Ozzy has over 20 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry. She is the Onshore assets petroleum Engineering Team Lead at Chevron Nigeria. In this role she manages a team of engineers that over sees and develops the Onshore assets operated by Chevron across Nigeria. She has successfully executed the drilling campaign lasting over 2 years working with multi-stake holders increasing the production from those assets. Prior to this role, she led a cross functional team of earth scientists and engineers that managed a deep water non-operated asset for Chevron Nigeria. She has also led Petroleum Engineering and Earth science technical teams executing Tight Oil development programs in the midland basin in Texas US, Tight gas development in the Four corners area in New Mexico and Colorado USA.
Ozzy has also worked as a planning advisor helping to facilitate the management of a budget of almost $1B for developing Chevron assets in the Lower 48 US states. In this role , her key reporting line was to the Asset Development General Manager of the business unit, and proposed recommendations to ensure budgets were managed effectively and highest value projects were funded, delivering production and optimum recovery. She began her career working as a field engineer, working in the Gulf of Mexico for Schlumbeger in Houston Texas before moving on to a project engineer role in Sugarland Texas.
Ozzy received her undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Benin, Nigeria graduating at the top of her class with a first class (summa cum Laude) in 1999. She obtained her masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Houston in 2005. During which she completed Internships with Exxon Mobil. She has also completed Leadership training in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
She is a passionate voice for female empowerment and talent development within the Oil Industry, founding the Lagos Chapter of the Petro Tech Special Interest Group (SIG) under the Chevron Womens Network with a key focus on growing the core competencies and capabilities of women in Petro-tech functions, facilitating networking and improving career opportunities to help them deliver results for themselves and the company. She also serves as the Chair Person, leading the board of directors for WAAW Foundation.
A member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Serves on the Board of Trustees taskforce for SPE Nigeria focused on education, ensuring that university faculty deliver relevant curricula, leveraging established centers of excellence and facilitating industry/academia knowledge transfer and sharing.
Ozzy is married and a mother of 3 children, two daughters and a son, she is passionate about empowering the next generation by introducing STEM education and careers to children at a young age and especially to girls.
Board vice-chair; Founder & Director, Websmith Studio
Kishau Rogers is an active & awarded practitioner, contributor and business leader in the computer science and information technology industry. Her constant priority has been to develop impactful, innovative solutions to complex problems and business challenges. She offers over twenty-three years of industry experience, specializing in using computer science and systems thinking principles to influence how we develop, build, grow and mature great ideas.
Kishau is a serial tech entrepreneur and is the Founder of technology ventures such as Websmith Inc., and TimeStudy. Under her leadership, the Websmith brand has operated for over fourteen years, partnering with organizations in successfully bringing their technology ideas from conceptualization to commercialization. Her commercial work includes successful ventures such as TimeStudy, a health enterprise solution and PeerLoc, an innovative geolocation platform startup co-founded with Dr. Wei Cheng.
Kishau has spearheaded many social impact technology projects, most recently serving as an advisor to the first U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care. Kishau earned her Computer Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a recent recipient of the Lyn McDermid Community Impact Award and the NAWBO Wells Fargo STEM Award. Kishau has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NFIB, JavaWorld, and other publications.
President and Founder
Dr. Okorafor is the founder and Chief Executive of WAAW Foundation. Born in Nigeria, she received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos in 1998. She obtained the M.Sc. degree from Rice University in Houston, TX and her Ph.D. at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is a graduate of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship program and attended Stanford Business School’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship. Her industry experience includes software developer and team lead at the Education Technology Division at Texas Instruments, Dallas Texas. She has worked at Intel, HP and IBM research lab. Dr. Okorafor is a member of IEEE, ACM, SWE, NSBE and SPIE and has been the recipient of the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. the AAUW Engineering Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship for promoting STEM education. She is a partner at Herbal Papaya LLC and acts as a visiting professor at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja Nigeria teaching courses at the Computer Science department.
Vice President and Board Executive Secretary
Ebele is a Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Master Teacher overseeing the Science Dept. in the Grand Prairie Independent School District in Texas. She is a PRINCE 2 Project Management Foundation expert and a Thomas International System Certified User. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas in Arlington. Ebele has worked as a Management Consultant/Trainer; her area of training specialization is in Leadership/Management and Interpersonal Skills, focusing on the Behavioral and Psychometric aspects of learning interventions. Ebele has taught a diverse group of students in several Texas schools where she has mentored children from low socio-economic background.
Frances Van Sloun
Frances has served as the Operations Director at WAAW Foundation and now serves on the board of directors. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Frances has experience working for many camps in Minnesota, including STEPS Camp (Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer Camp) at the University of St. Thomas, and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN where she served as Assistant Director for three years. In January 2011, she went on her first trip to Africa to help install a small solar power grid to provide lighting for a friend’s home village in Ntungamo District, Uganda. Now having a great love for the people and culture of Africa, she is excited to be a part of the WAAW Foundation team.
