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Yewande Akinola #ALD16 @findingada

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We’re celebrating Yewande Akinola, “a chartered engineer, an innovator, a dreamer and speaker with tons of passion for the role of innovation, creativity and engineering in our world today.”

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From yewandeakinola.co.uk

Over the years, my interests in development and developing countries has inspired and encouraged some truly fulfilling experiences. A recent one was in Mozambique with some good friends, working with WaterAid, to find solutions to sanitation issues in poor areas.  The thrills from the last couple of years have also been from including TV work in my engineering career, presenting TV programmes for Channel 4, Discovery Channel and National Geographic….. and once, did an TV campaign advert for clothes shopping, it had a brilliant engineering theme.”

“At talks that I give in schools, I almost always get the question on what it is like to work in a predominantly male environment. It has its fun and not so fun days. …. Just because there is still tons and tons of need/opportunity for the type of creativity women have. Things are changing but we really could do with a bit of an accelerated process. I have recently been designing high rise buildings in China, and it has been great to also see the amazing capabilities of my female colleagues- designing the skyline of China’s growing cities. In the U.K., I am constantly blown away by the work of some of my friends…female aircraft engineers, chemical engineers. They are all so modest about their achievements.”

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