Dr Sheila Kaka Ochugboju is a skilled science communicator who has worked across Europe, East, West and Southern Africa over the last 15 years. She is credited by the British Council as the creator and facilitator of the African Science Cafes, launched at the Sasol Scifest in Grahamstown in April 2007.
She was previously the Chief Communications Officer for the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), an international non-profit making organization based in Accra, Ghana. Prior to that appointment, she was head of the Communications and Outreach Department for the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) in Nairobi, Kenya. The network supported research communication and outreach activities for National Chapters across 23 African countries to promote evidenced-based decision making for policy makers.
Sheila has a Ph.D in Biochemistry from London University and was a Daphne Jackson Trust Post Doctoral Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where her work at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology focused on genetic virology. She went on to specialize in scientific administration and communication, at the Engineering & Technology Board (ETB), where she was responsible for managing programmes to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in education and professional development, in order to bridge the skills gap in the UK science and engineering workforce.
She has managed large-scale development programmes, funded by multilateral donors across Europe and Africa in health, innovation and leadership development. She was a Director for the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) in the UK and a Facilitator on the British Council InterAction Leadership programme projects across 19 African countries, Egypt and Jordan.
Sheila is a TED Fellow, the Technology, Entertainment and Design community (www.ted.com), which promotes “ideas worth spreading” and curates the annual flagship event TEDxNairobi (www.tedxnairobi.com). She is also the co-founder of a microstock photography website www.africaknows.com