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).

Between January and June 2018, we will share 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 Njeri Mwaniki, Founder of Zaidi STEM, Kenya

Njeri grew up on a flower farm in Limuru, Kenya. In 2001, she located with her parents to the USA, where she completed her high school in Chapel Hill, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University, and a Masters of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She currently works as an Information Scientist at Bayer supporting the North America Crop business. CONTINUE READING
Meet Njeri Mwaniki, Founder of Zaidi STEM, Kenya

Meet Professor Aissa Wade, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University

Aissa Wade is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University and she was the head of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Senegal, 2016-2018. She has held visiting positions at several institutions including The University of North Carolina, The African University of Science and Technology and The University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. Professor Wade received her doctoral degree in Mathematics from University Montpellier 2, France before joining the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics as a Postdoctoral Fellow. CONTINUE READING
Meet Professor Aissa Wade, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University

Meet Ikpotokin O. Peace, Global Ambassador at the Society of Women Engineers, Nigeria

Ikpotokin O. Peace is a Civil Engineer by Profession, an SDG Advocate, Volunteer, Global STEM Ambassador and Blogger. Peace presently offers Technical Support at Interkel, on a proposed Data Centre project in Nigeria. She is seen leveraging on a number of organizations including the International Youth Council, Society of Women Engineers and The Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) to make an impact. CONTINUE READING
Meet Ikpotokin O. Peace, Global Ambassador at the Society of Women Engineers, Nigeria

Meet Binta Moustapha, Founder of Elmira Schools, Nigeria

Born in Kaduna-Nigeria, Binta has lived in 34/36 States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. An aspiring Techplomat (Tech-Diplomat), Binta has a background in teaching Basic Science, Biology, Chemistry, Technical English, English as a Second Language for French West African Speakers. Binta has also been initiating and coordinating enrichment programmes to promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, tagged STEM, for young Nigerians especially girls/women. CONTINUE READING
Meet Binta Moustapha, Founder of Elmira Schools, Nigeria

Meet Marie Claire Murekatete, Software Development Engineer at Intel, USA

Marie Claire Murekatete is currently the Software Development Engineer at Intel, USA. She has gained her experience by attending technical training and working for more than 8 years in a range of technical and management assignments at Intel, Google, the Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA)and Rwanda Development Board (RDB). CONTINUE READING
Meet Marie Claire Murekatete, Software Development Engineer at Intel, USA

Meet Janet Silantoi, Founder of Butterfly Techies, Kenya

Janet is passionate about technology and women empowerment. She received her Business Information Technology degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and is a Certified Information Security Incident Handler (E-CIH). She is currently an Assistant ICT Officer at ICT Authority for the Kenyan Government. CONTINUE READING
Meet Janet Silantoi, Founder of Butterfly Techies, Kenya

Meet Siphokazi Gatyeni, SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies

Siphokazi Gatyeni, grew up in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She completed her Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Stellenbosch in 2015. Currently, she is working as a SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies, where her current role is developing SAPUI5 mobile applications. CONTINUE READING
Meet Siphokazi Gatyeni, SAP Consultant at Zimele Technologies

Meet Ons Kharrat, Coach in First Skills Club

Ons Kharrat is a Pioneer High School student. She coaches mobile apps development and robotics in First Skills Club, a Tunisian educative association, since three years. Her mission is to help young Tunisian learners (aged between 10 and 17 years old) use modern technology tools in a positive way that will empower their abilities to have access to higher education and create remarkable change in their community. CONTINUE READING
Meet Ons Kharrat, Coach in First Skills Club

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