STEM WOW - STEM Woman of the Week

Telling the stories of African women rocking it in STEM

STEM WOW is a project by Nsesa Foundation to tell the stories of young inspirational African women on the continent and in the diaspora who are rocking it in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

From January 2018, we have been sharing the stories of such women with 2.5 million people across the world on our website and social media pages.

We hope to inspire the next generation of female African Innovators, Scientists, Engineers and STEM educators with these powerful stories.

Latest STEM WOW Stories

Meet Dr Nabila Ahmed Rufa’L, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

Dr Rufa’I was born in September 1987 in the ancient city of Kano in North-western Nigeria. She completed her primary and secondary education in Kano before proceeding to Bayero University Kano for her undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, she was employed as a Technical consultant on Renewable Energy Systems in a private company in Nigeria. She later enrolled in a Master’s program in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, where she graduated with distinction. Dr Nabila Ahmed Rufa’I graduated from the same University with a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2019. CONTINUE READING

Meet Lydia Gathoni, Data Scientist and an Applications Developer

Lydia Gathoni is currently working as a Data Scientist focused on using data to make predictive models and solving problems. She is a graduate of Kabarak University with a BSc. in Computer Science majoring in Software Engineering. She has over 4 years of experience in software development where she has worked on several projects and developed systems in various fields and websites. CONTINUE READING

Meet Grace Kago, PhD candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology University of Texas at Austin, USA

Grace is a Kenyan-American scientist who emigrated from Kenya to the USA when she was in middle school. In college, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Minor in Art History from McDaniel College (Maryland, USA). She is currently a doctoral student and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow in the Cell and Molecular Biology program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has presented posters detailing her research at various international conferences like the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Biophysical Society (BPS). CONTINUE READING

Meet Desireé Davies, Cyber Security Cloud & Applications Analyst at Vistra Energy

Desireé C. Davies is of Liberian descent and is currently residing in Irving, Texas. She is a Security Engineer at Vistra Energy. She is a member of the Identity Access Management /Application Security team involved in securing access to applications and systems, privileged access and ensuring timely creation/terminations of user accounts via automated integration between applications. An Honors graduate, she earned her Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security degree from Capella University. CONTINUE READING

Meet Karine Ndjoko Ioset General Manager of BEBUC Excellence Higher Education Program – Prof. Chemistry Switzerland-Germany-DR Congo

Karine Ndjoko Ioset is a circulating brain between Switzerland, Germany and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is a Professor of analytical chemistry (University of Lubumbashi) and General Manager of the Excellence Scholarship Program named BEBUC (Bourse d’Excellence Bringmann aux Universités Congolaises), a partnership involving the University of Würzburg (Germany), 14 Congolese universities and 11 schools ( CONTINUE READING

Meet Jessica Manhiça, Managing Partner at IDEÁRIO Hub, Mozambique

Jessica Manhiça is a 25-year-old Mozambican who is passionate about disrupting systems. She has a background in Marketing and PR, professional skills development, business development, and job creation. She is currently the Managing Partner of a community-based social business accelerator, IDEÁRIO Hub, where she co-founded the first women-only tech marketplace, TEKLA, as a gender-inclusive employment tool. CONTINUE READING

Meet Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki, Data Analyst at Okavango Diamond Company

Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki comes from Botswana. She is a Data Analyst intern at Okavango Diamond Company and also a part-time tutor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Accounting. Kelebogile has a Bachelors’ Degree in Applied Sciences (Mathematics and Statistics) from the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), and she is also an alumna of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS-SA) – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), where she earned her Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences at AIMS South Africa. CONTINUE READING

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