Michèle Ramsay (PhD) is the director of the Sydney Benner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Professor in Human Genetics and South African Research Chair holder in Genomics and Bioinformatics of African Populations. As a member of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Consortium (H3Africa) she leads the AWI-Gen study on the genetic and environmental contributions to obesity and cardiometabolic disease risk in six centres across four African countries. Her research aims to shed light on the role of African population genomic variation in susceptibility to diseases, given the ethnolinguistic and environmental diversity across the continent. The SBIMB has a research focus to support translational genomics in Africa. She is the President of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and past President of the African Society of Human Genetics.