In honour of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 7, we wanted to spotlight four inspirational women who are working in science and tech in Africa.
1) Mariéme Jamme
Originally from Senegal, Marieme is a tireless advocate for technology and the importance of building STEM skills on the continent. She is also CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a consultancy that helps enterprise tech companies get a foothold in Europe, Asia and Africa. Here’s a video of her passionately explaining what Africa’s scientific independence means to her.
2) Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa
Management consultants by day, Afua and Yasmin also co-founded She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that supports high-potential female entrepreneurs by helping them jump-start their businesses. On January 24, they successfully ran their first ever ‘Who wants to be a tech millionaire’ event, which provided workshops for young women interested in building tech-enabled businesses. Here’s a little more about their work, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!
3) Liberata Mwita, PhD student, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Growing up, Liberata wanted to become a pilot, but her family urged her to pursue a career in scientific research. Now she is studying for a PhD with SABINA at the University of Pretoria where she is part of a larger, multi-investigator project addressing complex questions about how several species of Bacillus bacteria interact with plants. This is an important question because earlier research has shown that these bacteria, which are free-living in the soil, promote plant growth under the proper circumstances. To learn more about RISE, the programme she is associated with, please click here.
4) Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder, Women in Engineering
A native of South Africa, Naadiya describes herself as a ‘serial social entrepreneur’. With a background in engineering, Naadiya decided to set up WomEng, a social enterprise developing the next generation of women engineering leaders around the world. At present, WomEng operates in South Africa and Kenya, but aspires to expand into West Africa. We look forward to following her impact!
Photo: United Nations, Women in Cote d’Ivoire Celebrating International Women’s Day, March 8, 2005