Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello is Director of Innovation at ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) hosted by Makerere University School of Public Health. Supported by USAID, RAN is a partnership of 18 Sub-Saharan African universities that seeks to identify, develop and scale innovative solutions that will strengthen the resilience of African communities afflicted by natural as well as man-made shocks and stresses by applying science, technology, innovation and partnerships, and using evidence-based approaches.
Dorothy is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) - Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; and a Researcher with netLabs!UG, a research centre within the Department whose model is to strive for a balanced critical mass of basic research, applied research, innovation and commercialisation in the area of telecommunications and networking.
Dorothy holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Electrical - First Class Hons.) from Makerere University, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, United States (Fulbright Scholar), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Recipient). She is a member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) where she also currently serves as President 2016-2018, and is duly registered with the Uganda Engineers Registration Board (ERB). She is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and serves on the 2018 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa (AHCAA). The AHCAA's charter is to enhance IEEE's engagement in Africa in support of advancing technology for humanity.
Dorothy is an activist in the area of getting more women, small-scale enterprises and rural communities engaged in the information society for development – with an ability to understand and balance both community and technology objectives.