Dr Colin Noel is a consultant surgeon, currently working in the Transplant Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. He also has a MMed in General Surgery as well as a BSc Medical Hons and BA. He has achieved multiple awards in his academic career thus far in a variety of fields and is passionate about research and teaching. In 2016 his daughter, Olive, was born and at 6 weeks of age became severely ill. She was eventually diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan Anaemia (DBA). The difficulties they experienced around diagnosis and initial management, as well as the lack of information, expertise and research in our African setting led him to found DBA Africa and the Olive Children’s Foundation in the hopes of improving support and access to care for patients with this condition around our continent. His current focus is on establishing an international collaborative registry and well as local treatment guidelines, whilst advocating for patients with DBA.