Dr Tozama Quebani - Ogunleye
Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye is currently the Project Manager at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in a start up company called Dihlare Pty Ltd. In 2014-2016 she was a lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology. Prior to that she was a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research for 6 years and also completer her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand during this period.
Dihlare Pty Ltd at VUT 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. She volunteers her time in various projects, these projects include: the Eskom Expo for young scientists as a judge, reviews for the Scientific Journal, writing blogs for Women Emancipation as ongoing process (http://www.drtqo.com/Blog2.html), the NRF-SAASTA National Science Week as grant- holder, postgraduate student supervisor and author of the book: 20 Fantastic life lessons: Insights from my life journey. As a TechWoman fellow, she would like to see the feasibility study that was started at VUT growing, becoming the Centre of Excellence for Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Medicine and to empower the next generation of scientists https://www.vut.ac.za/enjoying-the-fruits-of-her-labour/ .