Oreoluwa Lesi is a Nigerian entrepreneur and UK-trained economist and IT expert. She is the founder and executive director of Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a non-profit organization that empowers women and girls socially and economically through education in Information technology W.TEC was established in the year 2008. Lesi’s early years were spent in Nigeria. With an electrical engineer father, she fell in love with technology from childhood which led to her developing a software application that was used to run her parent’s bookshop.
She is a fellow of Ashoka and a recipient of ABIE Award Winners, Change Agent. She is married to Gboyega Lesi and resides in Lagos.
After her years in high school at Queen’s College, Lagos, she studied diploma course in computer programming. She proceeded to the United Kingdom where she studied economics and graduated with bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Essex She also obtained, master’s degree in analysis, design and management information from London School of Economics and Political Science. Through her NGO, she has touched the lives of 12000 girls in Nigeria. She studied Applied Sciences at Harvard University Extension School.
In the UK, she worked with Lonadek Oil and Gas Consultancy where she managed CSR Initiative-2020. She also worked with EDC in the United State on a research project. She returned to Nigeria in the year 2005 She established W.TEC in the year 2008. She was honored as a fellow of Ashoka in 2013. In 2009, She bagged ABIE Award Winners, Change Agent.