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Dorothy Okello: There’s No Limit to Excellence.

Mrs Dorothy Kagbaju Okello is the third born in her family. Her mother was a Researcher at Kawanda Research Station, now called NARO while her Father was a Professor at Makerere University.  Mrs Dorothy has always been passionate about mathematics and solving problems.  She has been married for over 18 years and has 3 children.

She attended Kitante Primary school and St Mary’s College Namagunga before bagging a degree from  Makerere University.

She pursued her M.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering as a Fulbright Scholar graduating in 1995.

In 2004 she received  her Doctorate Degree in  Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Canada as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar.

Presently, she is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) – Makerere University.

She also serves as Director of Innovation at Resilient Africa Network.

Mrs Dorothy was the first woman to attain a First class degree in a male dominated field- Electrical Engineering and also the first female president of the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers Association.

Dr. Okello has served as a Commissioner and an Interim Chairperson with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

She once Chaired the Board for the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) that is administered by UCC.

She founded Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) in 2000, with a mission to promote and support the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by women and women organizations in Uganda.

Her Work

In 1992, she was an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Makerere University.

As a Lecturer in college of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology between 1998-April 2013,  Dr Dorothy  taught courses on Introduction to Information and Communication Technology, Telecommunication Systems, Wireless Propagation.

From 2008-2009 she was a Member of the Strategy Council for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), is an initiative approved by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006, was launched after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and Internet communities and academia.

In 2010, she became a Member of Expert Panel of mWomen Thought Leadership Advisor; to help shape the creation and ongoing delivery of the GSMA Development Funds mWomen programme.

From 2010, Dr Okello became a council member of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers Council.

Dr Dorothy has been researching for the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) since 2006. CWRC is an initiative that was established under the then Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Makerere University in 2006.

She became a Senior lecturer at Makerere University in May 2013.

She is presently the Director of Eastern Africa Resilience Innovations Lab.

Why TechHer Loves Her

Dr Okello is a problem solver, she believes there is no problem that doesn’t have a solution.The sky is not your limit. There is no limit to innovation and excellence. Happy International Women’s Day. #BeBoldForChange.

Information Gleaned from the Internet.






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