Aliki Edgcumbe LLB (UKZN), PGCE (UNISA), LLM (UKZN) is a first-year doctoral research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), investigating the use of persons’ geospatial data for public health surveillance. This is part of the larger NIH-funded DS-I Africa study on the legal dimensions of using data science for health discovery and innovation in Africa. Aliki acquired her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from UKZN in 2007 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) through UNISA in 2013. Aliki has over twelve years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts and has had the privilege of teaching English in top-performing girls’ schools in the province. In 2021, she completed a Master of Laws (LLM) at UKZN. As a researcher, the rights of children and vulnerable groups are her principal motivators. She is dedicated to developing laws that progress society and protect its most vulnerable members. With this end in mind, Aliki studied her LLM in the area of child care and protection law. Her dissertation focused on the case of AB v Minister of Social Development, and specifically the genetic link requirement needed for surrogate motherhood agreements, as contained in s 294 of the Children’s Act. Ultimately, her desire is to see her research in geospatial data have practical application in assisting health researchers to better understand laws around public health surveillance in Africa.