Queens of STEM

Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Queens! The theme of the year is Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth as only 28.8% of world researchers are women, with about 31% being from sub-Saharan Africa according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics. While Africa still has a long way to go in terms of gender-inclusivity in STEM, women are making remarkable strides in the male-dominated industry. Here are 10 leading women advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Africa and the Diaspora.

Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor

Juliet is a tech expert, leadership coach and Google's County Manager in Nigeria. She was recognized as one of BBC's Power Women of Africa and strives to ensure the availability of affordable internet access in Africa's biggest tech markets. Her empowerment initiative, Beyond Limits Africa, is an initiative born out of her desire to help young people become the best versions of themselves.

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin

Abisoye was recognized as a 2018 CNN Hero for her work in empowering girls living in poverty. She is the founder of Pearls Africa Foundation, which teaches girls and women about computer programming. Many of the girls she’s mentored have already produced their own apps to combat issues, like poverty and female genital mutilation, in their communities.

Ethel Cofie

Ethel is the CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting and Digital Products Company in West Africa and Europe who was recently named IT Consulting Firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry. She is also the Founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 African countries and physical chapters in Ghana, Kenya and London.

Ugwem Eneyo

Ugwem is the co-founder and CEO of Solstice Energy Solutions, a start-up company specializing in leveraging the internet-of-things (IoT), software, and data-driven approaches to help African homes and small business find reliable, clean and cost-saving energy solutions.

Tebello Nyokong

Internationally renowned scientist and Professor of Chemistry, Tebello is a Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award winner in recognition of her efforts to advance science on the continent and has been commended for her pioneering research into photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment.

Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu

Uchenna is the founder of Edufun Technik, a Social Enterprise that focuses on the implementation of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for children and youth in underprivileged and underserved communities in Eastern Nigeria.

Yvonne Allanah, Adeola Shasanya & Morenike Johnson

Yvonne, Adeola & Morenike are the co-founders of AfroTech Girls, an NGO that encourages, educates and empowers African girls of secondary and university levels in the STEM fields to follow through and achieve whatever goals they set for themselves through  mentorship, teamwork, creativity and innovation.

Eunice Baguma-Ball

Eunice is the Founder and Director of the Africa Technology Business Network and the author of Founding Women: African women who are defying the odds to build successful businesses in tech. ATBN is a social enterprise working to connect and empower innovators, businesses and investors leveraging technology to drive sustainable development in Africa. Their goal is to build a more gender-inclusive, skilled & globally impactful African tech ecosystem.

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