Interim Committee Profiles

Prof Norah Olembo

Prof Norah Olembo is the Executive Director ofAfrica Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF), Kenya and former chair to theboard of African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS). She holds a PhD inBiochemistry; Msc in Zoology; and a Bsc (Honours) degree (Chemistry, Zoology,Botany) from the University of Nairobi. She has trained in recombinant DNAtechniques at the Courtould Institute, Middlesex Hospital, London. Prof. Olembohas worked as a consultant for various organizations including the Kenya Nongovernmental Committee for the 1985 United Nations End of Decade Women’sConference; the UNEP Biodiversity/ Biotechnology Program; the CGIARSecretariat/World Bank; the International Service for National Agricultural Research;among others. She has published over 30 proceedings, abstract reports andresearch papers in various international scientific journals. Prof. Olembobelongs to over 30 professional societies and organizations including theGenetic Resources Policy Committee of the International Plant Genetic ResourcesInstitute (IPGRI), the Commission for Biological Education (CBE) of theInternational Union Trustee of the Public Law Institute, the National Committeeof Kenya National Academy of Science, the International Association for WomenBiochemist, among others.

Dr. Warigia Bowman

Dr. Warigia Bowman is an assistant professor at theUniversity of Mississippi in the Department of Public Policy Leadership. Shehas earned degrees from Columbia University and the University of Texas, and aPh.D. in public policy from Harvard University (2009). Her research spans theareas of governance, development, technology, environment and politics inSub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Bowman’s research is multi-disciplinary, and is informedby the fields of anthropology, history, political science and public policy.She has significant work experience in the public sector at the Federal Stateand local level in the United States. She has worked in a number of U.S.Federal Agencies, including the United States Department of Labor and theUnited States Department of Energy. She served at the United States Departmentof Justice as an honors trial attorney in the Wildlife Section of theEnvironment Division under Janet Reno during the Clinton Administration. Shealso has experience working with African NGOs and academic institutions. Ms.Bowman taught at Kabarak University in Nakuru, Kenya from 2003-2005. She hasacted as a research consultant for the African Technology Policy Network (ATPS)and the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) since 2003. In2009, Bowman participated as a lecturer at the International School on DigitalTransformation in Porto, Portugal.


BolaOlabisi, isthe Founder and CEO of the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network(GWIIN) Ltd. She is also the Vice President of the British Association of WomenEntrepreneurs. Bola sits on the European Commission’s Network for ‘Women inDecision Making and the Economy’ to assist with the promotion of women’sempowerment and gender balance in decision making positions. In 2004, BolaOlabisi was invited by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State for Science and Innovation to join the DTI’s InnovatorsStakeholders Group which plays an advisory role to progressing governmentpolicy on innovation. Bola has gained national and international recognitionfor her work across the UK and Globally. In 2003, she received her Majesty TheQueen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s invitation to Buckingham Palace to mark hercontribution as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation for her work with inventiveand innovative women. In 2008, Bola was awarded the TIAW World of DifferenceAward recognizing her for her efforts to advancing the economic empowerment ofwomen locally, regionally and worldwide.

Nicola Jones

Nicola Jones is a director and CEO of theSchumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems. She was a lawyer for 18 years andher career spanned corporate/ commercial work to private client and investmentand banking law. She specialized in UK tax. She worked in London ininternational legal and accounting practices and moved to Bermuda in 1996 whereshe worked at the largest international offshore firm and subsequently headedthe Private Client legal team at a major bank. During the last decade Nicolahas trained, mentored and worked on interdisciplinary/ relational approachesand systems thinking. Nicola’s principal focus is on gender and she recentlycompleted an MA in Gender Studies at London University’s School of Oriental andAfrican Studies. Her thesis was ‘The Transformative Capacity ofGlobal Philanthropy: Why Do We Desire to Give?’ She was a director of the Women’s Resource Centre in Bermuda which supported womenin abusive relationships, and ran the first conference for women for the Bankof Bermuda in 2003. During this last decade Nicola has also trained and workedin relationship and family business advisory services, incorporating mediation,group relations and psychology. She has presented to a variety of internationalaudiences on subjects ranging from philanthropy and gender to climate changeand has published work on governance.

