Women in Leadership and Education | IGD Public Lecture Series

Are the experiences of women in leadership changing? Is this different in STEM? What more do our institutions need to do?

Join Professor Teresa Akenga (Vice-Chancellor, University of Eldoret and UNSW Science Alumna) and Professor Emma Johnston (Dean of Science, UNSW Sydney) in conversation with Dr Sarah Cook (Director, Institute for Global Development) exploring the changing experiences of women in leadership, education and science.

Drinks and nibbles will be served after the event. Join us to chat with our guests and enjoy the sunset views.

About the Speakers

Professor Teresa Akenga

Professor Akenga holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from UNSW Sydney. Following extensive undergraduate and postgraduate studies in education and science, Professor Akenga held a number of roles at universities in both Kenya and Rwanda, including lecturing in Chemistry and serving as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, before joining the University of Eldoret as Vice-Chancellor in 2013.

Professor Emma Johnston

Professor Emma Johnston AO is Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney. She is President of Science & Technology Australia and a board member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Antarctic Foundation. A highly awarded scientist and educator, Professor Johnston frequently contributes expert opinion to government agencies and is a sought-after science communicator and industry consultant.

Dr Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook joined the UNSW Institute for Global Development in October 2018 after almost 10 years leading research institutes within the UN, most recently as Director for UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti in Florence, Italy. Prior to joining UNICEF, Dr Cook was the Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva, where she oversaw research programs on poverty, inequality, gender and sustainable development. A historian and development economist by training, and a China specialist, Dr Cook’s own research has focused primarily on China, following its social and economic transformations over more than 3 decades.