Women in Science and Innovation in Science in Uganda, Kampala  July 2018

  In this first COACh trip to Uganda, COACh Director Geri Richmond met with about 30 women, that are in all stages of their STEM careers, to learn about the challenges women face in Uganda in their aspiration to be successful in STEM fields. Richmond gave a short presentation on “Women in Leadership Roles in Science and Innovation” followed by rich discussions and insights from those in attendance on women in STEM in Uganda. It was amazing  that many came from far distances (and roads in Uganda are a challenge in themselves!) to attend the COACh session that was held at the the  Resilience Africa Network (RAN) center at a Makerere University site. I learned so much for all of you and hope that we have a chance to meet again.

A huge thanks to Dr. Sheila Desai, Director, Office of Economic Growth, Dorothy Ngalombi and Khadija Mohamud of USAID in Kamapala and to Dorothy Okello and RAN for hosting the event.

While in Kampala Richmond also had the chance to meet with the Permanent Secretary of the newly formed Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, David O. Obong and his staff to give them ideas and best practices for their efforts in increasing the science and innovation research in Uganda. What a wonderful group!

And to top it off, lunch hosted by Sheila Desai with the US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac.