Leah Matsinha

  • Chemistry Lecturer, University of Johannesburg
  • University of Cape Town, Innovation / IT


Leah was born in Gweru, Zimbabwe. In 2013, Leah was awarded a Canon Collins scholarship to complete her PhD in Chemistry and won a Women in Science Award, South Africa. Leah went on to win the Canon Collins Impact award in 2015 , using her funding to teach chemistry and entrepreneurial skills to orphans in Zimbabwe, empowering them through skills development and boosting their self-sufficiency. Her greatest professional challenge was having to prove herself in the male dominated world of science. Leah is a member of the South African Chemical Institute. She is available for comment on green chemistry: developing recyclable catalysts from the Platinum Group of Metals.

Greatest Achievement

Developing a winning concept and the support of fellow scholars for the 2015 Canon Collins Impact Award.

Professional Interests

Synthetic organometallic chemistry, catalysis and green chemistry.