South African Young Academy of Science

Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye

Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye

Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye is currently the Project Manager at the Vaal University of Technology in a start up company called Dihlare Pty Ltd. The company provides the ideal vehicle to authenticate traditional medicines in order to ultimately produce them for community consumption. In addition to her leadership role at Dihlare, she heads a research group where she supervises the next generation of scientists, funded through her National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka Post-PhD track research grant. Dr Qwebani-Ogunleye is an advocate for science and has delivered many science talks, some on invitation, at high schools and other platforms. She was a member of the NRF Role Modelling Campaign aimed at encouraging high school learners to pursue studies in the STEMI fields and create awareness about the importance of PhDs to knowledge creation and social-economic factors.

 

Her notable contribution to science has resulted in several accolades awarded to her, including the 2011 DST Young Women in Science Award from the Department of Science and Technology and TATA Africa. In 2016 she was the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in 2018 she is the recipient of the TechWomen Fellowship. This is an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a platform for emerging women leaders in STEMI and the award encompasses a one month working visit to the San Francisco’s Silicon Valley. This is then followed by a one week program in Washington DC, where the awardee participates in discussions, forums and cultural events. The discussions normally rotate around Women in Science and Leadership