Abie Award Winners, Change Agent

Evelyn Namara

2012 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award

Evelyn Namara is a technologist and social entrepreneur, who has a passion of working with women and girls in technology and entrepreneurship. Evelyn started out her career as a technical support engineer at a small IT support company called Linux Solutions.

Evelyn later joined HITS TELECOM now Orange Uganda Limited as the IT Unix Administrator.

In 2006, Evelyn was part of a women’s network that formed the core of LinuxChix Africa, as a board member representing East Africa. LinuxChix Africa (now defunct) was a network of women in computing across Africa that carried out trainings and programs to empower young girls to take up science courses in school.

In 2010, Evelyn joined the Instructor team of AfNOGChix (Africa Network Operators Group). AfNOGChix is a forum that seeks to increase the participation of women in IT and system administration by providing them with a woman – only training environment.

Evelyn’s passion with working with women and girls led her to her current job, at Solar Sister as the Program Coordinator. Solar Sister is a Social Enterprise that empowers women with economic opportunity. She teaches women the technology of solar and helps them start businesses and also maintain them.