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Shamiso Kumbirai

Shamiso is a water engineer with a passion for water and women. She works with the fundamental belief that the empowerment of women, the removal of water as a development constraint and the ability to sustainably harness this resource as a tool to help power Africa will positively change the lives of millions who call it home. As a water engineer she has experience in bulk water supply & hydropower engineering. Her experience ranges from the design of potable water transfer in South Africa, to the provision of large scale irrigation schemes for subsistence farming in Swaziland. She's worked on the design of hydropower infrastructure to sustainably boost the energy output in Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda. She participated in site visits, project stakeholder coordination, client liaison, design of conveyance systems & power output investigations.

Shamiso is passionate about advancing women in STEM as she believes women will play a fundamental role in better addressing the social sensitivities required to engineer people-centered solutions for Africa. She's been involved with WomEng, an organization aimed at empowering the next generation of women in engineering, serving as Development Director for Africa. She ran workshops reaching over 800 learners, educating them on engineering disciplines, partnering them with female engineers & facilitating opportunities for funding of tertiary studies. As a Global Shaper, she's spearheading the Sani4Schools campaign, an holistic upgrade of the water & sanitation facilities at a no fee school in Mamelodi. It will also give education on water conservation.She was selected to represent the South African youth voice at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos & as one of 200 for the inaugural class of the Obama Leaders Africa Fellowship.Her hope is to be a driving force towards bridging the gap between government, society and the private sector for fast tracked, sustainable development of infrastructure in Africa.