Dr Mrs Umunnakwe bagged her Doctoral degree from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in 2013, Masters degree in Library and Information Science (MLS) from Imo State University, Owerri (1997), while her Bachelors (BLS) was from Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State (1993). Other educational achievements include National Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1982 from College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State, Teachers Training Certificate (TTC) in 1988 from Teachers Training College Umudi, Imo State, while her West African School Certificate (WASC) was from the famous Girls Secondary School Ihioma, Orlu in 1979. Her foundation for higher education was led at Central School Amaigbo where she obtained First School Leaving Certificate in 1973.
Her career into the public service began in 1982 as a teacher at Girls Secondary School Ihioma, Orlu; extending to Orodo Secondary Technical School, Orodo, Girls Secondary School Ubomiri, Mbaitoli LGA, Imo State. She also had a short stint in the educational field with some private secondary schools at Enugu State.
Dr Mrs Umunnakwe joined the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in 2001 as an Assistant Librarian. She has served in more than eight units of the University library, has served as unit head and Coordinator of different Units as well as served in more than twelve different Committees of the University.
She was promoted to Librarian II in 2004, Librarian I in 2007 and Senior Librarian in 2012. Dr Mrs Umunnakwe was promoted to the rank of Deputy University Librarian in 2017 and was appointed Acting University Librarian April 22nd 2020.
Dr Mrs Umunnakwe has attended more than sixty International, National and Local conferences. Published about forty articles in reputable journals at International, National and Local levels.
Dr Mrs Umunnakwe is actively involved in several community services. Some of these include-President Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Sacred Heart Parish, Akwakuma, Assistant Secretary Owerri Archdiocesan Laity Council, Secretary Owerri Archdiocesan Mother of Perpetual Help Solidarity, former Secretary CWO St Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy FUTO, Financial Secretary and Treasurer Nigeria Library Association, Imo State Chapter, Treasurer Orlu Zonal welfare FUTO Chapter among others. She is a team player, a distinguished gentle lady and a chartered librarian.
Dr Mrs Gertrude Chinwendu Umunnakwe nee Okoro was born into the family of Sir Chief Basil Obinna Okoro and Mrs Helen Okoro (of blessed memories) from Amiyi Akah Autonomous Community in Njaba L.G.A. Imo State, Nigeria. She is happily married to Dr Anselm Rex Umunnakwe of Umuele Amazano Autonomous Community in Njaba L.G.A. Imo State. The marriage is blessed with five children.