Khadija Abdulla Ali has gone from volunteer to “Queen of Drones” in Tanzania check out her interview with Women and Drones.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
My name is Khadija Abdulla Ali and am 26 years old. I am currently an undergraduate in Information Technology and Application Management at the State University of Zanzibar, and also a drone operator volunteer for the World Bank project – the Zanzibar Mapping Initiative (ZMI).
I was born on the Zanzibar Islands in Tanzania. Versed in computer programming and website design, I always wanted to be a digital girl with advanced technology skills. In secondary school I started my love for computer programming and in 2016 my heart was opened to work on unmanned aircrafts.
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How did you get started in the drone industry?
In May 2016, Yussuf Said Yussuf, who is now the WeRobotics – Tanzania Flying Labs Coordinator, came to me and asked if I would volunteer with the Zanzibar Mapping Initiative, the goal of which is to map all of Zanzibar using UAVs. Yussuf told me they need someone smart, strong and who can give the project full energy, working at any time needed and that I was the perfect fit. He also told me the project does not have any money to pay me, but I made the decision to participate anyway.
I then started to get training from SenseFly and Drone Adventure on how to use drones, how to monitor and setup specifically eBee drones using eMotion2, and got to attend a one-week training session, going into the field for hands-on practice. I am now proudly qualified as a eBee drone operator.
Tell us about your organization and your role there.
The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), organizes public lecture based in GIS and computer science and also builds GIS capacity for government staff. I contribute by providing technical support under the department of Computer Science and Information Technology. Continue reading about Khadija Abdulla Ali.