Dr. Chao Mbogo holds with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT), an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kenya Methodist University. Her current research focuses on supporting learners in resource-constrained environments, to learn programming using mobile devices. Her work has been published in several international peer-reviewed journals and conference papers.
Dr. Chao has received several recognitions for her academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills, and community involvement. For example, she was a winner of the 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (EMEA), and she was a recipient of the 2015 Schlumberger Faculty for the Future award for women in STEM. She was also named as one of the 2017 Quartz Africa Innovators, was selected as a 2017 Techwomen Fellow, and in March 2018 she awarded a Leadership ‘Zuri’ award for her positive contribution to the Kenyan community.
Dr. Chao is an active advocate for quality education and research. She is also an active mentor to students in Computer Science, with previous involvements including as a committee member for Women in Computer Science society at UCT and leading outreach activities through Google’s Women Techmakers. She is now the Program Lead for KamiLimu, an impactful structured mentorship program for university students studying Computer Science students.
Dr. Chao currently heads the Computer Science department at Kenya Methodist University, where she is also a Researcher and a Lecturer.