Joy Makumbe



#Engineering #Business
Where are you from?

Currently based in

I am from Harare, Zimbabwe.


What is your educational background?

I have a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration. My first degree was in Civil Engineering, from the University of Zimbabwe.  

What is your current occupation?

I am a Resident Engineer on a Water and Sanitation project funded by the European Investment Bank for Mwanza Town in Tanzania. My work is to ensure the Client gets quality work from the Contractor, within agreed timeframes and specified budget.

What (or who) got you into STEM?

My passion for constructing things, for bringing solutions and making impact in communities. The support of my parents was also instrumental.

What is the biggest challenge/barrier you have faced as an African in STEM?

As an African, who is also a woman, you have to push an extra mile before you can be accepted as great at what you do. Not many companies are willing to take a chance on you on large projects.

How do you think your background/upbringing has been beneficial in your journey/career?

I was brought up to be a fighter for what I believe is right or for what I want. That makes me stand strong and not be beat down by the negative energy I sometimes encounter on my professional journey.

How do you think we can start to change the narrative surrounding African contributions to global STEM research & careers?

Platforms like the one you have created will bring limelight on the Africans who are contributing in STEM. We need more of these fora where Africans in STEM are profiled.

What advice would you like to give to young, aspiring African’s in STEM?

You can! Be tough. Don't give up. Don't look back. Remember, there is always someone to hold your hand along the journey.

Do you have any project you're working on that you would like us to highlight?

There is not much information out there regarding STEM careers. The Joy Makumbe Trust, registered in 2010, provides such platforms for career guidance and entrepreneurial skills workshops for young people in schools and colleges.

I am also working on a book to be launched during the second half of this year. That will be an interesting read for any girl, boy or parent, interested in STEM.

Social media links

LinkedIn Profile: Joy Makumbe

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