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SERVIR Women Scientists Build Resilience Around the World

By Climatelinks

USAID and NASA are supporting women scientists around the world to use science and technology to improve resilience and raise the visibility of women in science. More than 30 women scientists and experts work with the USAID- and NASA- supported SERVIR program to solve their countries' most critical development challenges using freely available satellite data. These women are serving society while simultaneously paving the way for the next generation to see more women play a role in science, technology and public policy.

Gender diversity is critical to addressing complex challenges like food security, water security, disaster resilience, and sustainable land and forest management. In celebration of 2018 International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, SERVIR Global profiled the work of women across the network and their contributions to the development of innovative solutions using science and technology. For example:


Participants of a SERVIR Service Planning Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • In the Lower Mekong region, Nguyen Hanh Quyen with SERVIR-Mekong is developing a Regional Land Cover Monitoring System that provides critical data for planning and development. This system will provide open, high-quality data at a high frequency to assist countries with their national land cover monitoring as well as crop type mapping for use in agricultural planning.
  • In SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa, Faith Mitheu is working on tools to improve water resources management specifically designed to help stakeholders monitor flooding and water scarcity in Kenya and Tanzania. These new tools will help stakeholders make informed water management decisions by bolstering local data and monitoring systems with Earth observation data.

Learn more about the women of SERVIR from Niger, Senegal, Kenya, Nepal, India, Thailand and beyond who are working at the cutting edge of these issues by viewing their profiles below or on the SERVIR website.

SERVIR Women Scientists Profiles

  • Jenny Frankel-Reed 
  • Margaret Ramalho McMorrow
  • Napak Tesprasith
SERVIR – West Africa
  • Mary Amponsah
  • Francisca Ameley Armah
  • Abena Boatemaa Asare-Ansah
  • Nouhou Koutcha Mariama 
  • Stella Ofori-Ampofo
  • Assata Boubou Sall
  • Khady Yama Sarr 
  • Dieynaba Seck
  • Malemi Chetima Zeinam 
SERVIR – Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Faith Mitheu
  • Lilian Ndungu 
  • Phoebe Odour
  • Anastasia Wahome
SERVIR – Hindu Kush Himalaya
  • Trilochana Basnett
  • Lalu Kadel
  • Shristi Rajbhandari
  • Naina Shakya
  • Angeli Shrestha 
  • Finu Shrestha
SERVIR – Mekong
  • Wadee Deeprawat
  • Pin Chinaporn Meechaiya 
  • Nguyen Hanh Quyen 
NASA Science Coordination Office/NASA Headquarters
  • Emily Adams 
  • Africa Flores
  • Kelsey Herndon
  • Rebekke Muench
  • Thailynn Munroe
  • Githika Tondapu 
  • Nancy Searby
SERVIR Support Team
  • Katherine Casey
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration
Gender and Social Inclusion, Weather



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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