Meet The New Board Members

Meet The New Board Members

Our mission at WAAW Foundation is to empower African Women to become impactful leaders to benefit Africa through experiential STEM Education, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Training. We are excited to welcome our new board directors who will aid our efforts to make a bigger and better impact across Africa. 



We are intentional about achieving diversity in our work environment, this is why our new board of directors have been chosen from different walks of life, and regions but with some level of connection to technology, non-profit, education, management, and development of Africa. Their interests align with our objectives and we are excited at the prospect of working with every member of the board. 

New board members: Cheryl Swanier, Toyosi Odukoya, Marcelina Biro, Bisi Adeyemi, Lindi Thabede, Ruth Aisabokhae, and George Idornigie possess the passion, expertise and work experience in diverse tech-related fields, this will come in handy in directing the affairs of WAAW Foundation to achieve higher productivity and more impact. 

Cheryl Swanier works with outreach initiatives to improve computer science education, Swanier established the first robotics lab at Fort Valley State University. She was the former Department Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Claflin University, where she was named the Henry N. and Alice Carson Tisdale Endowed Professor. Dr Swanier was successful in leading and establishing the inaugural ABET accreditation for the computer science program at Claflin University. Dr Swanier is the founder and CEO of Swanier Consulting, LLC as well as the non-profit organization the SIS Foundation Inc.

Toyosi Odukoya is an experienced Strategy, Innovation, Analytics & Digital Transformation Business Leader, with expertise in applying insights & analytics in ensuring an organization’s competitive advantage and vision are fully harnessed for growth and impact. Currently, she heads the Business Intelligence Team at Mastercard Foundation across operations in Africa and Canada. 

Bisi Adeyemi is the Managing Director/CEO of DCSL Corporate Services Ltd. Before joining DCSL, Bisi was the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary at Acorn Petroleum PLC. Bisi is responsible for providing strategic direction to the team, developing the business, and leading Board Evaluation and other Governance Engagements.

Marcelina Biro is the Founder and CEO of Kijana Jasiri-Resilience Organization (KJRO). She has been in the NGO, development, and humanitarian sectors for over 20 years. 

Lindi Thabede has over 20 years of business and sales experience, currently working for Thermofisher Scientific, serving as a District Manager for the Biosciences Division responsible for the Africa business based in South Africa. 

Ruth Aisabokhae, PhD in Applied Economics, is a Senior Manager with Microsoft. Ruth has organized and secured international funding for projects aimed at empowering women in developing countries. She is passionate about strengthening an inclusive culture within Microsoft, utilizing technology for international development, and advocating for gender equity.

George Idornigie is a Technology Business Strategist and Consultant who has a professorial background in one of the Big Four Global consulting Companies, Schnieder Electric, Multichoice Group, as well as I.B.M amongst others. He has a passion for Mentoring, Startup Development, and Youth Empowerment and is an active stakeholder of Angel Networks in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. 

The new members of the board together with the existing board members will collectively guide WAAW Foundation in the right direction and ensure that the organization’s policies and activities contribute towards actualizing its mission.

If you want to learn more about our new BOD, click here to read their full official bio. 

About WAAW Foundation

Working to Advance African Women, WAAW Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to Expand African engagement in Technology Innovation by increasing the pipeline for African women through STEM training, entrepreneurship & leadership. The Foundation has different programs which it runs annually; some of these programs are Scholarships, Teachers Training, STEM Fellows Training Programs, She Hacks Africa among others. To sponsor any of these programs, request for a partnership, and/or donate, click here.

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