Yetunde Dada is a social innovator based in Pretoria, South Africa. She studied mechanical engineering and completed an postgraduate honours degree in Technology Management at the University of Pretoria. Her professional experience has been as an engineer at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), project consultant at Engineers Without Borders South Africa, associate at the Awethu Project coaching 45 entrepreneurs and as a Data Product Manager at Barclays Africa Group Limited. She wants to use data to affect the lives of small and micro entrepreneurs.
She runs CRNCH, a social project which teaches human-centered design skills to young people. The CRNCH team are currently working on four projects, Give Girls a Chance, an educational non-profit impacting girls in Abuja; Resurface, a project aimed at improving the lives of waste recyclers; Floward, a reusable hemp pad company; and, ROUND ROUND, a virtual reality film that addresses gender equality and fluidity. She sits on the Business Advisory Board at Enactus University of Pretoria and is a director at Girls in Science & Tech (GIST), a non-profit organisation that encourages girls to pick up STEM careers through mentoring. She has been a finalist at the Falling Walls Lab Johannesburg and UNESCO’s Engineer Your Earth Challenge and attended The DO School in Berlin, one of the world’s best start-up incubators. She sits on the board of Brightest Young Minds after her attendance in 2014 as a delegate and 2015 as an honoured alumni and manages Communications at BYM.