WONGELAWIT TEKA ZEWDE
After completing my one-year internship as a software developer at SAP, I am currently back at the University of British Columbia finishing my final year as a combined major in Computer Science, Math and Statistics. Having the opportunity to study at UBC and working in the tech industryhas allowed me to explore my interest in technology and entrepreneurship. I founded the Entoto Project to give women the opportunity to do the same, particularly in my home country Ethiopia where women are underrepresented in technology and entrepreneurship.
YEABSIRA KASSAHUN (Nani)
Marketing and Recruiting Director
I am in my final year at Addis Abeba Univeristy studying Information System. I am the Co-founder and General Manger of Balageer Events, a startup that provides digital marketing from web development to graphics design service for events as well as organize events. I am excited to use my experience of starting a career in tech and entrepreneurship as women in Ethiopia and my marketing skills to support The Entoto Project.
Grace Siennah Kamara
After interning with UN Women and the WHO in Geneva, I learnt why it is important for more women to be involved in technology and entrepreneurship. Having returned to Canada, I am currently exploring opportunities in management consulting that allow me to solve challenges faced by businesses, using data to effectively advice on risks, strategies and marketing. Working with Entoto excites me as we are supporting African women to gain the technological skills needed to respond to the concerns faced in their local communities in sustainable and innovative ways.
Drawing on my experiences at St. Paul’s Hospital Vancouver Canada and the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS), I have developed a passion for project and programming coordination in initiatives that are founded in the meaningful involvement of communities. I am looking forward to building strategic community partnerships that support African women to actualize their potential thereby developing their communities.
After finding my way into activism at a young age, I quickly gained empathy for the underdogs in any given society, which inherently led me down a path of human rights. I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of British Columbia and this attitude to defend human rights has not withered—naturally pushing me to study human rights law at the post graduate level. I have been given the opportunity to pursue my dream, and want to aid in helping others realize there potential, which is why I am apart of the Entoto team.