Africa’s Top Women in Tech
IT News Africa recently released its list of “Africa’s Leading Women in Tech for 2015,” which included the following inspirational women:
- Yasmine Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, co-founded She Leads Africa, a platform for female entrepreneurs on the continent. Forbes included both women in its list of the most powerful women in Africa in 2014.
- Judith Owigar, co-founded and serves as operations director at JuaKali, an internet- and mobile-based directory for Keynan workers. Owigar also founded Akirachix, which helps young women and girls become involved in technology. She was also an International Focus Fellow and won the Anita Borg Change Agent Award in 2011.
- Annette Muller founded DotNxt, which supports digital development for companies in South Africa. Muller is also one of the Forbes’s “10 female tech founders to watch in Africa.”
- Marlise Montcho, is a telecom engineer in Benin, who founded FemTicDev, which helps girls get into technology. She supports various community causes including as deputy chair of the Committee on Technology of Africa Youth Movement, as well as runs a blog to break stereotypes about persons with disabilities.
- Juliet Ehimuan, serves as country manager for Google in Nigeria, having previously worked at Microsoft and started her own consulting company. Forbes named her in its “20 Youngest Power African Women” list.
- Janet Shufor Fofang, founded a primary and secondary school in Cameroon that encourages girls to learn ICT skills. She is also involved in President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative.
- Stellah Rotich is a technical support engineer at Text Book Center Limited. She also helped develop dLab, a Kenyan IT incubation center. She won a Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Scholarship and was a semi-finalist for the Young African Leader Initiative. She is in the process of launching a start-up to help empower women and girls in ICT.
- Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne, is one of ITU’s Girls in ICT Role Models. Her company provides broadband throughout West Africa.
- Ethel Cofie founded Women in Tech Africa and is a Mandela Fellow to President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. She was shortlisted for ITU’s GEM Tech Award, serves on various company boards, and is a popular conference speaker.
Visit our Girls in ICT Portal to read about more female ICT role models from Africa.
Source: Darryl Linington, IT News Africa