ABOUT Yewande (pronounced Yeah-wan-day) is an engineer, an innovator, a dreamer and speaker with tons of passion for the role of innovation, creativity and engineering in our world today. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University. Yewande’s engineering experience and responsibilities include the design and management of sustainable water supply systems in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the U.K., Africa, the Middle East and in East Asia.
Over the years, Yewande has demonstrated her passion for innovation within the engineering industry by taking on the challenge of steering award winning ideas from concept right through registration to manufacture. Her interests in developing countries and emerging markets have inspired her work with charities and non-government organisations towards the development of clean water and sanitation solutions for the world’s underdeveloped regions. She combines her Engineering career with media work and has presented engineering programmes for TV- Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and National Geographic in addition to contributing roles in Radio. Yewande has been awarded the U.K. Society of Public Health Engineers’ Young Engineer of the Year.
She won the 2012/2013 the U.K. Young Woman Engineer of the Year (Institute of Engineering & Technology) and has been honoured with the Exceptional Achiever Award by the Association for Black Engineers (AFBE-UK) and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, U.K. (ACE). She was named one of the UK’s top 35 women under the age of 35 by Management Today in 2013. She is enthusiastic about sharing her life and engineering experiences with young audiences and dedicates a proportion of her time to speaking in schools. She participates in global forums on world challenges and global education, contributing to panel discussions on the next steps for developing and implementing solutions for our world’s grand challenges. In her spare time, she enjoys building models, settling into a good book, writing, spending time with family and friends and exploring new places.
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Congratulations to Yewande Akinola – winner of Nigeria Arise 2014 Innovation in Engineering Design (30th August 2014)
Well done Yewande! You are such an inspiration!