Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi (SOI) 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.
Through these programmes, the girls and women 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. Oreoluwa has also designed and overseen programmes that support women in their use of technology for entrepreneurship, career development, learning and leadership activities.
More recently, Oreoluwa has been exploring how technology can improve learning outcomes and better integrate students with developmental disabilities and special needs, such as Autism and Down’s syndrome.
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).
Oreoluwa’s work has also been showcased in the broadcast and print media, including Channels TV Tech Trends, EmagineTV, Seriously Speaking on DSTV, EbonyLife TV, Africa on the Rise, NTA 2 Channel 5, NTA Channel 10, LTV, Guardian, The Nation, Punch, Business Day, Champion, Daily Independent and a documentary called Wiki Loves Women aired on German TV.