Women in Industry and Academia Panel Session
Panel Chair: Dr. Loice Gudukeya, University of Zimbabwe
Dr. Eng. Loice K Gudukeya
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Zimbabwe
Loice is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Zimbabwe. She has previously held the post of Assistant Lecturer in the same department at University of Zimbabwe and at the Harare Institute of Technology, in the Industrial Engineering Department.
She is a holder of a PhD in Engineering, University of Johannesburg (2018), MSc in Renewable Energy, University of Zimbabwe (2012), BHon in Engineering: Industrial and Manufacturing, NUST (Bulawayo, 2004). Her PhD research title was: “Towards Green Manufacturing: Improving Environmental Sustainability in The Zimbabwean Steel Industry”.
Professionally Loice is a corporate member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers. Under the same board she is a member of the National Student Award and the Congress Planning Committees. She is also registered with the ECZ. She also in different committees in the department and faculty and has published a number of journal and conference papers. Her research areas are Environmental Sustainability and Cleaner production.
Loice is passionate about promoting Science and Engineering to young girls in primary and high school. The hope is to invite them to the Engineering world and to make them stay in the field. She is currently chairing University of Zimbabwe Women in Engineering, which falls under the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers, Women in Engineering. The mandate is having a community of Women in Science at the university that holds different events that promote higher numbers of females in the field.
Dr. Fortunate Farirai, PhD (Pr. Eng.)
Chief Executive Officer
Fortunate is an experienced engineering professional in the field of renewable energy. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits) and is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe. Before the PhD, she received an MSc in Renewable Energy from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and a BSc (Hon) in Chemical Technology from the Midlands State University, both in Zimbabwe.
From 2012 to date, Fortunate has contributed to various R&D projects within Southern Africa and regularly interfaces with the international energy community. The majority of this work was done in her capacity as a Senior Research Engineer at the Energy Technology Institute of the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC) in Zimbabwe.
In collaboration with members of her network at Wits, UZ and other industry partners she has published various research articles in high-impact factor international journals and also presented at various technical conferences in Europe and Africa. She has also co-authored a book chapter. Even today, her research momentum remains as evidenced by the many articles she continues to publish.
Unique to her, despite the demanding professional and academic life, she is a proud and dedicated wife and mother to 3 energetic boys. She happily claims that her family is the greatest source of support and strength in her work. Due to her strong pioneering spirit, Fortunate is also an active entrepreneur. In 2015, she co-founded and is currently a director of Wise Petroleum, a company involved in fuel handling and distribution and which also owns a few fuel stations in Zimbabwe.
Also, in 2020, she founded and is the current chief executive officer of Sustenergy Zimbabwe, a company dedicated to a cause that is very close to her heart, renewable energy.
Lastly, Fortunate is highly passionate about the holistic growth of her community and thus dedicates a significant portion of her time to national and voluntary service. Currently, she is the H2Atlas Project Team Leader for Zimbabwe, an initiative by SASSCAL to determine the green hydrogen potential of Southern Africa which is very critical considering the importance of the resource in future energy scenarios. Also, she is the incumbent Chairperson of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World, Zimbabwe Chapter. The work brings her much joy as she gets to help empower women in related career fields, assist in strengthening their professional network and facilitate activities that augment their competitiveness in the modern workplace.
Dr. Bupe Getrude Mwanza
Graduate School of Business
University of Zambia
Dr. Bupe Getrude Mwanza has over 9 years of experience in the Higher Education Sector. She has practical experience in teaching and learning, academic administration and research, and quality assurance in the Higher Education Sector. Bupe has teaching and learning experience in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. She has experience in Quality Assurance in the Manufacturing Sector. She worked for Best Oil Products and Konkola Copper Mines were she was designated in the Quality Assurance Departments. Bupe has a Bachelor of Science in Production Management, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management and PhD in Engineering Management.
Bupe has published and presented a number of papers on Waste Management, Operations Management, Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Management. She has presented in countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Colombia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macao, Thailand and India. She has contributed to the Research Output of the University of Johannesburg, University of Zambia, Copperbelt University, Cavendish University Zambia and Harare Institute of Technology. Because of her passion in research, Bupe has won best paper awards in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malaysia.
Bupe is a mentor to a number of young ladies. Her profile has been used to mentor young ladies pursing their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes. Bupe is the Chairperson of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Chapter in Zambia. She is also a Visiting Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. She is permanently employed by the University of Zambia, where she serves as the Associate Director and Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business.