Yewande Akinola – Engineering Designer, Innovator. Speaker & Presenter.
Yewande Akinola brings a unique and thought-provoking perspective to conversations and forums on Engineering, Technology, Social Impact, Sustainability, Innovation as well as Diversity and Inclusion. She is able to weave her experience from working on a wide range of global infrastructure and building projects into lively and engaging sessions with varied audiences.
Yewande Akinola draws on a problem- solving mind set to bring meaningful contributions to relevant subjects. Yewande adopts a conversational method in the communication of big ideas and engages her audience with powerful stories.
She has presented TV programmes and hosted events and conferences with groups ranging from creatives, media celebrities, engineers to politicians.
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Yewande is a chartered engineer, innovator and speaker. Her engineering experience includes the design and construction, innovation and manufacture of buildings and systems in the built environment.
She has worked on projects in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia and has been named the UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year. She has also been named a 35 under 35 by Management Today and was awarded the Exceptional Achiever Award from the Association for BAME Engineers and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, U.K. (ACE).
She has been named one of the top 100 women in Engineering by Financial Times and Inclusive boards.
She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster and is passionate about education and industry experience. She runs and supports varied programmes for young people and sits on the governing body at a UK University.
She sits on the board of Trustees at the Institution of Engineering & Technology and is a Fellow of the IET. She is passionate about STEM communication and has presented Engineering programmes for Television.
In the 2020 New Year Honours list, Yewande was awarded an MBE for services to engineering innovation and diversity in STEM.
She was recently awarded the exceptional award of Honorary Fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
She has recently been appointed the UK Innovation agency (Innovate UK) Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure and in addition has carried out significant ambassadorial work supporting Young People in Innovation and Women in Innovation Programmes.
Conference Host, Event host, Panel Host, After Dinner, Awards Host, Sustainability, Engineering, Innovation, Female Speakers, Motivational, Engineering, Diversity & Inclusion, Global Development, Clean Energy, Sustainable Development, Technology
‘It was fabulous having you at the CIBSE BPAs this year. Huge thanks for the enthusiasm and inspiration. Yes, engineers can shape a better world’
– Organisers of the Charterd Institute for Building Services Engineering Building Performance Awards
‘Your contributions throughout the day as compere were excellent. Hearing your perspective on the opportunities and challenges for the UK and Africa partnership was crucial to the success of the Forum’
– Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP; Former Secretary of State
‘We really appreciate you giving your time and energy to host our event. You ensured our transitions between panels and speakers was seamless. Feedback from delegates shows that they found the day both inspiring and thought-provoking.’
– Women in Leadership Conference; Inclusive board
‘It was so lovely to meet you last week. You brought such a beautiful energy and contribution to the day; we were thrilled to get you even for the time you were with us.’
– Conference Organiser
‘Yewande- the pleasure was ours! We are still talking about your session in our conversations. In particular about the forthcoming addition of sustainability in our Mission Statement. Thanks for inspiring us.’
– CEO of UK Agency & Government Department
‘I just wanted to thank you once again for helping to make our conference a truly memorable event. The feedback from delegates was so positive – especially on your deep knowledge of the issues and evident passion for the subject matter, and on your skillful interview with Ruby Wax. A personal highlight for me was the way you kept it all moving along and reiterating those all-important connections between the
key ideas. I also loved the way you kept bringing it all back to the agents of change theme.’
– Director of Communication & Insight Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management.