Dr Nosiphiwe “Nosi” Ngqwala is a Senior lecturer at Rhodes University in the faculty of Pharmacy. As a young academic she is interested in contributing in the intellectual pool of the country. As a result after her PhD, she decided to become a lecturer and a researcher working with the Environmental Health and Biotechnology Research Group (EHBRG) where she recently became head of research and supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students. She has a deep-rooted love for South Africa and is passionate about society, which has motivated her to be a part of the solutions to the economic, environmental and social problems affecting South Africa. Her desire to make a difference led her to be the founder and a co-coordinator of Children of the soil (COTS) NPO, focusing on working with schools to address climate change issues in the Eastern Cape. In 2014-2016 she served as a vice chairperson of Young Water Professionals (YWP) in the Eastern Cape, a programme focused on bringing people working in or interested in the water sector together in a meaningful way. She is also an active member of the Activate Innovation Leadership Program, a national network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. She has recently became a fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), a new initiative that aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team management and research development. She is also part of the executive committee for South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) fellow which aim to contribute towards the development of scientific capacity in South Africa through mentoring and role-modelling of future scientists; and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations amongst young scientists. She is also a member of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD). She has been one of the 200 Young South Africans - Mail & Guardian on the lookout for in the category of Science & Technology, her most outstanding achievement for 2017.