2018 Partner Profile: Women In Technology Uganda
As part of Solve For XX, we are fortunate to have dedicated in-country partners to ensure each Solve4XX Hackathon is practical, relevant an community-focused. Each Hackathon is conceptualized, designed, and developed in partnership with local community leaders, organizational partners, the consulting team and the backbone organization responsible for hosting and supporting implementation. Enter, Women In Technology Uganda.
Women in Technology Uganda (WITU) focuses on empowering, inspiring and training the next generation of Uganda female leaders, business women and technologists. Using a holistic theory of change, WITU supports women with personal development, leadership and life skills growth, knowledge expansion in fields like computer science, management or entrepreneurship and aids in connecting women to jobs and business opportunities or smart loans. For the past decade, WITU has established itself as a leading women-led organization dedicated to training, mentoring and building the capacity of Ugandan women in the technology sphere to close the gender parity gap in tech.
WITU AT A GLANCE
A Zero Technological Gender Gap to Improve Women’s Lives
To build the capacity of young, local women in technology and entrepreneurship in Uganda that equips them for employment while offering a collaborative environment for training, mentorship, and knowledge sharing that drives social and economic development in the region.
WITU's STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
To inspire young girls and women to take on technology related careers
To teach and train in relevant leadership,technology and business education
To create a community of women leaders, technologists and business women
Meet The Women Who are Closing the Gender Gap in Tech In Uganda Once and for All.
Barbara Birungi Mutabazi, Founder and Executive Director
A ground-breaking innovator dedicated to promoting gender equality and the economic empowerment of girls and women, Barbara serves as the executive director of WITU and an active contributor to the budding STEM innovation and entrepreneurship sectors in Africa. She is a Co-Founder and Director of Hive Colab, Uganda's first technology, innovation, and business accelerator and incubator for East African startups. Barbara's has over eight years of experience in the community development and IT sectors, focusing on business development by managing and establishing relationships among entrepreneurs, incubators, venture capitalists, and angel funders from Uganda and abroad. Barbara hold a degree in Business Computing from Makerere University Kampala, a post graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute, and has recently completed a fellowship in Information Systems from University of Salford Manchester, UK.
Leticia Nakitende, WITU Finance and Administration manager
Leticia leads WITU's finance and administration and supports participant and staff day-to-day activities at the WITU hub. She guides all event planning and logistics for WITU events, hackathons, trainings and workshops and coordinates and develops all finance and grant-funding reports. She holds of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting and also serves as a certified life skills trainer.
Irene Kituyi, WITU Director of Operations
Irene oversees the management of day-to-day operations and ensures WITU has the resources and infrastructure to achieve its organizational objectives and target outcomes. She received a Masters in Business Administration in International Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, Bachelors in Environment and Management and Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. She also serves as a life skills trainer with over 10 years of experience in leading social and behavior change communication.
Desire Namara, WITU Monitoring and Evaluations and Grants Officer
Desire directs and leads the implementation of WITU’s Monitoring and Evaluation activities for all programs, academies, courses and workshops, ensuring assessment and impact data is collected, evaluated, analyzed and used for programmatic improvement. As the senior grants officer, Desire also leads the team in developing and writing grant proposals to obtain funding for the organization. Her qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation and a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Economics.
Irene Mutesi, WITU Hub Manager
Irene leads and coordinates the WITU hub and its programs and provides direction, instruction, mentorship and guidance to program assistants. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Project Management, she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial management, a Bachelor degree of Science in computer science and a Diploma in Taxation. Irene also offers computer training to the vulnerable girls and young women trained at WITU.
Esther Nansubuga, Program Manager
Esther serves as the WITU program manager wherein she provides planning, governance and direction for WITU’s programs to ensure all programs adhere to organizational quality standards and deliver measurable results. She also serves as a computer skills trainer to the young women at WITU and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology.
Moreen Nasoolo, Program Officer
Moreen is a program officer who leads program planning and implementation of WITU’s program activities. Moreen also serves as the director of the entrepreneurship training at WITU which serves hundreds of young women each year. Moreen has a Bachelor degree in Social sciences.
Doris Akoth, WITU COmmunity manager
Doris is our Office Coordinator and Community Manager who supports all WITU participants and staff at the WITU Hub. Doris has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance and also serves as an entrepreneurship trainer.
Jovia Nanyonjo, CODE GIrL coordinator
Jovia serves as theWITU Code Girls leader, coordinating and managing WITU's code clubs in secondary schools. She is currently completing a Bachelor’s Degrees Elecrical Engineering and has served as a lead trainer in the Tech Innovations and Africa Code weeks which aims to serve thousands of young people in schools across Uganda.
Cheng Saephanh, Intern
Cheng supports the Code Girl program and is interning with WITU through her summer 2018 Semester in Development program. She is from Scramento, California and has Bachelors Degree in sociology.