Meet Angela Tabiri: The Ghanaian Maths Genius Promoting African Females In Mathematics And Paving Way For Diverse Career Opportunities

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Mathematics isn’t just for boys! Girls are capable of being maths geniuses too and this fact #STEMAmbassador the

mathsqueen of Ghana,

Angela Tabiri, a Research associate and Manager for Girls in Mathematical Sciences Program (GSMP), AIMS, Ghana aims to shout loud. She is on a mission to remove existing barriers ensuring more women are pursuing careers in mathematics.

The inspiring young queen who rewrote her story from the slums of Ashaiman, Ghana to an inspiring figure aims to #breakthebias in Mathematics and other related fields, inspiring women as leaders of African higher education. Tabiri in order to help her fulfill her mission founded a network of female mathematicians called Femafricmaths, which promotes STEM education among African females, inspiring young girls to open their eyes and explore diverse career options in STEM.

“My motivation for giving back to the community where I grew up was to give students from less privileged backgrounds access to quality education.”

“It is important to be intentional about creating opportunities for women in mathematics. There are few of us and we need to ensure that barriers are removed so more women can pursue careers in mathematics. I was awarded a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for my PhD studies. This fellowship is for women in STEM from developing countries to enable us to study at top universities abroad and return to our home countries to support teaching and research. It would have been challenging to find other sources of funding for my PhD if I had not been awarded this fellowship by the Schlumberger Foundation.”

Angela Tabiri is an AIMS-Google AI Postdoctoral Fellow at AIMS-Ghana, and a Ph.D. holder in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow (2019). Prior to this, she received a Postgraduate Diploma from ICTP, Trieste in 2015. Angela Tabiri graduated from AIMS Ghana in 2014. She is an alumnus of the University of Ghana where she obtained her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Mathematics and Economics.

Her research interests span noncommutative algebra, quantum groups and quantum homogeneous spaces.

Ever since childhood, Angela has always loved to become a teacher and has since followed through. During her spare-time she dedicates her weekends to teaching mathematics in her community school. Whilst at the University of Ghana, Angela worked as a teaching assistant through the Ghana National Service Scheme.

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