Heloise Greeff

Country representing

South Africa




  • Oxford University, MSc Biomedical Eng. and MBA
  • University of Cape Town, Mechatronics Eng.

Current organisation

Computational Health Informatics Lab, University of Oxford

Current role

Doctoral Researcher

Skills and Expertise

Product design
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


I am part of a team at the University of Oxford developing Smart Water Systems for use in rural handpumps. By retrofitting a simple and inexpensive device to a standard pump handle the smart handpumps are able to pro-actively monitor the condition of handpumps and ensure that millions of people can have access to a reliable water source. This project aims to design, build and evaluate mobile technology innovations for water security. My work involves condition monitoring systems for handpumps in rural regions, along with the construction of tools for risk assessment of water insecurity. I am developing the algorithms to predict pumps failure to ensure timely maintenance and identify groundwater levels to inform public policy in these remote areas. This work has study sites in Kenya and Bangladesh, and is funded by UNICEF. I am also a founding member of an NPO, Engineers Without Borders South Africa, that focuses on creating a platform to enable young engineers in South Africa to generate, use and transfer engineering knowledge that benefits society.