Barbara Birungi

Barbara Birung

Director Hive Colab

Barbara is a ground-breaking innovator dedicated to promoting the economic empowerment of youth especially girls and women by encouraging greater youth participation in Uganda’s technology sector and actively contributing to the budding IT innovation and entrepreneurship sector of the country. She is the Director of Hive Colab, a business accelerator and incubator for East African startups, and founder of WITU (Women in Technology Uganda), which encourages, inspires, and trains women in technology. Barbara brings expertise in business development, managing and establishing relationships among entrepreneurs, incubators, venture capitalists, and angel funders from Uganda and abroad.

Prior to this, she also worked with Makerere University on a project to increase the sales of rural craft making women using the web so as to improve the livelihoods of local women. Barbara worked with Watoto Childcare Ministries as a volunteer training the orphaned youth in computer skills for two years.

Barbara is a 2014 Anita Borg Institute Change agent winner. An award given to non Us-women impacting the lives of girls and women around the world through STEM and a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow.

Barbara hold a degree in Business Computing from Makerere University Kampala, a post graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from University of Salford Manchester,UK

 

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