Founder & Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
Oreoluwa Lesi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). W.TEC is a Nigerian nonprofit organisation set-up in 2008 to encourage more girls to pursue technology careers and support women (entrepreneurs and in civil society) to use technology confidently to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives. W.TEC’s programmes include technology camps, afterschool technology clubs, research and mentoring.
Through her work at W.TEC, she has designed high-quality programming for girls – including camps and afterschool clubs – which engage girls with technology in a fun way. Through these programmes, close to 10,000 girls have learnt to create technology – including applications, games, websites, short films and other digital content.
Oreoluwa has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Essex University, U.K. a Masters degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a Certificate in Applied Sciences from Harvard University’s Extension School and a Certificate in Social Sector Management from Pan African University’s Enterprise Development Centre.
She is a Vital Voices Lead Fellow (awarded to emerging and established women leaders across the world) and Ashoka fellow (network of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs).