Meet A Nigerian Epidemiologist Who is A Software Developer And Technology Entrepreneur

Farida Mohammad Kabir

Farida Mohammad Kabir (born 25 July 1992) is a Nigerian epidemiologist, software developer, and technology entrepreneur. She is the team lead for Google Women TechMakers and co-organizer of the Google Developer Group in Abuja. She is also the founder and CEO of OTRAC, a health technology company that develops enterprise software systems for the healthcare sector in Nigeria.

BACKGROUND Farida Kabir was born in London, UK, in 1992. She is the eldest of five daughters. Kabir attended primary school in Lagos and secondary school in Kaduna, Nigeria. She studied at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, from January 2009 to April 2014, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science. In 2015, she received training as a front-line field epidemiologist from the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program of the NCDC. She later received a scholarship from the Visiola Foundation to study software development. Kabir also holds an MBA from the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

Kabir started her career in public health as a data analyst with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in the country. She has also worked with the Lassa fever emergency operations center as the assistant communications officer under the social mobilization and communications unit of the NCDC.

In 2016, she returned to study software development through a scholarship awarded by the Visiola Foundation. She then interned at hotels.ng, a software company owned by Mark Essien. She has worked on various software projects with companies like eForge solutions and SAMS.

In 2017, Kabir made a move to the private sector to work in the area of health technology. She founded OTRAC, a health technology company that develops enterprise software systems for the healthcare sector in Nigeria. OTRAC was founded in 2017 and is currently active in Nigeria and South Africa.

Kabir is the current ambassador and team lead for Google Women TechMakers Abuja. Google Women TechMakers is a program that supports and encourages more women to enter the STEM field and helps those already in STEM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. She was one of 100 women named in Leading Ladies Africa (LLA)’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria list for 2019. In 2016, she was the only Nigerian among five Africans to receive an award from the French President, François Hollande, in recognition of her pioneering entrepreneurial strides in Health Technology.

Kabir served as the Federal ICT advisor for the Department of International Development (DFID)’s Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn (PERL) program. This five-year project focuses on strengthening government institutions and increasing citizen participation. The program links governments and citizen groups to collectively address governance challenges for improved service delivery.

AWARDS • 2019: Named one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa (LLA) • 2016: Received an award from the French President, François Hollande, in recognition of her entrepreneurial strides in Health Technology.


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