South Africa-at-large, 2015
Current Place of Residence: Johannesburg
University: University of Cape Town
Current/Recent Course: MBChB (Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery)
Jessica completed her MBChB with distinction at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and will begin her medical internship at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital in January 2015. She is also busy with a Masters in Public Health at UCT. She was Vice President of the UCT Students Representative Council, and subsequently Vice President of SHAWCO Health - a student-run NPO which operates primary-care clinics in underprivileged communities around Cape Town. Her passion for politics and public policy stems from her longstanding involvement in debating, having represented South Africa at the World Schools Debating Championships in 2006 & 2007, and sitting on the organising committee to host the competition in Cape Town in 2012. At Oxford she plans to read for a DPhil in Population Health.