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 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 Jessica Manhiça, Managing Partner at IDEÁRIO Hub, Mozambique

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
Meet Kelebogile Phatsimo Baliki, Data Analyst at Okavango Diamond Company

Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM, Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at University of Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2, Constantine, Algeria

Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2 University since October 2008. She has more than 17 years of experience in scientific research and 12 years in higher education. CONTINUE READING
Dr Meriem BELGUIDOUM, Associate Professor at the Faculty of New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) at University of Abdelhamid Mehri Constantine 2, Constantine, Algeria

Meet GUIADEM K. Arielle Theodora National Program Support Fellow at UNDP São Tomé-et-Príncipe

Theodora comes from Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. She is a trained Environmental Engineer from ENSAI Ngaoundere, and worked for about two years in Industrial Processing and Environmental management sectors. After her last position as a R&D Engineer, she resumed school at Ecole Mines Nantes under the MOPGA (Make Our Planet Great Again) initiative by the French President Emmanuel Macron, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering. CONTINUE READING
Meet GUIADEM K. Arielle Theodora National Program Support Fellow at UNDP São Tomé-et-Príncipe

Meet Porcho Marguerite Sogoba, President of MUSODEV

Porcho Marguerite SOGOBA, is a computer engineer. After obtaining her baccalaureate in scientific series, she joined the Faculty of Sciences and Techniques of Bamako, where she studied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry before specializing in computer science. She is now the president, founder of MUSODEV (Association for the Promotion of Women through ICT), Director of Hello Digital (a firm specializing in digital communication and website creation) and in charge of Digital Innovations at the Canadian NGO Farm Radio International. CONTINUE READING
Meet Porcho Marguerite Sogoba, President of MUSODEV

Meet Maureen Andalia, Afrika Kommt! Fellow, SAP Headquarters (Germany)

Maureen Andalia is an Afrika Kommt! Fellow at the SAP Headquarters in Germany. She is currently working in the office of the COO-HANA & Analytics, with a focus on business steering. Her work involves driving the adoption and execution of strategy by KPI management like goal planning, workforce strategy, budget preparation and forecasting, headcount management and total cost of ownership control. CONTINUE READING
Meet Maureen Andalia, Afrika Kommt! Fellow, SAP Headquarters (Germany)

Meet Dr Djaltou Aboubaker Osman, Researcher at Center for Studies and Research of Djibouti (CERD) and Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador

Dr Osman was born in Djibouti (East Africa) where she did all her schooling until her Baccalaureate. At the time, there was no university in her country so she pursued her higher education in France. She returned to her country with a Masters in Research in Basic and Applied Microbiology. After holding various positions, she was hired at the Center for Studies and Research of Djibouti (CERD). CONTINUE READING
Meet Dr Djaltou Aboubaker Osman, Researcher at Center for Studies and Research of Djibouti (CERD) and Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Ambassador

Meet Deborah Dormah Kanubala MSc. Student at the African Masters of Machine Intelligence (AMMI), (Ghana)

Miss. Deborah Dormah Kanubala is currently an MSc. Student at the African Masters of Machine Intelligence (AMMI). She developed her passion for mathematics after an interesting class in Algebraic expression at the Junior High School. Spared on by this, she proceeded to pursue mathematics at the Senior High School and subsequently enrolled in the University for Development Studies in Ghana where she obtained a degree in Financial Mathematics. Having distinguished herself with her performance during her undergraduate studies, together with her acquired interest in using mathematics to change the world, she enrolled in the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS)- Senegal, where she completed in February, 2019 with an MSc. in Mathematical Science. CONTINUE READING
Meet Deborah Dormah Kanubala MSc. Student at the African Masters of Machine Intelligence (AMMI), (Ghana)

Meet Angela Tabiri, Postdoctoral fellow at AIMS-Ghana

After postgraduate studies at AIMS-Ghana and ICTP-Italy, Angela became conscious of the opportunities available when one studies mathematics. Prior to this, most people thought anyone who studied mathematics at the university would end up as a teacher. This is not to say that teaching is not a good profession as Angela also loves teaching. When she realised the many opportunities available after her postgraduate studies, she decided to volunteer as a mathematics teacher in a junior secondary school in her community. This would inspire the young students that mathematics is not impossible to study as perceived and one could pursue a career in mathematics. Angela’s undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Ghana. CONTINUE READING
Meet Angela Tabiri, Postdoctoral fellow at AIMS-Ghana

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