Kaye Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physics and STEM Education
St. Catherine University, Minnesota. Dr. Kaye Smith is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota. Dr. Smith holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She has over 12 years of industrial experience in R&D, manufacturing and technical service. After leaving her industrial career she taught courses in engineering, physics and math at Century College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, before accepting the position of 3M Thwaits Fellow at the University St. Thomas. In addition to teaching and research at St. Thomas, Dr. Smith directed the highly successful School of Engineering STEPS (Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer) Camp for girls for several years. Dr. Smith’s service work is in the area of water purification in developing countries and she makes almost yearly trips to developing areas of the world to work with and educate local communities about clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This work includes working side-by-side with community members to build pit latrines and sand filers. Dr. Smith traveled to Nigeria in 2013 as part of the WAAW Foundation team to help facilitate the launching of the STEM Camp which impacted 26 African girls.
Senior Finance Director at Intel Corporation
Abi is a finance executive with nearly 25 years of proven leadership experience in finance and strategic management at major IT companies. As Senior Finance Director at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California, where he is responsible for leading the company’s NTG business unit’s global financial planning & analysis. He served as a key cross-functional business partner to both business unit and functional leaders. He has extensive FP&A experience leading end-to-end P&L activities directly and at a group level across worldwide and regional business units. He has managed in small start-up and large environments with a direct financial responsibility of more than $3 billion P&L, and 11,000 people.
Prior to Joining Intel, in June 2015, he has spent years working in Finance and Accounting executive leadership positions at companies like Jawbone, Deem, Intuit, Microsoft and HP.
Abi is an avid soccer player, world traveler and proudly Nigerian. He grew up and attended high school in Lagos, Nigeria before migrating to the US for college. He has a special interest in empowering African Youths through education and mentorship.
His extensive global executive experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for WAAW Foundation and was the founder of Waltan Corporation, a global outsourcing consulting firm headquartered in Silicon Valley.
He graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu with an MBA and a BS degree in Accounting from Cal State University, Hayward
Doctoral Candidate Boston University School of Public Health
Chijioke Okoro is an Independent Consultant and a Health Policy and Health Systems Expert. He has a DrPH from the Boston University, Boston, an MSc in Social Work and a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Chijioke was a recipient of the prestigious Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in 2008, a program he completed at Emory University, Atlanta. He has extensive experience working as Technical Advisor, Project Manager, Consultant and Researcher. He has expertise in Strategic planning, Project Management, Policy Analysis, and Program evaluation. He started his career as a technical officer with Nigeria Youth AIDS Program, Lagos, supporting the implementation of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs in special populations including school children, women, religious institutions, and youth living in the urban slumps of Lagos Nigeria. He worked as a Public Health Analyst with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. In this capacity he was responsible for the technical coordination of studies to evaluate the impact of rapid HIV scale up on the Health System of low income countries where US sponsored PEPFAR was being implemented. In Nigeria, he has successfully led state teams in a multi-stake holder effort to build government capacity for a multi-sectoral response to HIV/AIDS. Chijioke has extensive experience with NGOs and was the founder and pioneer program coordinator of Health and Community Development (HECOD) Initiative. He is committed to replicating the “can do” spirit in WAAW, in the heart of every girl in Africa.
Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido is a Poet-Philanthropist, International Speaker and Master-Certified Leadership Consultant, Trainer and Strategic Interventionist. A passionate advocate for African Women in Leadership and Governance; Quality, Adaptive & Affordable Public School Education; Child Rights, and Environmental Sustainability, she is the co-founder of Whole Woman Network — an Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Social Enterprise hub, focused on connecting and raising a new generation of Transformational, Ethical and Creative African women and youth leaders, both at home and in the diaspora.
She is also the visionary behind such initiatives as S.E.R.V.E Volunteer platform in South East, Nigeria, Poetry4changeAfrica, and FLOW; financial literacy for women. Juliet is the program partner and co-ordinator for EducateAGirl Nigeria – an award-winning program developed by Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) Pakistan and LADIESFUND® Canada.
Her educational background and professional experiences span multi-disciplinary fields and roles: Engineering, International Business, Gender Studies, Project Management & Consulting, and Wealth Management & Financial Advisory. She has worked and consulted for Honeywell Group, American Express, Emex Systems, MIS Systems, Edward Jones Investments, Koryo Ltd. etc.
She is a serial social entrepreneur and life-long learner, with diverse interests and holdings in Real Estate, International Trade, Derivatives, Micro-finance lending; she sits on the Advisory and Executive Boards of several organizations in Nigeria, USA and Canada, such as, Sustainable Waste Recycling Community of Nigeria (SWRC) and Environ Focus Inc., Canada.
A self-described life connoisseur, her other interests include: Traveling, Fund-Raising, Behavioral-Neuro Sciences, Belly Dancing, Meditating, Reading, Mentoring, Angel Investing, Writing, Exploring World Music-Cinema-Literature-Cultures.
Her award-winning poem –“Today, I will not bow” has been translated into several languages and performed by students globally, to raise awareness about Gender and Climate Change issues All proceeds from her personal floetry performances and auctions are donated towards scholarships and grants for African girls living in rural and under-served communities.