Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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We have partnered with the Canadian initiative Kamloops Innovation to bring you two events about “What is it like for a women in STEM”. One event will be held in Canada the other is hosted by us in Cape Town. We will have an exciting panelist of South African females working in various forms of STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths) telling us their story and taking questions from the audience, whether it is how they have reached goals and discussion hurdles they have overcome.
Cleo is an civil engineer by training, a wind and solar project developer by profession and a philanthropist at heart. She has spent her career thus far dabbling in the many environments that engineering can offer… from the side of the N3 laying pavement, to the frantic pace that was a tech startup and recently the political disaster that is utility scale renewables.
Mmaki is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Information Systems academic department at the University of the Western Cape. She has perviously served as a Head of Department at the North West University department of Information Systems. Mmaki also researches in the field of ICT4 Development, focusing on how education and small businesses can be supported through mobile and electronic platforms. Mmaki has a passion for youth education and works with various NGO’s to upskill teachers in high schools with ICT skills, to use in classrooms. She also mentors graduate students to open and run technology clubs in underprivileged schools in South Africa with most of the clubs focusing on training young women and girls.
Viola graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2013 with her MSc in Civil Engineering. She started with Mott MacDonald (previously PD Naidoo and Associates) in 2013, to work in solid waste and water engineering. In September 2016 she joined JG Afrika (previously Jeffares & Green) in the municipal department. Her civil engineering work experience ranges from integrated waste management, environmental management, stormwater management, water infrastructure design and construction monitoring. She believes that engineering requires technical expertise as well as social and environmental sensitivity and actively seeks to maintain and further develop this integrated approach in all her projects. She has been actively involved in Young Professional Forums, both within her company and Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) since 2013. She is currently the CESA YPF Chairperson of the Western Cape and member on CESA YPF National EXCO.
Kamloops Innovation is a technology business accelerator offering programs that guide, coach and mentor early stage ventures; shared office spaces and technology community events. Kamloops Innovation is a non profit society that serves the Central Interior region of BC and is and part of the British Columbia Acceleration Network.
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