Emile Ferreira
Emile Dos Santos Ferreira

Award-winning software developer and entrepreneur, solving the problems of tomorrow. Recipient of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship. Breakthrough Developer of the Year, MTN Business.

  • with years of programming experience
  • Cape Town, South Africa
2023 - Present
Head Teaching Assistant — Stellenbosch University

I'm leading a team of eight to plan, present and assess the Computer Science 343 course for 176 students. I also assisted with Computer Science 334.

2020 - Present
Founder and Bot Whisperer — InsiteBot

InsiteBot is a website chatbot that's as easy to set up as editing a spreadsheet.

2021 - 2021
Student Project Leader — Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services partnered with Stellenbosch University to create an educational app that assesses and improves the numerical literacy of primary school students who learn remotely. I led a team of six to successfully undertake this project.

2017 - 2017
Intern Developer — Root

Root is an end-to-end digital insurance platform. I focused on Android development while working at Root.

2017 - 2017
Developer — Replit

A free, collaborative, in-browser integrated developer environment. I worked on the Replit education platform.

2016 - 2016
Intern Web Developer — Aura Host

Aura is a web hosting and development company. I created websites and marketing content for their clients.

2023 - Present
BScHons in Computer Science — Stellenbosch University

I'm reading for an honours degree in computer science, funded by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. My research is on understanding transformers through formal languages.

2019 - 2021
BSc in Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science), cum laude — Stellenbosch University

I studied mathematics with a focus in computer science and machine learning, achieving a 93% final-year average. This was funded by the Stellenbosch University Merit Bursary and Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

2015 - 2018
National Senior Certificate — South African College High School (SACS)

I attended SACS High School on the Victoria Scholarship, achieving an 88% final average.

2016 - 2017
Graphic design — Putter School

I studied design principles and best practices, focusing on user interface design and branding.

2021 - Present
Open-source Developer

I voluntarily contribute to open-source projects such as nvim-strict, RASP and comment.nvim.

2017 - Present
Founder — Bestee

Bestee is an offline, privacy-respecting virtual assistant for Android, which I chose not to monetise.

2022 - 2022

Camphill Farm Community Hermanus strives to provide high quality of life and meaningful work for adults with intellectual disabilities. I spent four months volunteering full time at Camphill, working on the farm and assisting residents in their workshops and daily lives.

2019 - 2021
Co-founder — Debugged

I co-founded and presented for Debugged which offered computer science talks and workshops at Stellenbosch University. A portion of proceeds was donated to Code for Change.


Emile is very talented not only in coding but also in video production and has a knack for marketing as well. This makes him one of a kind technical talent.

Amjad Masad
CEO and President of Replit

Emile has excelled at SACS and has risen above his peers especially in the academic aspect of school life. He has consistently delivered top marks thanks to excellent academic discipline.

B. J. Grant
Headmaster of SACS

If you are looking for someone who is prepared, competent, industrious, creative, entrepreneurial, connective and - above all, a really decent human being - you will have found that in Emile.

Andrew Putter
Director of Putter School

I want to congratulate [Emile's team] for winning the Fintech Coding Challenge. This is certainly a fantastic achievement for a group of first year students!

Prof Louise Warnich
Dean of Science, Stellenbosch University

In over 15 years of running a design and hosting company I have never seen such potential and enthusiasm for our industry.

Thomas Knowler
CEO of Aura Hosting

[...] Elon Musk of the future.

Annette Muller
Founder of Flexyforce

Punctuality, efficiency, responsibility, conduct, willingness - all excellent.

Louw Hopley
CEO of Root

Your [Computer Science] 345 project was definitely one of the best student projects I've seen over the years.

Prof Brink van der Merwe
Head of Computer Science, Stellenbosch University

[Emile] is a team player and always willing to bring more than is expected of him.

Sam Hodson
Executive Manager of Camphill Farm Community Hermanus

Thanks. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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