Episode 047

Quick Fire Q&A with Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

December 30, 2018

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Episode Overview

For this week’s quickfire highlight, we have the distinct pleasure to get up close and personal with multi-awarded international and space lawyer, Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty.

Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty is currently an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a courtesy appointment at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, USA. She is a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) based in Waterloo, Ontario Canada where she focuses on environmental governance. She’s also a member of the advisory board to various groups and organizations!

Simply put, Dr. Timiebi is a brilliant and resilient African woman with many different pursuits and interests fueled with unbelievable vision and passion. But do you know what it is that really makes us adore her even more? It’s how she remains down-to-earth despite having all these amazing opportunities and achievements.

So, how does she do it? How can an African woman fearlessly stand up and take on a profession dominated by white men?

In episode 28, Timiebi shares that aside from having a truly supportive family, her mother had given her the best life advice. She has this quote written down, “Fear is a habit.” She said that by seeing her fear as a habit she was able to work on changing her pattern, which eventually led to her becoming less and less fearful.

“You need different perspectives to solve global issues, you need the African woman at the table.” – Dr. Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Now, Dr. Timiebi knows that there’s so much to do when it comes to creating a level playing field for developing countries, but this doesn’t change her dream to see innovation spur from socially conscious and inclusive ways. What she wants is innovation that doesn’t harm people in the long run. Innovation that inspires the future generation and builds relations, not barriers.

Now it’s time to listen to our quick-fire questions and uncover what goes on in the mind of one of the few African women in the space industry. Join us as we get to know her as she reveals her thoughts and personal struggles. What’s something she wished she had more of? What is that one question she wished more people would ask her?

Real questions get real answers, don’t miss this episode.

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • The 3 words that Dr. Timiebi describes herself with
  • The first person that comes to mind upon hearing the word ‘successful’
  • What her current favorite book is
  • Who are the 2 people she’d like to have dinner with and why
  • What’s her favorite meal or thing to eat (Hint: Indian food)
  • Where her favorite place is and why
  • What’s something she wishes she had more of
  • The one question she wishes people would ask her more often
  • And much much more!


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