Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi

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Organization: Women's Technology Empowerment Centre - W.TEC
Affiliation: GNSO
Stakeholder Group(s): Civil Society/Non-Governmental
Region: Africa
Country: Nigeria
Email: Oresomolu@yahoo.com
Website:

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Twitter: TwitterIcon.png   @Oreoluwa

Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi is a social entrepreneur with an interest in building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, which includes more women technology users, creators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

She is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, the Women's Technology Empowerment Centre - W.TEC, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Through W.TEC, she has worked with 23,000 girls and women (and counting) in a variety of programmers, including technology camps and after school clubs for girls; as well as training workshops for women entrepreneurs.

Oreoluwa has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Essex and a Masters of Science degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She also has a certificate in Applied Sciences from Harvard University's Extension School and a certificate in Social Sector Management from the Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos, Nigeria).

Career History

2008 - present: Founder / Executive Director, Women's Technology Empowerment Centre - W.TEC (Lagos, Nigeria)

2005 - 2007: Training Coordinator, Lonadek Oil & Gas Consultants (Lagos, Nigeria) Project Coordinator, Youth Empowerment & Restoration Initiative

2003 - 2005: Technology Associate, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre - Education Development Centre, Inc. (Newton, MA, USA)

2001 - 2003: Research Associate, Gender, Diversities & Technology Institute - Education Development Centre, Inc.

ICANN and Internet Governance Participation

2017 - 2018: Mentee, Community Onboarding Programme, ICANN

2013 - present: Member, Not for Profit Operational Constituency (NPOC), ICANN

2012 - present: Member, ISOC (Nigerian chapter)

Education

2013: Certificate in Social Sector Management, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos, Nigeria)

2000 - 2001: Certificate in Applied Sciences, Harvard University's Extension School (USA)

1998 - 1999: Masters of Science degree in Information Systems, London School of Economics & Political Science (UK)

1995 - 1998: Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics, University of Essex (UK)

Publications

Awards

2018 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria - from Leading Ladies Africa & YNaija 2014 VVLead Fellowship - from Vital Voices 2013 Ashoka Fellowship 2009 Anita Borg Change Agent Award