Professor Alta Schutte was born in South Africa on 8 July 1977. Since obtaining her PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology in 2002 at age 24, she was author or co-author of almost a 100 peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals. She was also invited as keynote speaker at numerous international conferences and meetings, including Australia and Denmark. As the Director of the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) she not only motivates young and upcoming scientists, but also contributes significantly to capacity building as current/previous supervisor or co-supervisor of 47 BSc Honours, Masters, and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral research fellows. The core motivation for her work is the immense double-burden of HIV infection and non-communicable diseases of black communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. HART focus specifically on the development of high blood pressure and subsequent cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Their work span various large epidemiological and clinical studies in South African communities, presenting novel data that may contribute to the alleviation of cardiovascular disease. Her novel approaches in addressing and understanding hypertension has resulted in an array of research awards and medals from the National Department of Science and Technology, as well as Science Councils.