Dr Miyoko O. Watanabe


Deputy Executive Directorior, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST); Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, JST, Japan; Chair, Gender Summit 10 Asia-Pacific

Miyoko O. Watanabe is Deputy Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). She is also the agency’s Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and Director-General of the Center for Science Commnication. Dr Watanabe is a member of the Science Council of Japan and chair of the council’s Committee on Comprehensive Synthetic Engineering in Science. She is also a member of the Science and Technology Council at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, as well as a Member of Specialist Committee on Formulating the Fourth Basic Plan for Gender Equality in the Council for Gender Equality of the Japanese Cabinet Office. She worked in various roles for Toshiba since 1979.

Dr Alice Atieno Oluoko-Odingo

Alice Oluoko Odingo

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi

Alice Odingo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, with 15 years of experience in teaching and research on Environmental issues. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Geography from the University of Nairobi and has published in agriculture and food security, poverty and livelihoods, climate change, Energy, Gender and disaster risk reduction, Ecosystem management, Corruption as well as health. Alice is the Chairperson, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Gender Committee and the National Coordinator of the United Nation’s University and Partner Universities Programme on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA), Next Generation Researchers Team (NGR). A Team Leader on Research on Peri-Urban Crop and Livestock Farming for Food Security and Livelihood Sustainability, and Gender Analysis of the Mara Conservancies. Alice was the Chairperson, Women and Climate Change Project in Kenya (2009-2012) and an Environment Judge- National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND). Alice has served as Project Officer, Gender Focal Point- at the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Nairobi and a Board member, Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She is currently, one of the Soroptimist International UN Environment Representatives in Nairobi.

Annie Kamaka Kyakimwa


Co-founder of Annahgreen RDC.Comp

Training and support center for vulnerable women and girls. Agricultural product production and processing center. Agricultural cooperative.

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Wanjiru Kamau Rutenberg

Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is the Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). She is a 2018 Tutu Fellow, has been honored as a Champion of Change by the Obama White House, named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine, recognised as a Ford Foundation Champion of Democracy, awarded a United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award, & named one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women Under Age 40. Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg holds a PhD & Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelors in Politics and a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from Whitman College. She serves on the Selection Committee of the Africa Food Prize & is a member of the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, a high-level panel of independent experts supporting African governments & civil society identify & implement policies that enhance agriculture & food security. She also sits on the Board of Twaweza, East Africa’s largest public and policy engagement platform. Prior to AWARD, Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg founded and was Executive Director of Akili Dada, an award-winning leadership incubator that invests in high-achieving young women from under-resourced families, who are passionate about driving change in their communities. Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg was also an assistant professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco & a lecturer in International Relations at the Jesuit Hekima College, a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Her academic research and teaching interests centered on African politics, gender, international relations, ethnicity, and democratisation, and the role of technology in social activism.

Linet Kwamboka

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Founder and CEO of DataScience LTD 

Linet Kwamboka is the Founder and CEO of DataScience LTD – a software engineering company that is focused on building information systems that generate and use data to discover intelligent insights about people, products and services. She was a Mozilla fellow (2017/2018) focusing on data protection and Privacy policies in the East African Region. She has been the Kenya Open Data Initiative Project Coordinator for the Government of Kenya at the Kenya ICT Authority where she also led the Open Government Partnership for the Government of Kenya and has also helped the Government of Somalia build their open data project from concept to portal and support under the Open Government Initiative.
She has worked at the World Bank (World Bank Spot Award recipient) as a GIS and Technology Consultant and the UNDP in the Strengthening Electoral Processes in Kenya. She was a Software Engineering Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and her background is in computer science, data analysis and Geographical Information Systems. She was recently recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government, a recognized unsung hero by the American Embassy in Kenya in her efforts to encourage more women into technology and computing, has been a finalist in the Bloomberg award of global open data champions and is a member of the Open Data Institute Global Open Data Leaders’ Network.