Areas of Expertise
- Engineering and Science, Environmental
- Engineering and Science, Pharmaceutical
- Health Sciences and Technology
- Low-cost approaches to provide and accelerate access to clean safe water, especially for at-risk communities
- Patented technology devices for point-of-use-care in water purification
- Pharmaceutics (Drug delivery/formulation science)
The Top Three Things I Would Like to Learn or Experience During my Mentorship
- Enhanced in-depth skills and knowledge in the area of mentorship of women and girls; leadership and managerial skills; creating and running a not-for-profit organization
- Comparative knowledge of regional and international best practices in entrepreneurship in water treatment methods (e.g. nanofiltration membranes)
- What to do and what not to do in entrepreneurship, pitching and public speaking and business strategies to promote services and consultancy
Ideal Company Type
My ideal company will have experience in water treatment technologies and will provide opportunities to learn modern methods of providing safe, drinkable water. It will also provide me with an opportunity to develop my entrepreneurship, leadership and management skills.
What impact will your mentorship have on your career and professional path?
Women are generally under-represented in Nigeria. I am the first female academic employee in my department in 45 years. This program would afford me the academic and professional pedigree together with working tools and advocacy skills to impact Nigeria both within the academic environment and beyond. Also, it would inject fresh buoyancy into the Nigerian women rights community that would ripple through the grassroots. The program would avail me of an invaluable network of experts, activists, scholars and international organizations in my area of interest. On my return, these would be priceless assets for further research and follow-up.
What will be your most valuable contribution to your TechWomen host company?
Output, they say, is the result of impact! I would want to learn what the mentors at the host companies have learned and experience transformation both professionally and personally to impact my environment vis-à-vis start up, community and country by advancing to the next level. As a result, I should be able to contribute to innovations in water and drug delivery, networking and collaboration in my company and community while bridging the gap between the U.S. my country. Most importantly, I'll ensure synergy and smooth flow of communication between me and my host company towards realization of my project goals.
After participating in the TechWomen program, how will you leverage your mentorship experience to make an impact in your home country?
On completion of my program and based on the skills and knowledge acquired, I will intensify research and offer recommendations to obstacles to women's rights and democratization in Nigeria in particular. My research findings would form a viable legislative advocacy tool for the improvement of rights and democratization laws and policies for women in Nigeria. My newfound skills and networks will help me develop an action plan through my CleanWater Group to support sustainable development goals to impact health and well-being of people while emphasizing water, agriculture, entrepreneurship and innovation for women and girls.
Years of Full-time Work Experience12
Primary Professional Focus
- Civil, water or environmental specialist
- Individual contributor leading innovation
- Mechanical or aerospace specialist
Current/Most Recent Job
- Title and Company: Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Direct Reports: 10+
- Type: Full-time
- Location: Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
- Dates: October 1, 2005 –
Teach pharmaceutics-related courses, e.g. Novel Drug Delivery Systems, Dispensing, Physical Pharmaceutics; Design and Formulation of Dosage Forms, etc); mentor women and girls; provide science communication and career talks; mentor, advise, supervise and administer examinations to under/postgraduate pharmacy students; carry out research on biological barriers (skin and GIT) with suitable drug carriers (nanoparticles, microparticles, nanostructured-lipid-carriers, mucoadhesive systems) for sustained action in disease conditions (malaria, infections, diabetes, ulcer, etc.); attract and manage grants and prepare reports; publish research papers; attend conferences/workshops/symposiums and present papers; do innovation and entrepreneurship, e.g. developed and patented water purifier device that uses green technology (plant material) as point-of use care in water purification for at risk-communities.
- Title and Company: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, Saarland University Campus
- Type: Part-time
- Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
- Dates: April 1, 2013 – August 30, 2013
Developed patient-friendly transdermal product of antimalarial drugs (artemether); produced tailor-made transdermal product based on nanostructred lipid carriers, utilizing carefully selected biodegradable and biocompatible lipid ingredients; optimized and characterized the formulation using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment; conducted skin permeation studies using intact Caucasian skin in a Franz cell experiment (> 4 days); determined the dose detected in the receptor medium as a proof of skin permeation; estimated the dose required to maintain at least 5-7 days steady state for parasite clearance in the blood; published the results (Nnamani et al, 2014; Int. J. Pharm. 477: 208–217); attended conferences/workshops and presented papers.
Highest Level of Education CompletedPh.D
- Institution: University of Nigeria Nsukka
- Degree Awarded: Ph.D
- Major: Drug Delivery/Formulation Science
- Location: Nsukka, ENugu, Nigeria
- Completion Date: July 1, 2010