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Lindo Nkambule, 24

Lindo Nkambule, 24

Associate computational biologist
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

The Broad Institute is a world-renowned biomedical research hub and is home to one of South Africa’s most prodigious youngsters in computational biology. Lindo Nkambule has been tasked with leading the development of novel software for analysing large genomic...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Lerato Mpye, 34

Lerato Mpye, 34

Scientist
Mintek

The hard-won PhD in molecular medicine before her 29th birthday and her daughter’s recent graduation from grade R – these are the moments that Mpye cites as the proudest of her life. But it is more than maternal pride: having others flourish academically seems to rank...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Kelita Shadrach, 27

Kelita Shadrach, 27

PhD candidate
University of the Witwatersrand

Pursuing a career in archaeology and travelling the world as a result have been beautiful surprises for Kelita Shadrach. She currently holds bachelor’s, honours and master’s degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and, as a PhD candidate, her research...

Oratile Mashazi | mg.co.za
Ritesh Ajoodha, 29

Ritesh Ajoodha, 29

Senior lecturer
School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand

Ritesh Ajoodha’s expertise across diverse topics of interest is truly remarkable. A senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Ajoodha combines his passion for pedagogy with his interests in music,...

Dylan Lazarus | mg.co.za
Mohube Tebeila, 30

Mohube Tebeila, 30

Manager in strategy, robotics, and AI
Deloitte Consulting

Mohube Tebeila grew up in a small village in Limpopo, far away from server banks, fibre optic cables, or any of the ideas and technologies informing her current work. Today she is a driving force in digital transformation and the application of artificial intelligence...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Gauta Matlou, 30

Gauta Matlou, 30

Postdoctoral researcher
University of Johannesburg

Postdoctoral researcher Gauta Matlou is building a legacy based on innovation in pharmaceuticals and improving the wellbeing of cancer patients. At the University of Johannesburg, where he is currently undertaking a research fellowship, Matlou’s research involves the...

Sandiso Ngubane | mg.co.za
Lyndon Naidoo, 26

Lyndon Naidoo, 26

PhD student
Durban University of Technology (DUT)

Lyndon Naidoo is a 26-year-old PhD student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). He received his master’s of applied sciences in chemistry cum laude in 2021, winning the Dean’s Merit Award. Naidoo says this was one of his proudest moments. “It was a...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Keitumetsi Tsotetsi, 29

Keitumetsi Tsotetsi, 29

Senior specialist in governance, risk and control, and chief information officer
Vodacom and Geekulcha

Keitumetsi Tsotetsi is a cybersecurity expert working for Vodacom, where she specialises in implementing and evaluating projects that strengthen the organisation’s digital security. Her role is that of the stalwart defender, protecting customers’ data and ensuring...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Jade Abbot, 31

Jade Abbot, 31

Machine learning lead
Retro Rabbit and Masakhane

Jade Abbott has worked as a software engineer and data scientist in every field, from fintech and non-governmental organisations to start-ups across the continent. In 2019, Abbott cofounded Masakhane, a grassroots organisation that aims to strengthen natural language...

Afrika Bogatsu | mg.co.za
Edith Phalane, 30

Edith Phalane, 30

Postdoctoral research fellow
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg

Dr Edith Phalane is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg. Her current project focuses on understanding the differential impacts of Covid-19 mortality in South Africa in order to create better mitigation strategies for vulnerable...

James Nash | mg.co.za
Natasha Ross, 34

Natasha Ross, 34

Senior lecturer and researcher
University of the Western Cape

Chemistry may have been the bane of her childhood, but with a PhD in the field, Natasha Ross can finally proclaim to have conquered her scholastic nemesis. The Kuils River native is the first university graduate in her family. Through lecturing and the work of her...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za
Daniel Ndima, 34

Daniel Ndima, 34

Founder and chief executive
CapeBio Technologies

Daniel Ndima is a biotechnology entrepreneur and founder of CapeBio Technologies. His primary role is to build the structures and networks that support the development of locally developed bio-solutions by ensuring researchers, developers and manufacturers have access...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Dumisani Biyela, 34

Dumisani Biyela, 34

Senior civil engineer
Mthabeleni Consultants

Dumisani Biyela is a senior civil engineer with Mthabeleni Consultants. Biyela has more than 11 years of professional experience in the design and construction of bulk water supply, secondary bulk, reticulation and contract management. He worked on the ePhatheni Water...

Fatima Moosa | mg.co.za
Archana Arakkal, 27

Archana Arakkal, 27

Practice lead: intelligent data division
Synthesis Software Technologies

Artificial intelligence (AI) and data should be used to improve the healthcare sector, believes Archana Arakkal. As a thought leader in the AI and data space, her job involves providing clients in the finance sector with innovative solutions based on emerging...

Sandiso Ngubane | mg.co.za