Bachelor’s Degree – University of Johannesburg
Honours Degree – University of Johannesburg
Masters Degree – University of Johannesburg
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – University of the Witwatersrand
Merrill van der Walt is a Data Scientist at Strate Pty (Ltd.) with a special focus on interpreting Big Data within the South African financial markets. She has a strong focus on innovation in FinTech, and is passionate about machine learning and A.I. She was an academic at Wits University for the past 10 years and managed the Evolutionary Studies Institute and Centre of Excellence in Paleoscience.
Her GIS database was the first of its kind and has extensive application in the field of Geosciences. The data model allows for past reconstruction and trends in biological development over time. She was part of the science team awarded by the National Science Foundation in 2015 for their scientific contribution to the understanding of the origins of humankind. She holds a PhD from Wits University, and a Masters (cum laude) and Honours Degree from the University of Johannesburg and is currently completing a doctorate in Psychology. She is an author and science communicator.