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Achenyo Idachaba

2017 Fellow

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Ms. Achenyo Idachaba is a computer scientist-turned-social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Creative Director of MitiMeth, an award-winning social enterprise based in Nigeria. MitiMeth’s unique handmade products have featured in several domestic and international exhibitions. Achenyo 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 the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate for Sub-Saharan Africa, and a 2013 YouWIN!Women Awardee. MitiMeth also received the 2013 Local Raw Materials Content Award from the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) for its innovative use of water hyacinth. Achenyo has spoken at TED as well as Harvard University. She has been featured on 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 published in the Nigerian Field Journal. Prior to founding MitiMeth and Greennovative Chain Consulting, Achenyo spent 11 years with ExxonMobil in Fairfax, Virginia 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 a M.B.A from Cornell University.