Heloise Greeff trained as a Mechatronics Engineer (UCT) in South Africa and is currently part of a team at the Oxford Computational Health Informatics Lab developing Smart Water Systems for use in handpumps in rural Kenya and Bangladesh. The project aims to design, build and use mobile technology innovations for water security. Heloise is developing the machine learning algorithms that predict handpump failures and ensure timely maintenance. The data from the handpumps can also be used to identify groundwater levels and phenotype users by pumping characteristics to better inform public policy in these remote areas.
Passionate about the role of engineers in social development, Heloise is a founding member of Engineers Without Borders South Africa. EWB-SA aims to create a platform for young engineers in South Africa to generate, use, and transfer engineering knowledge that benefits society. She has also served as co-convener of the Rhodes Scholar Southern Africa Forum in Oxford. This UK-based grant-making agency is led by a group of socially conscious Rhodes Scholars and supports community development initiatives in southern Africa.
She is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow, South African Brightest Young Minds delegate and St Gallen Leader of Tomorrow. The has also joined the MIT Global Startup Workshop and One Young World conferences as delegate speaker.
Heloise received her MPhil in Inclusive Innovation from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town as Bertha Scholar. She then joined the CHI Lab at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 2013, where she completed her MSc in Biomedical Engineering. After a MBA from the Said Business School at Oxford, she rejoined the CHI Lab in 2016 to undertake her DPhil.