Awards and Honors

Professor Nakalembe is a key figure in building capacity for remote sensing in African agricultural monitoring and research. Her dedicated efforts are focused on empowering stakeholders across the continent. Her trailblazing work has received prestigious recognition, including the 2022 Al Sumait Prize for African Development, Uganda's Golden Jubilee Gold Medal for outstanding public service, the 2020 Africa Food Prize, and a 2019 Group on Earth Observations Individual Excellence Award. Her contributions underscore a commitment to driving positive change and innovation in agriculture and remote sensing on the African continent. 

2022 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development

In recognition of her extensive research leveraging Earth observation data and machine learning to improve food security and agricultural livelihoods across regions of Africa, Assistant Professor Catherine Nakalembe of the Department of Geographical Sciences was awarded the 2022 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development.

The award was established in 2013 by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. 

2022 Presidential Golden Jubilee Medal

The President of Uganda awards the Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding service and loyalty to Uganda. The Presidential Awards Committee selects honorees responsible for identifying, selecting, vetting, and forwarding nominated persons to the President to confer the Honors. A Chancellor heads the awards committee. Read more

2020 Africa Food Prize

Dr. Nakalembe received the Africa Food Prize for her dedication to improving the lives of smallholder farmers by using satellite technology to guide agricultural decision-making. Her work in this area has helped prevent the potentially disastrous impacts of crop failure. Her relentless efforts have also promoted the formulation of policies and programs that directly impact farmers against the impacts of food failure.

Inaugural 2019 GEO Individual Excellence Award

Dr. Catherine Nakalembe is one of the inaugural winners of the 2019 GEO Individual Excellence Awards. This award recognizes scientists who have dedicated their valuable time, resources, and energy toward highly impactful missions with palpable results.

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

March 30, 2022

Selected on the inaugural Black Women in Executive Leadership (B-WEL) a global initiative that centers insights from Black women’s experiences to strengthen, diversify, and connect leaders and innovative solutions available to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

September 12, 2023

Bellagio Rockerfella Foundation

Honored as one of the 100 of Africa's Most Influential Technology and Telecommunications Leaders for 2023 by Africa Tech Festival and Africa Tech

June 2023

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