Woman to Watch: Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola

Birthplace: Kenya, East Africa

Occupations: Business Consultant on doing business in Africa (various sectors), Chemist, Educator

Education: Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Lehigh University), Degrees in Biochemistry (East Stroudsburg University) and Food Science and Technology (Kenya Polytechnic University).

Previous Jobs/Roles:

– President of The USA-Kenya Chamber of Commerce

– Asst. Professor of Biochemistry at Villanova University, Lehigh University and Shippensburg University

– VP of Research and development & Co-owner of Advent Business Group (Naturaz Hair Care products)

– COO of Avoglobal Ltd (Consulting company)

– Advisor, various groups addressing HIV/AIDS stigma, education, intervention in both Kenya and Philadelphia

Proudest Moment: Nine years ago she finally allowed herself to “let go and let God.” Since then she has been blessed with a wonderful husband, children, career, friends and family.

Family Life: Christine has two sons: Christian (6 years old) and Camayo (3 years old).  She’s married to Charles Ochola, an environmental engineer working with Tube City IMS. They met while in elementary school in Kenya.

A Balanced Life: Despite Christine’s busy schedule, some of her hobbies and interests include walking, dancing (especially African traditional dance), organic farming, hanging out with her children, talking to friends and family, and meeting new people.

Fun Fact: She has an innate desire to go skydiving (though she says her husband thinks she’s crazy!)

Boards/Committees: Advisory board of the Philadelphia-based World Health Care Infrastructures, board of the Logiri Women’s group (of Wimagak village in Kenya), member of the business committee of the Philadelphia Mayor’s commission on African and Caribbean Affairs, advisory board of the Center for International Business Education and Research at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and is the senior outreach liaison and advisor for the Great lakes Region (East Africa) Health and Environmental Affairs division of FirstSource Worldwide.

Quotable: “REMEMBER To Give Yourself The Chance To Attain Your Maximal Potential”


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