Current Committee (2016-2017)
Chairperson – Onalerona Mosimege
Onalerona is a Computer Science student, majoring in Computer Engineering. The large gender gap in the computer science industry is what compelled her to join WICS, and ignited a passion to actively want to be part of the change for the IT industry.
She is also a co-founder of a branding and consulting company, Basadi !nk, which aims on empowering women in the corporate world.
Fun fact about Onalerona: She started playing piano at the age of 8, and is currently a classically trained piano player
She hopes to start her own Non-Profit Organization one day, which will be based on empowering young girls in the corporate IT world.
ViceChairperson – Sibulele Hlongwane
Sibulele is an undergraduate studying Computer Science and Business Computing. She is a SciFi/SuperHero Fiction Fanatic, aspiring Youtuber, and loves attending silent disco parties even though she cannot actually dance. She first became interested in coding in high school when she took I.T as a subject, and has never looked back since. She is currently interested in working as a computer security expert when she finally graduates.
Secretary – Wanga Mulaudzi
Wanga is a second year student currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics and Mathematics. She first learnt how to code during her first year of university, and has since been venturing deeper into Computer Science especially in the world of Astronomy. Coding has become an important skill in her life and she hopes to encourage as many women as she can to realise that the field can be used in almost any field they venture into, especially because of how useful coding skills are.
Outreach – Tala Ross
Tala is an undergraduate studying Computer Science and Mathematics. She is passionate about creating new things and solving problems, and finds that coding is the perfect mixture of these two things. She hopes that this committee can encourage more girls and women to pursue Computer Science, and that above all, it can inform them that Computer Science and other STEM fields are fields in which everyone can have fun, excel and feel comfortable. Tala is also an avid cricketer and plays for the Western Province Women’s cricket team
Previous Committee (2015-2016)
ChairPerson – Imaculate Mosha
Imaculate is a final year studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her advocacy journey started when she was the only female developer in the company during her internship. Since she has been actively encouraging and advocating for women to break into stem. She has received scholarships twice to attend Grace Hopper Conference, the Google Anita Borg Scholarship and she was a member of the founding committee (2014 – 2015). In her spare time she reads and runs.
Vice ChairPerson – Tandana Mtegha
Tandana is an Undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Information Systems. She is passionate about building things, learning and women’s issues. Programming and Computer Science is for everyone, they just need the right introduction and exposure to it. She hopes, above all, that this committee and society helps girls, women and minorities realise that computer science is more than just a job or field of study, it can be fun, interesting and challenging.
Events Cordinator – Fiona Ssozi
Fiona is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science (ICT for Development). Her research has previously been in the Information Systems domain but her core interest remains in introducing appropriate technologies within rural communities. She is a lecturer at Makerere University (in Uganda) and her passion for getting more females into the computing field started in 2007. Her classes had very few female students and she hopes to change that with time. Being a member of WCS allows her to use her somewhat gained project management skills to organise events and create platforms that will attract, encourage and inspire females to remain and pursue a career in computing.
Secretary – Wanga Mulaudzi
Wanga is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics and Computer Science.
She first started coding in her first year, and that is when she realized that her life was incomplete because it took her too long to venture into the world of coding! She joined the team because she felt the need to play a part in encouraging females to pursue a degree in Computer Science, rather than just having it as an elective.
Treasurer – Catherine Chavula
Catherine Chavula is a post-graduate student in the department of Computer Science. Her current research work is building techniques and tools to allow people to search and use textual information in African Languages. She is passionate about Computer Science Education and inspiring girls to get into technical roles in computing. She enjoys cooking and gardening.
The society is grateful to the following members who reinstated the society at UCT.
Omowunmi Isafiade -ChairPerson(2014-2015)
Omowunmi Isafiade is a doctoral researcher at the university of CapeTown (UCT). She is passionate about mentoring and impacting the younger generation, especially in the area of science and mathematics education. She is also passionate about using her skills in helping to dismantle barriers that keep women and minorities from entering science and technology fields. Omowunmi is a committee member of the Global Google Anita Borg Scholars Community and one of the 7 from EMEA region who attended the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in Phoenix, Arizona. Attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of women in Computing spurred her to resuscitate the women in computer science society at UCT, a worthy cause to promote the participation of more women in Computer Science and related field(s). She likes sewing and playing table tennis.
Jorgina Paihama Pereira -Vice ChairPerson (2014-2015)
Jorgina Paihama is a member of the centre for Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Currently doing a PhD in Computer Science (CS), specializing in Information Retrieval, her other research interests are in Digital Libraries, Digital Preservation, Health Informatics, Interoperability Protocols, Language Preservation and Education.
Jorgina’s goal after completing the PhD is to go back to her home country, Angola, and as an academic share her knowledge and hopefully inspire, mentor and motivate a new generation of researchers. It was in the spirit of motivating fellow students, and the need to address the issue of the extremely low number of female students in the field of Computer Science, that in 2011, Jorgina alongside fellow students: Neann Mathai, Xoluqobo Mkhwanazi, Michelle Katz, Martha Kamkuemah, Sarah Brittan and Lyndsay Lawrence; started Women in Computer Science. She is also a big fan of baking, listening to music, watching TV series, going to the beach and socialising with family & friends.
Dr. Chao Mbogho -Events Coordinator (2014 – 2015)
Dr Chao graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town in December 2015.
Her research focused on scaffolding Java programming on a mobile phone for novice learners. Dr Chao’s research interests are in educational technology, specifically in enabling learning of programming on mobile phones among learners in resource-constrained environments. Dr Chao has won several awards, including the Google Anita Borg (EMEA) 2014 and the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future 2015, for demonstrating outstanding qualities in academics, leadership and social contribution in encouraging women in Computer Science. She obtained an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kenya Methodist University. Prior to starting her PhD, Dr Chao was lecturing at Kenya Methodist University, where she was also a Head of Department in the Computer Information Systems department until January 2012.
Imaculate Mosha -Fundraising and Marketing (2014 – 2015)
ChairPerson (2015 – 2016)
Maletšabisa Tšabi Molapo – Honorable Member (2014 – 2015)
Maletšabisa Tšabi Molapo is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), specialising in ICT for Development, as a fellow of the Hasso Plattner Institut and the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future. She conducts research on the use of mobile multimedia in rural health education, and the processes of co-creating technology solutions in these low resource settings. She holds a B.Eng degree in Computer Systems and Networks from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), and an M.Sc in Computer Science from UCT, obtained as a Mandela Rhodes scholar and a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar. In 2016, Tšabi was been honoured as one of the young great leaders of the Commonwealth in an award conferred by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth (Queen’s Young Leaders). Previous accolades include being selected as a recipient of the South African Women in Science Awards (TATA Africa Doctoral Category), the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund award, the Vital Voices Fellowship, the One Young World All Bar None Award, the Moremi Initiative for Women`s Leadership in Africa fellowship, and the Facebook scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in 2012. She is passionate about the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in empowering communities (especially women and youth), and in promoting health and education.