Conference Overview/description: 


WiDS Africa is an independent event that is organized by H3ABioNet based WiDS Ambassadors in collaboration with other African based WiDS Ambassadors  from MARI and dlab  as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events. We are hosting a WiDS Africa regional event to engage our community of diverse women in Data Science. We will watch the WiDS Stanford Livestream as well as feature Africa specific lightning talks, panel discussions, Keynote speech, and end with a networking event.


NB: Registration and Attendance of Conference is FREE



   <<Register to be a participant in WiDS Africa by clicking here>> 

Registrations close 03 March 2021


Intended Audience:


This conference is aimed at; Women in Data Science, Early Career Researchers, Fellows, MSc, PhD trainees, postdocs. Academics, Government and Industry officials. Anyone interested in data science. All genders are welcome. 


Conference objectives/outcomes: 

• Listen to and engage with a diverse group of women in data science through panels and talks

• Networking 

• Advocacy 

• Promote Data Science in Africa especially for women 


None. Just be interested in Data Science and promoting gender diversity in the field. 



Dates for the Conference:

Monday 8 March 2021

Conference registration opens:


Classroom registration closes:


Notification date:

Immediately after registration

Participant registration:

Registrations are now open, please register here. Registration close 3 March 2021 at 11:59 pm CAT. 

Workshop organisers:

African based WIDS Ambassadors  — H3ABionet: Paballo Chauke, Nicky Mulder, Caleb Kibet. dlab: Mahadia Tunga. MARI: Jacki O'Neill. BMGF: Amel Ghouila 

Workshop Sponsors:

WiDS Stanford University



Data Science, Women in Science, International Women's Day

Skill level of training:

Beginner to Advanced 



Credential awarded:


Type of meeting:



Conference Programme:

Monday 8 March 2021: African WIDS Regional Programme

Time (CAT)

Session Title




14 :00 – 14 :10

Welcome and Introductions

Nicky Mulder and Mahadia Tunga 

Mahadia Tunga

14 :10 – 14 :30

Opening Talk

Amel Ghouila (BMGF) 

14 :30– 15 :00

Panel Discussion on Impacts of the Pandemic on women in data science 



Chenai Chair (Mozilla)


Rahab Wangari(Hepta Analytics) 


Ruthbetha Kateule(UD)


Dominique Anderson   (SANBI) 

 Verena Ras

15 :00- 15 :05



 Verena Ras

15 :05-15 :12

Graduating during a pandemic

Samar Elsheikh

Mahadia Tunga

15 :12- 15 :30

 Launching your career as a data science consultant 

2 speakers 7 mins each (14 + 3min Q&A)

Hellen Maziku (UD)

Catherine Cress

Mahadia Tunga

15 :30- 16 :00



Mamokgethi Phakeng


Mahadia Tunga

16:00- 16 :10

Young girls in DS- passing the baton and being black/POC  in DS

Jenea Adams (BWCB) 


Winfred Gatua (PU)

Amel Ghouila

16 :10-16 :15

Closing and Thank you remarks


Nicky Mulder

16 :15-17 :00

Networking session


Olawumi, Verena, Amel, Mahadia and Jacki


















































Speakers Country of Origin:

  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Rwanda
  • Kenya
  • USA


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