Farida is a software engineer and a technical product manager with over 10 years of experience working in the technology industry as team lead for Google women tech makers program and as the CEO of OTRAC where she led a team of engineers, data scientists, and UX researchers to design and develop custom enterprise solution for the government, it’s agencies as well as development partners like the UNICEF, etc.
Farida is currently a Digital Development Specialist working within the World Bank Group’s Digital Development Global Practice on the Nigeria Identification for Development (ID4D) project. In this role, she is leading the collection of data on performance, security, functionality, and overall architecture of the biometric systems for enrollment, including aspects related to people, processes as well as technology, which will inform the necessary policy and strategic reforms needed to ensure a robust and protected national identity management system.
Farida also trains and mentors young girls on software development and career paths in IT. She is passionate about the conscious use of technology as a tool to improve socio-economic development indices in developing countries like Nigeria, particularly in healthcare and governance which will, in turn, translate into improved service delivery and transparency in delivering those services.
Farida also holds an MBA from the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. She is currently the ambassador for Google Women Techmakers Abuja and the co-organizer for Google Developer Group Abuja. She is also a member of the World Health Organization – AFRO steering committee for developing and implementing a framework for scaling health innovations across Africa.
Farida has won various awards in the course of her career, including the 2020 Most Powerful People in Tech and YTech 100 by YNaija, the Innovator Award by Verdant Zeal Group, and Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women of 2019 by Leading Ladies Africa. In 2016 she was the only Nigerian amongst five Africans that was awarded by the French President, François Hollande, in recognition of her pioneering entrepreneurial strides in Health Technology.
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