff and patient outcomes, positive practice environments, policy and theory generation. She has been the supervisor of more than 25 PhD students and more than 40 master’s students. She has published monographs, textbooks or chapters in textbooks, and more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented research and scholarly work at more than 100 international conferences. Furthermore, she has successfully obtained national and international funding for her research, and has received a number of awards for her work. In October 2010 she was awarded the 2010 Nursing Education Association Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership in Nursing Education for her dedicated and visionary leadership in the profession; and her competency, tenacity, passion and drive to promote the development of nursing education. The award she most cherishes is a Charter she received from the North-West University, School of Nursing Science, on the 9th June 2006 for Leadership and Ambassadorship Globally for Nursing during the 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
Hester Klopper’s focus in teaching is on Health Service Management, Nursing Education and Research on post-basic and post-graduate level. She has also developed a theory for constructive learning in nursing education that has been tested in the teaching-learning practice.
Hester Klopper is the eldest of four children, born to the late Pieter Matthee and Pat Els. She is married to Willem Klopper, and has two children, Wilco and Simri. Her hobbies include painting, writing poetry and reading.