Alta (Aletta E.) Schutte, Ph.D. is Principal Theme Lead of Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health. She has extensive experience in working in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease within Africa as well as part of global projects. She is also Extraordinary Professor at the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University in South Africa where she served as Unit Director of Medical Research Council Extramural Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease.
She has a particular interest in the early detection, prevention and treatment of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in low resource settings and has led several multidisciplinary projects in this field, including biomarker discovery, early vascular aging and polyomics. Alta has published more than 300 papers and is involved in numerous international consortia, such as the Global Burden of Disease study (Washington DC), the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (London), May Measurement Month initiative of the International Society of Hypertension, and was invited author of the Lancet Commission of Hypertension. She is the Past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society and President of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH).