W.TEC is guided in its work by its Board of Trustees, which is made-up of experts in the areas of Science and Engineering; Information, Communication and Technology for Development (ICT4D); Gender and Development; Law; Non-Profit Management; and Entrepreneurship.
Engr. Christiana Oyindamola Adelowo, Board Chair
She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fechrad Nigeria Limited, a civil engineering company, which she set-up in 1986 to provide civil engineering services to various clients including Federal and State governments, parastatals and major oil companies.
Prior to setting-up her own firm, Engr. Adelowo worked as the Resident Manager and Chief Engineer of Etteh Aro & Partners, where she was extensively involved in infrastructure planning, design, construction management and the supervision of various challenging projects; as well as personnel management and staff development. Most notably, she supervised the construction work on the Ilorin University Teaching Hospital and for the Federal Ministry of Health. Engr. Adelowo is a fellow and past National Vice President (2002 – 2003) of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, as well as a member of COREN.
She has also been very active in the Association for Professional Women Engineers. She also mentors women in her community and is an Assistant Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Engr. Adelowo has a Masters degree in Highways and Transportation from City University, London, U.K and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where she graduated with honours.
Dr. Olatokunbo Somolu, Board Secretary
She retired as the first woman head of the Engineering and Technology Division (ETD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). She is the Group General Manager, Engineering and Technology of the NNPC. Before this, Dr. Somolu was Manager of the Engineering Division supervising the construction of the NNPC headquarters in Abuja.
In earlier years, she had supervised the building of the Satellite and Warri Depots, the Warri and Port Harcourt NNPC office buildings, as well as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) office complex in Lagos.
Prior to starting her career with NNPC, Dr. Somolu worked with Omisore, Afolabi & Partners, a group of consulting engineers, before which lectured at the Yaba College of Technology’s department of Civil Engineering where she rose to become Department Head.
Dr. Somolu has a Doctorate in Structural Engineering from the University of Lagos, making her the first Nigerian woman to earn a doctorate in any field of engineering. She also has a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the same university, where she graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Somolu has received many honours and awards for her professional excellence. She is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Oreoluwa Lesi, Founder / Executive Director
She 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. Many of these girls have been inspired to pursue technology careers. She has also designed and overseen programmes that support women in their use of technology for entrepreneurship, career development, learning and leadership activities.
Oreoluwa has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Essex University, U.K. a Masters degree in Analysis, Design and Management of 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. Her interests are the applications of technology in improving lifelong learning and also to raise the economic and social conditions of people (especially women and children) in the developing world.
Oreoluwa’s work has also been showcased in the broadcast and print media, including EbonyLife TV, Channels TV, NTA 2 Channel 5, NTA Channel 10, LTV, Guardian, The Nation, Punch, Business Day, Champion, Daily Independent.
She is a Vital Voices Lead Fellow (awarded to emerging and established women leaders across the world), Ashoka fellow (a network of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs) and a recipient of the Anita Borg Change Agent Award (for her commitment to supporting women in computing in Nigeria). She has been recognized with the following awards: SME100’s 100 Most Innovative Female-Owned Businesses in Nigeria for 2017, one of YNaija!’s Top 100 Young People in Technology of 2016 and 2014, one of New African Woman Magazine’s Top African Women in Technology in 2014 and with a 2014 ‘Chosen Youth’ Leadership Award from LaRoche Foundation.
Ibikunle Williams is a technology entrepreneur.
He has worked with Etisalat Nigeria and DHL Nigeria/West Africa as the IT Infrastructure manager and Financial Systems Consultant respectively. Before this, he was employed with Guinness Nigeria as an Information Systems Development Manager. He has also worked as an Oracle Database Administrator with Tara Systems and as an Audit Senior in Deloitte /Touche Ross in the UK
Mr. Williams is an Oracle Certified professional a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, a Sun Certified Java Programmer and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. He also has a Bachelors degree in Information Management with Accountancy from the University of Essex, UK and is a UK chartered management accountant.
Dr. Abi Jagun
She is a researcher with academic and commercial experience in the field of ICT for development (ICT4D). Abi gained her PhD in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde Business School in 2006 following research into the impact telecommunications has on economic organisation in the informal sector of African economies.
Since obtaining her PhD Abi has worked in the Public, Education and Non-Governmental sectors. Specifically, she was a Special Assistant (Post and Telecommunication) to Nigeria’s Minister for Communication Technology and was a part-time lecturer (ICT, Society and the Network Knowledge Economy) at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She was also a Research Fellow in the Management Science Department at the University of Strathclyde Business School; and worked as the Africa Policy officer with the Association for Progressive Communications. She also worked as a part-time lecturer (Information Systems and Development) in the Institute for Development Policy Management at the University of Manchester. Her commercially experience includes 4 years of consultancy work with Accenture’s Nigeria office.
Abi is currently a Program Officer with the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Shirin Madon
She is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
Dr Madon has been researching the impact of ICTs on planning and administration in India for the last 15 years. She is currently studying the development impact of a selection of e-governance projects in India. These projects relate to ICT usage for improving the administration and planning of rural development programmes: e-services applications; telecentre projects; and health information systems.
Dr. Madon has authored and edited many books and articles, most notably 2003’s The Digital Challenge: Information Technology in the Development Context, (Ashgate Publishing Limited, Hampshire (co-editor with S. Krishna) ), 1994’s Designing Information Systems for Development Planning, (Alfred Waller, Oxon) and 1993’sInformation Technology Policies and Applications in the Commonwealth Developing Countries, (edited by G. Harindranath & Jonathan Liebenau, Commonwealth Secretariat, London (with M. Odedra) ).
Dr. Madon received her PhD from Imperial College, U.K. for her research on ‘The Impact of Computer-based Information Systems on Rural Development.‘ She has a Masters degree in Information Technology from Kingston University, U.K from which she also graduated with a First Class Bachelors degree Economics.
Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe
She is a broadcast journalist and current host of the television show Seriously Speaking, which airs on Channels TV and across Africa and globally on DSTV and online. She is a past host of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) television shows, Today’s Woman with Adesuwa and One-on-One, where she interviews prominent Nigerians. Mrs. Onyenokwe is also the publisher of the magazine, Totally Whole (TW).
Mrs. Onyenokwe started her broadcasting career during her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year at NTA Sokoto, where she presented a children’s programme. Following her service year, she moved to Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS), then Bendel Broadcasting Service, where she worked as a newscaster. This was followed by a transfer to NTA Lagos, where she worked as a reporter covering the social services, environment and health beats. She presented the NTA Sunday magazine show, Newsline, after which she retired from the NTA.
Mrs. Onyenokwe is the recipient of a 2002 Lead Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and the 1994 Nigerian Media Merit Award for Reporter of the Year. She is an ardent supporter of women and women’s issues and uses her show and magazines as platforms to inform, promote and advance causes of relevance to women.
Mrs. Onyenokwe has a Bachelors degree in Drama from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and a Masters degree in Language Arts from the University of Ibadan.
He is a social entrepreneur and information society researcher. He is currently Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, where he promotes and supports youth-led social entrepreneurship. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Ethiopia), Res Publica (USA), International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland) and Computer Aid International (UK).
Mr. Sesan was the Vice Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s African Technical Advisory Committee; pioneer Program Manager of the Lagos Digital Village (a Lagos State/Microsoft/Junior Achievement of Nigeria project). He was appointed as the youngest member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors in 2006. Mr. Sesan was Nigeria’s first Information Technology Youth Ambassador.
Mr. Sesan has a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as well as a Masters degree in ICT Policy and Management from the University of Lagos.