Dr Maria Phalima is a medical doctor, an award-winning author, transformational speaker and facilitator. She holds degrees in Science (BSc – 1993) and Medicine (MBChB – 1999) from the University of Cape Town.
Her memoir, titled ‘Post-mortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away’ won the City Press Non-fiction award in 2012. Her novel for teens, ‘Second Chances’, was the English Language category winner of the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards in 2013.
he is passionate about helping people to lead extraordinary lives and she believes that we all have potential. She has a deep interest in leadership development and she has facilitated leadership training courses for the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town.
Dr Maria Phalima tailors every presentation to fit her audiences and the purpose of her clients’ events. She is a skilled facilitator with the aim to touch, move and inspire her audiences. Her story is compelling and her delivery is engaging; having spoken in front of a wide variety of audiences, from high school learners, medical students, doctors, government officials, entrepreneurs and educators.