Dorothy Okello

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Dorothy Okello is an Ugandan technologist and engineer, known for her work in the Women of Uganda Network or WOUGNET.[1]

She has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Uganda, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, United States, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (where she received a Commonwealth Scholarship).[2] She has worked to get more women and rural communities engaged in the information society.

Okello is Africa’s first-ever Digital Woman of the Year, an honor bestowed upon her at an Africa ICT Days gala ceremony for the Digital Woman Award finalists that took place on 16 November in Yaoundé, Cameroon.[3]

She also won the Women Achievers Award for her service in empowering women and girls through Science and Technology. The award ceremony was held on 7 October, 2012.[4]

Okello was elected as the first female president of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers at the institution AGM on 29 April, 2016.[5] On 2 June, 2016 a congratulatory letter from the Irish President Michael D. Higgins was presented to her by the Irish Ambassador to Uganda Dónal Cronin on becoming the first female president of the institution.[6]


  1. ^ Ted Hart; et al. (2010). Internet management for nonprofits : strategies, tools & trade secrets. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. p. 376. ISBN 978-0-470-53956-9. Retrieved 31 January 2011. Mobile phones are affordable to many people even in rural areas,” explains Wougnet's executive director, Dorothy Okello.
  2. ^ "Dr. Dorothy Okello – Short Profile" (PDF). Retrieved June 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "African Digital Woman Announced".
  4. ^ "Dr Dorothy Okello wins Women Achievers Award". College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  5. ^ Kawalya, Shawn Davis (2016-05-02). "Meet Okello Kabagajju the new Engineers' boss". Eagle Online. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  6. ^ Kamoga, Jonathan (6 June 2016). "Engineer's president to push for more science students". the Observer (Uganda).