Regina Honu

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Regina Honu
Regina Honu.jpg
Born Regina Fremah Agyare
Accra, Ghana
Education Ashesi University
Occupation Social Entrepreneur
Regina Honu teaching girls to code & create technology

Regina Honu is a Ghanaian Social Entrepreneur, software developer and founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company in Ghana.[1] She opened Soronko Academy, the first coding and Human-centered design school for children and young adults in West Africa.[2] [3]

Regina has received multiple awards for her tireless efforts, including being named by CNN as one of the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was also named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of the ten female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies.[4]

Her success has garnered international attention with features on platforms such as CNN African Voices,[5]BBC,[6] Deutsche Welle,[7] Aljazeera[8] as well as the Impatient Optimist blog by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She was unveiled as the 2016 Vlisco Brand Ambassador.[9] In an interview with the CNN's African Start-Up she is described as a Ghanaian tech guru who wants to develop the next generation of women in technology.[10]

Regina's story was also published in Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In book.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She got married in November 2015 and is now Regina Honu.[12]

Education[edit]

Regina attended Holy Child High School, Cape Coast for her secondary education. She is an alumnus of Ashesi University and a member of the 2005 class.[13]

Tech Needs Girls[edit]

Regina started Tech Needs Girls Ghana movement which aims to train and educate more Ghanaian girls into studying technology related courses. The movement is well noted for teaching girls how to code.[14][15] As a young woman working in tech, Regina Honu has faced all sorts of challenges including stereotyping, sexism and discrimination. Despite this, she has found opportunities in the STEM space to make her dreams come true. “I am using technology to leave a legacy and empower women and girls to reach their full potential,” said Regina.

Running Soronko Academy, the first coding and human-centred design school in West Africa, she has found a way to scale impact with the Tech Needs Girls program which has trained over 3,500 girls in Ghana and Burkina Faso.[16]

Awards & Achievements[edit]

  • Ashoka Fellow[17]
  • She is an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow [18]
  • A Mandela Washington Fellow (Young African Leaders Initiative) [19]
  • A member of the World Economic Forum community of Global Shapers[20]
  • Vital Voices VVLead Fellow and part of the 100 exceptional women from the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network [21]
  • A GOOD Global Fellow [22]
  • She is a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change [23]
  • She recently won the 2017 Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders from Northwestern University.[24]
  • She was honoured as one of Coca-Cola 60 Young achievers with an outstanding performance in Technology[25]
  • She was then awarded the Big Six award from Coca-Cola Ghana for her incredible contribution in Technology.[26]
  • She won the 2016 Startup Entrepreneur of the year and her organization won the Social Enterprise Startup of the Year in the 2016 Ghana StartUp Awards.[27]
  • She also won the JCI Ghana Outstanding Young Person award for scientific and technological advancement.[28]
  • Her organization was nominated for the editor’s choice award in the Women in IT award in the UK[29]
  • She was a finalist for the ITU African Digital Woman of the Year.[30]
  • She was awarded a Women of Courage Award for Technology [31]
  • She is on the project advisory board to help advice the UN Committee for the Rights of a Child update the Convention for the Rights of the Child for a Digital Age[32][33]
  • Tech Needs Girls was awarded in the 2014 Ghana CSR Diary Awards.[34]
  • 100 Women of the year 2017 by the BBC

Partnership[edit]

As part of World Autism Day 2018, Regina Honu partnered with Autism Ambassadors of Ghana for an Autism awareness session.[35] The session helped to create awareness about autism and introduced an Autism Aid App which enable families of children living with Autism to access information from experts on how to take care of these kids.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tech entrepreneur Regina Agyare". CNN. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  2. ^ Mphahlele, Thabo. "Regina Honu, Soronko Solutions CEO". Biznes Africa. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Regina Agyare Chief Executive Officer, Soronko Solutions". SWIFT. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Soronko Solutions CEO Regina Honu thriving as Vlisco's 2016 Ambassador". Citifm Online. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Breaking down barriers for women in tech". CNN. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Meeting Obama- Ghanaian entreprenuer speaks to BBCNewsday". Sound Cloud. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. ^ Isaac, Kaledzi. "Tech Needs Girls: equipping Ghanaian girls". DW. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Fighting sexism in science and tech". The Stream. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  9. ^ "VLISCO GHANA UNVEILS AMBASSADOR 2016 - Vlisco Women's Month". Vlisco Women's Month. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  10. ^ "Breaking down barriers for women in tech". CNN. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Regina Agyare". Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  12. ^ Olapoju, Kolapo. "Regina Honu: I ended 2015 marrying the love of my life (30 days of Gratitude) - YNaija". YNaija. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  13. ^ "CNN features Ashesi alumna, Regina Agyare '05 on 'African Start-Up'". iSpacegh. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  14. ^ "iSpace Spotlight – Regina Agyare". Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  15. ^ "iSpace Spotlight – Regina Agyare | The iSpace Foundation". ispacegh.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  16. ^ "Bridging the Gender Digital Divide in Africa". Master Card Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Ashoka Innovators for the Public". Ashoka. Ashoka. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  18. ^ "GET TO KNOW REGINA". newvoicesfellows. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Meet the Fellows: Regina Agyare". yali state gov. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Regina Agyare | World Economic Forum: Global Shapers". www.globalshapers.org. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  21. ^ "CELEBRATING GIRLS AND ICT: THE GREAT EQUALIZER IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT". Vital Voices. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  22. ^ Simeone, Jennifer. "How to Teach Technology to Girls: Advice from Ghana". msmagazine. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  23. ^ "Current Change Leaders / Alumni". Africa Reach for Change.
  24. ^ "Buffett undergraduate affiliates select Regina Agyare Honu as the 2017 Buffett Award winner". Buffett Northwestern. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  25. ^ Karikari, Kwaku Boakye. "Youth, major resource for government's transformational agenda – Minister". Gold Street Business. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  26. ^ Karikari, Kwaku Boakye. "Youth, major resource for government's transformational agenda – Minister". Gold Street Business. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  27. ^ Kwawu, Daryl. "Echohouse Ghana Limited is Startup of the Year". myjoyonline. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  28. ^ Jotie, N. Sule. "JCI TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSONS AWARDS-MOTIVATING EXCELLENCE". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  29. ^ Rossi, Ben. "Women in IT Awards 2016 finalists revealed". Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  30. ^ Girl, Ronin. "The Ada Awards - Digital Woman of the Year". Digital Woman Award. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  31. ^ "Young Legends of Inspiration- Regina Agyare". Ghana Talks Business. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Young Legends of Inspiration- Regina Agyare". Ghana Talks Business. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Network". Digitally Connected. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Ghana CSR Diary & Awards 2014: Leading Socially-Responsible Companies Awarded". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  35. ^ https://www.myjoyonline.com/lifestyle/2018/march-19th/soronko-academy-partners-autism-ambassadors-ahead-of-autism-app-launch.php
  36. ^ https://www.myjoyonline.com/lifestyle/2018/march-19th/soronko-academy-partners-autism-ambassadors-ahead-of-autism-app-launch.php