Dr Nosiphiwe “Nosi” Ngqwala is a member of the SAYAS EXCO. She is currently a 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 lecture and a researcher working with the Environmental health and biotechnology research group (EHBRG) where she supervises Masters and Honors students. Although she is from Mount Frere Eastern Cape, she has a deep-rooted love for South Africa and passionate about the society, which have 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 two NPOs: Siyakhana youth development, which focuses on youth development in rural areas in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal Provinces. The second is Children of the soil (COTS), focusing on working with schools to address climate change issues in Grahamstown. She is also a vice chairperson of Young Water Professionals (YWP) in the Eastern Cape “Programme is focused on bringing people working in or interested in the water sector together in a meaningful way” and 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.