Maria Jose is a medical doctor and Master of Public Health student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) who is passionate about fostering the next generation of African doctors. She has worked in a diverse range of fields from clinical medicine and trials research to tertiary education and health economic research. She graduated from UCT with an MBChB with distinction. During her studies, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and recognized as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. She is motivated by society’s hard-to-solve problems and challenges them directly with impactful initiatives. Her self-funded research project provided a model for the provision of integrated reproductive health services at primary health care clinics in Johannesburg. As a lecturer and course facilitator at UCT, she embraced technology, establishing an online pathology e-reader and developing question bank software to improve assessments at the Faculty of Health Science. She is currently marrying her love for tech, public health, philanthropy, and higher education in her latest pursuit: a device drive which collects and distributes donated laptops to health science university students in need, fostering a culture of ubuntu and addressing inequality in South Africa’s higher education sector.