Prof. Obioma Nwaorgu

Prof. Obioma Nwaorgu is a public healthparasitology/epidemiologist. She holds a BSc. in Zoology (1973) and beststudent in her class and a PhD in Parasitology from University of Cambridge UK(1978). She is a Takemi fellow of the department of public health HarvardSchool of Public Health, Boston USA (1994-1995), a global health leadership fellowRoll Back Malaria, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (1999- 2001)a British Council strategic leader. Prof. Nwaorgu is a faculty member at theNnamdi Azikiwe University where she is involved in research, teaching andsupervision of students in the department of parasitology and entomology. Sheconsults for the following organizations WHO, APOC, Federal and StateMinistries of Health and Education in Nigeria; National Committee on HIV/AIDS(NACA); Global 2000; UNICEF; WB, DFID, British Council and PATHS. She is alsothe founder and Executive Director of a nongovernmental organization – GlobalHealth Awareness Research Foundation (GHARF) involved in adolescent, youths andwomen sexuality and reproductive health issues, communicable diseases preventionand control, water and sanitation issues. It has received funding fromMacArthur Foundation USA, The Ford Foundation for West Africa; Global Fund forwomen; WHO, UNICEF, Action Aid Nigeria; MSA, WB; SFH; CEDPA among others. Shehas published extensively in peer review journals. She sits on various Boardsincluding the Sahara Board in South Africa.

Kennedy Ondimu

Kennedy Ondimu holds a BA in Social Studies anda diploma in information technology. Currently, He is the Regional ProgrammeAssociate Men to Men of the African Women’s Development and communicationNetwork – FEMNET. Kennedy was the first national Coordinator of the Men forGender Equality Now – MEGEN from 2004 to 2008. The project covers seven Africancountries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Malawi, Mali andDemocratic republic of Congo – DRC. Kennedy presided over the process ofturning the project into an autonomous organization. Kennedy is the nationalcoordinator for the We Can Campaign in Kenya, a social campaign that works toend social acceptance of violence. He is also a member of the regional pool ofmale trainers for the UNHCR on sexual gender based violence - SGBV. He has awide range of experience in training of men in gender and development, humanrights and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Kennedy has contributedto the work of expanding the role of men in ending sexual gender basedviolence. He has contributed to publications in print and electronic media. Hehas also documented the experience of working with men in a publication in “Defyingthe Odds – Lessons from MEGEN. Other areas include World Pulse magazine, localand international media channels”. He also developed a tool kit forengaging with boys in gender equality and women’s rights.

Bitrina Diyamett

Bitrina Diyamett holds a BSc (Ed) in Physics,Chemistry and Education at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. M.A inScience and Technology Policy from Research Policy Institute (RPI), LundsUniversity, Sweden. She is currently a Senior Research Officer at the TanzaniaCommission for Science and Technology (COSTECH. She is the National Coordinatorfor the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), Tanzanian Chapter(ATPS-Tanzania). ATPS-Tanzania is among the 24 African Think Tanks that won theAward for the First Cohort of the Think Tank Initiatives (TTI) in Africa.Bitrina is also the current President of the Tanzania Association of Inventors(TAI). She participated in the international review of S&T indicatorslaunched by UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) in 2001 as the only Africanparticipant in the review process. She contributed to Annex to Oslo Manualwhich is used by OECD countries to measure innovation. Bitrina is a member ofthe NEPAD’s ad hoc Group of Experts on Africa’s Science, Technology andInnovation Indicators (ASTII). She has currently been co-opted by the ResearchPolicy Institute (RPI), Lunds University to join the Faculty members to conducttraining on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators for Africa. She iscompleting a Ph.D at the University of Dar es Salaam, where she isinvestigating innovation and interorganizational linkages in Tanzanianmanufacturing.

