Eng. Dr. Dorothy Okello

Role: Principal Researcher, netLabs!UG

Eng. Dr. Okello achieved a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical) from Makerere University in 1992, and moved to Texas, USA to undergo a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1995 as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2004 she received Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Canada as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar.

Eng. Dr. Okello has always been an active in the area of women’s rights and empowerment. She founded the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), a non-governmental organisation to promote the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) among women in Africa. She has served as a board member of the National Board of Action Aid International Uganda (AAIU) to work with the poor women, men, boys and girls, the local civil society, and other development players to eradicate absolute poverty in Uganda by overcoming the inequality that cause it. She currently serves on the expert panel of of mWomen Thought Leadership Advisors and APC-Africa-Women which empower women’s organisations to access and use ICTs for equality and development. For her work in this area she has been awarded the ‘Top ICT Woman – Uganda ICT Excellence Awards 2009’, “Top 10 Personalities that Shaped Uganda’s ICT in 2011” and the Women Achievers Award in 2012 as well as being the first recipient of Africa’s Digital Woman Award.

Eng. Dr. Okello is a member of the governing Council for Uganda Institute for Information and Communications Technology (UICT) as well as Vice President, Electrical Division of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE).

Eng. Dr. Okello is currently the principal investigator at netLabs!UG, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Makerere University and Director of Innovation, Eastern Africa Resilience Innovations Lab (EA RILab).

Contact: dorothy.okello@netlabsug.org


  • Okello, D., Wasswa, W., Mukasa, P., Ssebaale, D., and Kagarura, M.G. (2015) eInfrastructure: Next Generation Wireless Broadband Networks for Uganda 2020, IST-Africa’15, May 2015.

  • Okello, D.K., Niyonshuti, M., Lukoye, M.N., Mugume, E. (2014) Green Communications:Large vs Small Cell Deployment, Proceedings of 6th international Conference on e-infrastructure and e-services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM) 2014, Kampala, Uganda, 24th-25th November 2014.

  • Ozhathil, D., Kagarura, M.G., Okello, D., Akol, R.N. (2014) Towards a Practical Cognitive Channel Allocation Scheme, Proceedings of 6th international Conference on e-infrastructure and e-services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM) 2014, Kampala, Uganda, 24th-25th November 2014.

  • Okello, D., Budigiri, G., Kibalya, G., Nakisozi, P., and Atungire, P. (2014) The Case for Cooperative Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Femtocell Networks to solve the Hidden Node Problem. ITU Kaleidoscope 2014 – Living in a converged world – impossible without standards? Russia, 3-5 June 2014.

  • Kagarura, G.M., Okello, D.K., and Akol, R.N. (2013) Evaluation of Spectrum Occupancy: A Case for Cognitive Radio in Uganda, Proceedings of the IEEE Ninth International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN), pp. 167-174.

  • Mugala, S., Butime, J., and Okello, D. (Corresponding author). (2011) Crest Factor Reduction of an OFDM/WiMAX Network. IST-Africa’11, May 2011.

  • Bogere, P., and Okello, D. (2011) Dynamic Spectrum Allocation in Multi-user Wireless Networks. IST-Africa’11, May 2011.

  • Ndiritu, H., Kagimba, D., Akol, R., and Okello, D. Design of an Early Warning System for Floods using GSM Technologies suitable for Uganda. Accepted for publication at AFRICOMM ’11, November 2011.

  • Bogere, P., and Okello, D. (2010) Dynamic Spectrum Allocation in Multi-user Wireless Networks through Opportunistic Spectrum Sensing Technique., Proceedings of the UIPE National Technology Conference 2010, May 2010, Kampala, Uganda.

  • Madanda A., Okello D., and Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, G. (2009) A Gender Critique of Uganda’s Rural ICT Access Policy: Opportunities and Challenges. International Journal of Computing and ICT Research, Special Issue, Vol. 3, No.1, October 2009, pp. 42-52.

  • Berthilson, L., Escudero Pascual, A., Okello, D., Mugume, E., and Benjamin, M. (2009) Internet in Africa? : (A)bort, (R)etry, (F)ail; a compilation of three years experience working with community wireless networks in Africa. IT+46, http://idl-bnc.idrc.ca/dspace/handle/10625/42143

  • Bakesha, S., Nakafeero, A., and Okello, D. (2009) ICTs as agents of change: a case of grassroots women entrepreneurs in Uganda. In Buskens, I. and Webb, A (editors). African Women and ICTs. Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment. Zed Books/IDRC. ISBN 978-1-84813-192-7. e-ISBN 978-1-55250-399-7, pp. 143-153, http://www.idrc.ca/openebooks/399-7/#page_143

  • Mwesiga, P., Okello, D. (Corresponding author), and Butime, J. (2009) Low Cost Broadband Access and Infrastructure: The CWRC Experience. Accepted for publication at AFRICOMM ’09, December 2009.

  • Okello, D. K. and Kaplan, M. (2004) Adaptive Beam Allocation for Multimedia Ka-band Satellite Networks, Proceedings of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, vol. 5, pp. 2843-2847.

  • Buntarian, N., Cinco, C., Delgadillo, K., Okello, D., and Sabanes Plou, D. (2000) Acting locally, connecting globally: Stories from the regions. Women in sync: Toolkit for electronic networking. APC Women`s Networking Support Programme, PH, http://idl-bnc.idrc.ca/dspace/handle/10625/3527