Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC. Her vision: “empowerment of children around the world to create a safe and healthy home for each of them”. Apart from contributing to this vision on a daily basis she gives advice on infectious or immunological problems in children. In addition, she teaches medical students, paediatric residents, and colleague paediatricians on important topics in the field of paediatric infectious disease. MTvF’s research focuses on bacterial meningitis from bench to bedside, including follow-up of these patients. As an Honorary Professor of Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town she supervises South-African PhD students in their research on tuberculous meningitis and HIV. She holds an MBA and uses this knowledge in initiating innovative projects such as “Giving children a chance for life” on HIV treatment adherence which will have a global impact. Together with her wife (Mpho Tutu van Furth) she has built an e-mentoring platform, for women only, # I Too (www.tututeach.org).