By Hopkin Reporter
Captain Mercy Makau the founder and President Young Aviators Clubs of Africa (YACA) is among 11 nominees inducted into the Hall of Fame for women in emerging technologies.
Our very own Ms. Makau’s selection from a pool of remarkable global nominees reflects her outstanding achievements and dedication to the UAS/AAM industry in Kenya. She joins an elite group of eleven outstanding women ln who have been carefully chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.
The list of exceptional inductees this year includes: Loretta Alkalay, Barbara Bollard, Jackie Dujmovic, Destree Eksteln, Laurie Grindle, Sonet Kock, Jenn Player, Dr. Debbie Saunders, Annalisa Russell-Smith and Abigail Smith.
The Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards initiated by Women and drones in 2017, is a platform that recognizes female trailblazers, innovators, mentors and leader who are shaping the future of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry. The awards celebrates not only individual achievements but also organizations that champion inclusiveness and gender parity in STEM and aviation.
Mercy Makau, a futuristic change maker, is deeply committed to empowering youth and fostering gender equity within the aviation and Aerospace sector in Africa. Her commitment finds expression through the establishment of impactful social enterprises, accompanied by visionary leadership.
Mercy is consistently engaged in propelling the development of advanced air mobility, affordable and dependable intra-Africa air transportation, recreational aviation, accessible local aviation training, and the augmentation of human capacity.
With a wealth of practical industry experience spanning over 15 years, Mercy possesses a diverse skill set encompassing crewed and uncrewed aircraft piloting, strategic management, as well as the scrutiny of quality and safety management systems. Her resolve toward social and environmental causes is unwavering, underscored by the innovative utilization of drone technology.