Our Advisory Group

Joanne Goetz

A graduate of Dublin City University (DCU), Joanne is an experienced corporate governance professional, working with boards, committees and management at a senior level in the fields of scientific cooperation and international development.
After graduating with an MA from DCU, Joanne lectured for a short period at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie in Mulhouse, France. In 1996, she joined the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, France, where, over a 15-year period, she worked in various roles, including project management, data protection and corporate governance.
Joanne joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in 2012. Gavi is a Geneva-based international organisation which brings together both the public and private sectors, with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
Joanne has been Head of Governance at Gavi since 2015 and in this role she provides advice and expertise on corporate governance to the Gavi Secretariat, including Senior Management, to meet the needs of the Gavi Board and its Committees while ensuring that it remains consistent with world class proactive. She oversees the day-to-day governance management of the Gavi Board, Gavi Board Committees and associated Advisory Committees, and manages a small team within a dynamic, multi-cultural environment.

Jovia Nanyonjo

Jovia is a Tech enthusiast and mentor who is passionate about creating innovative solutions for community challenges. She  worked with Women In Technology Uganda (WITU) as a Code girls program officer where She initiated the formation of WITU code girls clubs in over 10 primary and secondary schools through which she mentored and  trained young girls how  to code with scratch  preparing them for taking on STEM-related courses while at an advanced level and at university
Jovia has actively participated in Africa Code Week as a scratch trainer since 2016,  She became an Ambassador for Africa Code Week (ACW) Uganda in 2017. She was then nominated to take the lead in 2018   where She led a team of volunteers, ambassadors and implementing partners in planning and hosting of Train Trainer sessions for primary and secondary school teachers in scratch programming, who then later hosted student coding sessions. Over 200+ trainers and 5000+ students were reached. Jovia supported a team of ambassadors in 2019 to successfully run the ACW activities.
Jovia is currently working as a hardware quality control specialist at Fenix international which is a next-generation energy company providing clean energy access to mostly rural areas with no access to electricity across six markets in Africa. She mainly focused on creating processes and software tools for inspection of products ensuring that they are as required by customers from the suppliers.