OWSD Kenya Executive Team
The executive team comprises of professionals and experts in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The current board members are:
||Dr. Patriciah Wambugu – Chairperson
Director, Directorate of Quality Assurance, Egerton University.
Senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Management.
Research area: Physics Education in Instructional Approaches that support active Learner involvement.
The main objective of OWSD Kenya is to support advancement of girls and women in Science & Technology. The activities that will help achieve the objective include: Improving access to educational, training and professional development opportunities for women scientists and technologists in Kenya; Recognizing scientific excellence and other achievements of women scientists and technologists in Kenya and Enhancing opportunities and developing strategies for the participation of women in the development and utilization of new technologies.
||Prof. Elizabeth Njenga – Vice-Chairperson
Director, Board of Postgraduate studies, University of Eldoret
Prof. Njenga is the Director of the Board of Post Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Eldoret.
Prof. Njenga holds a PhD in Pharmacognosy from the University of the Witwatersand in South Africa, Master of Philosophy in Plant Taxonomy and Bachelor of Science (Botany Major and Zoology/Chemistry minor) from Moi University, Kenya.
She is a certified ILF Life Coach and an Internal Quality Management Systems Auditor (Kenya Bureau of Statistics-trained).
Her research interests are centered in Ethnobotany/Ethnomedicine and Plant Systematics with a major interest in documentation of traditionally used medicinal plants, testing for biological properties in search of novel drugs and conservation of these very valuable resources both in situ and ex situ. She has been working closely with the Herbalists from the North Rift region in documentation of the plant resources they utilize in their trade and activities
||Dr Emily Chemoiwa – Treasurer
University of Eldoret
Has a PhD in Animal Ecology from University of Eldoret and OWSD fellow/alumnae, Msc in Animal Ecology (Moi University) and Bachelor of Education Science with Biology major and Geography (Maseno University). Research interest in Aquatic Ecology and Bioinformatics. Currently a lecturer of Zoology in the department of Biological Sciences in University of Eldoret and a member and lead expert of NEMA
||Dr Zipporah Wanjiku – Secretary
Dr Zipporah Wanjiku is a Lecturer at the Department of Physical Sciences, Chuka University. She graduated with a PhD degree in Physics on 22 nd December, 2017 at the University of Nairobi, (UoN), having undertaken a sandwich program at the Indian Institute of Technology- Mandi, India, under an OWSD Scholarship. She also undertook part of her research under a DAAD Scholarship at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Her research interests and experience are a rare combination of computational techniques complemented by corresponding experimental techniques, with a bias towards structural, electronic and magnetic properties of materials.
She has published her research findings in prestigious peer reviewed journals, with publishers such as Elsevier, American Institute of Physics, amongst others. She is a firm supporter of the encouragement of women in Science related disciplines and focuses on improving their mindset, to recognize and exploit their abilities in these disciplines, that are largely male dominated. She is an OWSD Member, Alumni and one of the founder members of OWSD Kenya National chapter. She is also a DAAD alumni and is one of the few female PhD holders in Physics in Kenya.
||Dr Clare Muhanji – Vice Secretary
Senior Lecturer, Technical University of Kenya
I am currently working as a senior lecture in the Department of Chemical Science and Technology at the Technical University of Kenya having a PhD in Chemistry from University of Cape Town in South Africa.
||Pamela Kageliza Kilavi – Board member
Technical University of Kenya
Pamella Kageliza Kilavi is a Tutorial Fellow at the Technical University of Kenya and pursing her PhD at the University of Nairobi in Applied Nuclear Physics. She holds a Master of Science in Nuclear Science from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education (Physics/Mathematics) from Kenyatta University. She is a co-founder and Chair of Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear representing Kenya at the International Youth Nuclear Congress, co-founder and an executive member of Organization of Women from Developing Countries- Kenya , Executive member of Physics Society of Kenya and a member of Eastern African Association of Radiation Protection. She is a wife and a mother to two.