An alumni of Kilakala, Asha Nyang’anyi, MSc, served as the Secretary of the Steering Committee of the 2011 DICOTA (Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in USA) Convention which was held in the Washington, DC area. She has participated as a presenter at various events including, but not limited to, the 2014 DICOTA Convention, 2014 African Language Teacher Association (ALTA), 2015 Global Association for the promotion of Swahili (CHAUKIDU) and the 2017 Global Health Catalyst Summit. At these events, Asha has spoken about an array of issues including women empowerment within the diaspora. She is one of the founders and CEO of Health, Education and Development (HEAD, INC), a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improve quality of healthcare, education, and economic welfare in the community by engaging, educating and supporting its people. HEAD, INC carries out yearly medical missions to Tanzania.
Asha is also a certified Foreign Language instructor and a pioneer for development and teaching of Swahili language and culture in the Tanzanian community in the DC metro area, under HEAD, INC.
Asha is a Scientist by profession, currently working at QIAGEN Sciences INC; one of the world’s leading providers of innovative sample & assay technologies and a key player in the molecular biology revolution. As a Scientist in the department of Research and Development, she is involved in the development of DNA technology for detection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which has been associated with cervical cancer. Additionally, Asha has assisted in the development of QuantiFERON Technology; a unique approach to disease detection and monitoring. Her most important role is to provide support to customers, conduct training, and transfer of technology to developing countries in Africa and South America, and to facilitate the process for FDA submission domestically.
Asha has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and Microbiology from University of Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania and a Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Howard University in The District of Colombia. She lives in Maryland.