Trainer on UN Transformation and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development; member of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) Support Group and the Focal Point for UNSDCF Roll out Countries in the Eastern Africa Region
Dr. Ochanda holds a Doctorate Degree in Anthropology with research focus on Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi in Kenya; a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Studies from the same University and a Bachelor in Education degree (B.Ed, Honours) from Kenyatta University, Kenya.
Dr. Ochanda began her career as a High school teacher and later joined the African Confederation for Savings and Credit Cooperatives, as a Bilingual Services Officer. From 1994 to date, Dr.Ochanda works for UNESCO at its regional office for Eastern Africa, as a Programme Specialist for Gender and Science. She is responsible for mainstreaming Gender in Science programmes and is the office’s Gender Focal Point. She is the founder of the Forum for Women Engineers and Girl Scientists in Africa (ForumWEGSA) and the immediate former Chair of the UN Gender Working Group for Kenya (an advisory mechanism for the UN Country Team in Kenya on Gender Equality and women empowerment issues between 2015 and 2018). She is UNESCO’s coordinator of STEM Education in the Africa region and a trainer in gender responsive pedagogy for effective teaching of STEM subjects. She is keen on seeing more girls and women in STEM fields and runs a programme that aims to unlock the potential of high school girls in STEM through scientific camps of excellence - a mentorship programme that demystifies STEM and has inspired over 2500 secondary school girls in Kenya to embrace science as a necessity in their lives.
Dr. Ochanda has extensive experience in gender Equality and women’s empowerment issues and continues to support Governments in policy development for a more focused approached to ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly in the education sector. She is a trainer on UN Transformation and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development; a member of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) Support Group and the Focal Point for UNSDCF Roll out Countries in the Eastern Africa Region. Dr. Ochanda is a mother, a wife, a role model and mentor to many young girls particularly in life and survival skills.