Women in STEM: Ndaindila

The food scientist Ndaindila

My 39th guest in Ndaingila, a passionate food scientist working with the FAO.

Hi Ndaindila! First of all would you like to tell us something about you?

A young and adventurous food safety and security enthusiast from Namibia. My educational background is that of Environmental Health Science and Food Safety. I’m currently based in Rome, working with the FAO.

When did you start your Twitter account? How did you get the idea?

I started tweeting some time this year but I am not so active. I thought it would be a great platform to network and engage with experts.

Can you tell us something about how you balance work and private life? 

I wouldn’t say that there is a balance but I try to make it work. Sometimes I layout a to do list.

During your academic studies how many women were in course? Why in your opinion?

Majority were actually women, Both in my undergrad and postgrad. I believe it is because the field in mostly found attractive to females.

Have you ever felt harassed or being kept apart as a scholar because you are a woman?


How did you become passionate about science? 

Growing up I have always loved science

Would you like to talk briefly about your job?

I am currently and food safety and systems consultant at the FAO. I am currently working with FAO on developing a Bioeconomy strategy for countries. I am also exploring innovative solutions that would support the transformation of food systems towards safe, healthy, nutritious and sustainable diets for all.

Ndaindila at FAO

Thank you so much for your time. Lastly, can you give any advice to girls interested in STEM?

If you want to solve global challenges, STEM is the place to be!

Follow Ndaindila on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Ndaindila in the lab


  1. I am more than proud to see you succeed. I must mention that you are an inspiration for the course. It is clear indication that , you can go places and not only within the country. Food hygiene remains one of the domains of Environmental Health Science, and atleast we have hope to follow your footsteps one good day. Congratulations to you Ndaindila, I am super super proud of yoru hard work and dedication.

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