Early last month we embarked on shedding light on Ugandan women in Tech and creating a repository of these women. Our hope is that this will inspire the next generation or a woman out there who wants to build a career in STEM.
Over the next couple of months, we shall be bringing different stories and bios of these women across Uganda. Stay tuned!
Barbara Birungi Mutabazi
Barbara Birungi (born 7 August 1986) is a female technologist and the founding manager of HiveColab in Kampala, Uganda. She is the founder of Women in Technology Uganda, an initiative aimed at helping women and girls pursue technology careers. Prior to Hive, Birungi was a staff member at the African technology firm Appfrica.
Barbara graduated with honors in a Bachelors degree in Business Computing from Makerere University and received a postgraduate degree in Project Planning and Management. As a student at Makerere she volunteered at an orphanage, teaching basic ICT skills and career guidance to high school students, many of whom are now tech professionals. She is an enthusiast of ICT4D, innovation, and women and girls in Uganda, and has mentored and taught more than 300 young girls.
She won the Anita Borg Change Agent award in 2014 an award that recognizes outstanding international women (non-US residents with an emphasis on developing countries) who have created opportunities for girls and women in technology. She has spoken at several international events including at UNESCO, the United Nations, Motorola, the United Nations Development Programme, and ITU on the importance of closing the gender technology gap in sub-Saharan Africa over a period of 5 years. On 26 February 2013, she was one of several speakers invited by UNESCO to describe how e-science was being used in their country to strengthen the interface between science, policy, and society.
In 2015, Women In Technology Uganda was awarded the project inspire grand prize, which is awarded to outstanding organizations supporting that enable and empower women economically.
Eng Dr. Dorothy Okello
Eng Dr.Dorothy Okello is the Dean, School of Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University. Also, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Researcher with netLabs!UG that seeks to be a leader in collaborative research, development and solutions on innovative telecommunication and networking technologies, strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Uganda and across East Africa. Adjunct Member of Faculty, Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland.
Director of Innovation, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) hosted by Makerere University. Supported by USAID, RAN is a multi-disciplinary network of 18 Sub-Saharan African universities that seek to identify, develop and scale innovative solutions to strengthen resilience of African communities.
Member, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), and registered by Engineers Registration Board (ERB). Served as UIPE President 2016-2018. Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and have served on the 2017 – 2019 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Africa (AHCA).
Founder, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) whose mission is to promote and support the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by women and women organizations in Uganda.
Recognized with a number of international and national awards over the years including as ‘Top ICT Woman – Uganda ICT Excellence Awards 2009’ organised by the Uganda ICT Forum. Featured in 12 Top Technology People in East Africa who are technologists with a social twist by Enterprise Technology Magazine, September 2012. Received the Women Achievers Award 2012 for enhancing women’s empowerment through Science & Technology presided over by H.E. Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda. In November 2013, 1st recipient of Africa’s first Digital Woman Award at ICT Days in Cameroon. In 2014, selected as Vital Voices Fellow for distinguished emerging and established women leaders who promote women and girls’ progress.
Evelyn Namara is a Ugandan technology entrepreneur with a keen interest in the power Technology has in transforming lives, enabling innovation and entrepreneurship to foster long-term economic development.
She founded Vouch Digital, a fintech start-up working with international aid organizations, governments as well as corporates to help facilitate the distribution of value in form of aid, subsidies, and entitlements to end-users and program participants in a transparent, traceable manner leveraging both digital payments and electronic voucher means.
Currently, she is the Manager, Global SIG and Community Engagement at the Internet Society where she works on defining, managing and coordinating community engagement and mobilization activities across departments to support the Organizational objectives.
Evelyn has lead multiple technologies for development projects in her native Uganda and has worked in the telecommunications industry, renewable energy sector, mobile payments, as well as tech start-ups
– Honoree, MIPAD Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40, Business & Entrepreneurship Class of 2018, UN
– Finalist Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, 2018
– Outstanding Woman in Innovation, MTN Innovation Awards, 2017
– The current chair of the Anita Borg Change Agent Awards selection committee
– Anita Borg Change Agent Award Winner, 2012
– Acumen East African Fellow, 2012
– IDEX fellow, 2015
– IamTheCODE Ambassador
Evelyn is passionate about Technology for Development (ICT4D), Youth and Entrepreneurship as well as empowering women in technology.
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