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Olamide Ayeni

Founder, Pearl Recycling

Olamide holds a postgraduate certificate in circular economy and waste management from Dresden University of Technology Germany (Technische Universität Dresden) and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech Hons) in Computer Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.

With several certifications in the information technology industry including but not limited to Cisco, and ISACA (CISA), she has more than 8 years’ experience working in the IT industry and leading channel sales across West Africa.


In 2016, she founded Pearl Recycling, a social enterprise creatively solving the problem of waste in Nigeria, same year she was selected as a Tony Elumelu entrepreneur and also won the WIMBIZ impact competition award.


In 2017, she was named as a TechWomen emerging leader by the United States Department of States which gave her the opportunity to intern with Symantec at Silicon Valley, USA.

She was selected as an entrepreneur of repute to attend World Entrepreneur Investment Forum at Bahrain in 2017, the same year she was selected as a LEAP Africa social innovator and won the award of the most outstanding social innovator in 2018.


Olamide was named by the Obama Foundation as an Obama African Leader in 2018 and selected for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019.


Her organization, Pearl Recycling has been featured in over thirty countries; with interviews aired in several media outlets including Yahoo News, LinkedIn, Washington Post, Reuters, Financial Times, Aljazeera and many others.

Olamide Ayeni