Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro is a Computer Scientist turned Social Entrepreneur. She is the Founder of MitiMeth, an award-winning Social Enterprise in Nigeria. MitiMeth trains and engages riverine communities and local artisans to produce and earn livelihoods from unique handcrafted home décor and personal accessories utilizing invasive aquatic weeds (an environmental menace), agro-waste and non-timber resources. MitiMeth’s unique handmade products have featured in domestic and international exhibitions. Most recently, MitiMeth was selected to participate in the Sustainable Innovation Expo at the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly. In 2017, MitiMeth received the ACE Award from Bellafricana for the Best Eco-Friendly Product Innovation and in 2013, MitiMeth received the Local Raw Materials Content Award from the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) for its innovative use of Water Hyacinth. Achenyo was named among YNaija and LLA’s 2017 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria and she is a 2017 Vital Voices VV Lead Fellow. She was nominated the 2015 Emerging Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN) and is a 2015 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) Awardee. She is also the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa and a 2013 YouWIN!Women Awardee. Achenyo has spoken at the Weltethos-Institut, TED and at Harvard University. She has also been featured on BBC, Deutsche Welle TV, CNBC Africa, CNN’s African Start-Up, The Nation and BusinessDay Newspapers, Inc, BusinessLife Magazine and on BusinessAfrica TV. Her work has also been featured in several publications including a 2018 UNEP publication. Prior to founding MitiMeth, Achenyo spent 11 years with ExxonMobil in the U.S. where she held a variety of Regional and Global positions. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, an M.S. in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University and an M.B.A from Cornell University.
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