2017 nominee: Regina Agyare

  • Regina Agyare

Regina Agyare is the CEO of Soronko Solutions and the founder of Soronko Foundation. Technology is shaping our world. Unfortunately, says Regina, it is so male dominated that we are losing the female perspective in the technology that is created. 

The Soronko Foundation and its Tech Needs Girls project teaches girls to code and create technology. They use mentorship and innovation to reach girls from all communities in West Africa, especially marginalized ones.

Seventeen-year-old Rosemary started the Tech Needs Girls class with little knowledge of computers and felt technology was for men. In her Ghanaian hometown, there are a lot of health problems and getting access to health facilities is difficult. She observed this problem and decided to use technology to help solve it. She is starting a foundation called Health At Every Doorstep, which seeks to bring quality healthcare to the doorstep people living in rural and deprived areas of Ghana—and starts by engaging, informing, and educating people. With little knowledge of technology and no prior coding experience, she created her foundation's website.

These impact stories shape the work at Tech Needs Girls. It has trained over 3,500 girls in eight regions and has expanded to Burkina Faso. The organization has also started the first all-girls coding and human-centered design school in West Africa. They are leading a movement where women and girls put Africa on the map for technology and innovation.

Regina was featured on CNN as one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. She is an Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow, Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vital Voices Fellow and a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change.