Bio

Dr Okorafor is the founder and Chief Executive of Herbal Papaya LLC, a health and wellness company, head quartered in Wylie, Texas, that manufactures and markets natural and organic Papaya based health supplements and drinks.

She is also the founder and President of Working to Advance for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, a 501(c) non profit dedicated to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education for African women, and working to ensure that talent is engaged in Technology Innovation on the African continent. 

Dr. Okorafor received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos. She obtained the M.Sc. degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, and her Ph.D. at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is a graduate of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship program and Stanford University Business School’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.

Her industry experience includes team lead at the Education Technology Division at Texas Instruments, Dallas Texas. She has also worked at Intel, HP and IBM research lab. Dr. Okorafor is a member of IEEE, ACM, SWE, NSBE and SPIE and has been the recipient of the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the AAUW Engineering Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship for promoting STEM education. She is also a visiting professor at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja Nigeria where she teaches courses at the Computer Science department.

She has been a guest speaker at several events including the Women In Science and Engineering Conference at Texas A & M University. She recently served as a thought leader at the Ashoka Foundation Changemakers and was elected in 2010 as a "Future World leader" by the world leaders' forum.

Dr Okorafor has authored several journal and conference papers and is in the process of publishing her first book. Follow Dr. Okorafor on Twitter @unondili

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