Martha Ugwu

Martha Ugwu holds MSC, BA Hons, DIPHE, RM,RGN. She is a Public Health Practitioner, Midwifery Sister, Nurse Manager,Speaker, Wife, and Mother and the Founder/Chairperson Emeritus of Nsukka EliteLadies Association, a non-profit organization that works to support and empowerindigenous women, through a mentoring programme, social network, training anddevelopment. Internationally, we work to support women and children fromdisadvantaged backgrounds. She has made valued contributions in the publicsector / NHS in varied settings. She has extensive experience, working at amanagerial and leadership levels, leading significant change. She plays acentral role in the Productive Ward project. Her team won the Trust Stars Award2009 in the category of “Support Service of the year”. She has worked extensively in helping and supportingwomen through training and development into work that is sustainable, bringingpositive impact to their families.

Manal Moustafa Samra

Manal Moustafa Samra holds a master’s degree inPolitical Science, specializing in Development, and currently working as aYouth Development Advisor for various national and international developmentagencies and NGOs. She is a founder of the Youth and Development ConsultancyInstitute (YDCI) in Egypt, that was established in 2006 and is concerned mainlywith promoting a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of young peopleas an asset to economic developement. YDCI is enhancing and disseminatingmeaningful development methodologies, tailored to meet and respect Arabcultures, for youth and community development. Manal is a consultant andfacilitator for the British Council’s InterAction Leadership Programme thatruns across 8 Arab countries in addition to the UK. She has an extensiveexperience in volunteerism, education, youth employment, leadership forcommunity development, health and environment. She is skilled in designing anddelivering participatory training in areas such as training of trainers (TOT),participatory rapid appraisal (PRA), project design and evaluation, andutilizing the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach in developinglocal communities. Ms. Samra has planned and coordinated various activitiesrelated to building the capacities of young people, especially women to lead inthe developement of their local communities.

Mrs. Deepa Pullanikatil

Mrs. Deepa Pullanikatil hasa Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering (1998) from Mahatma Gandhi University(India), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (2000) from Amrita Institute ofManagement (India) and a Masters in Environment Management (2009) from Universityof Freestate, South Africa. She has also undergone training by DialogueMatters, UK in public participation and stakeholder dialogue (2008). She isAssociate Member, Institution of Engineers (India). Mrs.Pullanikatil worked asa Civil Engineer in projects such as construction of hospital in India and,rural water supply and sanitation projects in highlands of Lesotho. She nowheads the Department of Civil Engineering at Lerotholi Polytechnic, Lesotho,where she initiated and has introduced a new Higher National Diploma in Waterand Environmental Engineering. Mrs. Pullanikatil has been an ATPS researcher inthe past and her research in Water Pollution has brought about policy changesin Lesotho. She is currently also undertaking research work on Climate Changeimpacts on subsistence farming communities in Lesotho, funded by NationalScience Foundation, US. Deepa is inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote “Thereare few misfortunes in the world that you cannot turn into a personal triumphif you have the iron will and the necessary skill”.

Mrs. Rita Eboh Ogugu<

Mrs. Rita Eboh Oguguholds an Msc in Social work and Community Development and a Bachelors Degree inAdult Education and Community Development. She works as an Extension Specialistat the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Research, University ofNigeria. She has keen interest in the areas of gender, entrepreneurship andinnovation

Ms Mamolise Falatsa

Ms Mamolise Falatsa holds a Bachelor degree in Development studies andhuman geography. She is currently working with Ministry of CommunicationScience and Technology as series producer interested in Science at LesothoTelevision. Her main duties include: writing scripts, researching, conductinginterviews and presenting programs on science. She participated in severalworkshops such as the Science Communicators workshop in Naivasha organised byATPS which was useful in contributing to solving water problems in Lesotho. Shehas also attended a training workshop on solar energy technology application inChina. She is looking forward to forming a Women’s Science and TechnologyAssociation in Lesotho.

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