Dr. Ify is a molecular geneticist, working on malaria drug resistance. Ify has a Master in Global Health Science from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Clinical Medicine and Infectious diseases. She started Afroscientric because she realised a huge gap in young African women getting into the science field. When women do manage to get in, progression in the industry or in academia is very difficult. This initiative was born out of her learning the ropes herself. She had no mentor and was usually the only young African woman in her undergraduate to postgraduate years. As a Young Scientist in the field of Molecular genetics, She is still the only African woman in her department. She has had successful education in top universities in UK, worked in top scientific research institutions in the world, won numerous scientific, academic and research awards both at home and abroad, and is currently at the forefront of genetics research. It is her goal to pass on her skills and knowledge of being a successful science student and a successful scientist to the next generation of young African women.
Debby Soetan is a Chartered Chemical Engineer currently working in management within the FMCG industry. Debby has special interests and expertise in FMCG, Chemical Engineering, Biofuels and Sustainability.She successfully qualified and became a Chartered Chemical Engineer under the IChemE. In addition Debby is a qualified PRINCE 2 and Chartered Manager through the Chartered Manager Institute. She won an award for writing a study on Man and Natural Impacts on Global warming for the Institute of Engineering and Technology; the largest Engineering Institute in the World. Some other achievements to date include various Mondelez Manager’s awards for her contribution to the Business. Her continued desire is to use her expertise and experience to help others formulate and solve problems in specific technical and functional areas as well as help others achieve their potential in a technical discipline.