2021 School of Management Entrepreneur Alumna of the Year Award and Lecture.

We are delighted to invite all alumni and students to join us in the online celebrations for the 2021 Entrepreneur Alumna of the Year Award.

This event will be recognising The Entrepreneur Alumna of the Year award winner, Lolade Oresanwo (MBA 2011), Co-founder of WestAfricaENRG. As well as accepting this award Lolade will be delivering a lecture as part of this event, topic to be confirmed. 

Please do book onto this event to secure you place and to receive the Zoom link one day prior to the event date.

Find out more about the 2021 School of Management Awards, here.

The 2021 SOM alumni award winners are:

The Distinguished Alumnus Award - Sanjay Kapoor (MBA 1997), Business Leader & Entrepreneur.
The Entrepreneur Alumna of the Year Award - Lolade Oresanwo (MBA 2011), Co-founder of WestAfricaENRG.
Excellence in Achievement Award for Recent Graduates - Dr Charmaine Griffiths (EMBA 2012), Chief Executive, The British Heart Foundation.
Alumni Service Award - Hui Zhu (MBA 2012), Co-founder, Bridge 2088 UG.

If you are having any issues accessing your alumni account or booking onto the event please email alumni@cranfield.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

Programme & speakers


 Event Programme 




Award Presentation


Entrepreneur Award winner lecture - Lolade Oresanwo (MBA 2011), Co-founder of WestAfricaENRG. 




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Entrepreneurship in developing economies - the WestafricaENRG story

In this session you will learn:

  • Who is WestAfricaENRG and what we do
  • Understanding the dynamism of the developing Economies business environment  
  • The business plan then 
  • The evolved plan now- driving sustainable growth through social inclusion programs, use of technology and female empowerment 
  • People, planet, profit - what is the best order for your business 
  • The future post 2020

Lolade Oresanwo (MBA 2011), Co-founder of WestAfricaENRG.

Lolade Oresanwo started her career in commercial banking, providing financing and business development advice to SMEs and large corporates in the oil, gas and retail sectors in Nigeria - building credibility with clients on mergers and acquisition transactions/negotiations, Business Development and Renewable Energy Sales.

She is currently the business face and co-founder of WestAfricaENRG - a renewable energy company focused on ensuring ‘Zero Waste’ to landfill in the communities they work in. For over 8 years, treating waste in a sustainable manner, creating long-term jobs, empowering women and eradicating poverty through sustainable waste management and renewable energy has been Lolade and the company’s focus. WestAfricaENRG now operates the first materials recovery facility in Nigeria, deploying technology to recycle waste into reusable materials for electricity production and composting by driving every stage of the waste management value chain providing employment for over 3000 people.

A recent recipient of the Outstanding Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs’ award, and with WestAfricaENRG recognised by the UK Prime Minister at the 2020 UK Africa Investment Summit as being a company to look out for; Lolade is very focused on developing people and empowering women in all categories of life.

Lolade also works with South West Nigeria state governments in preparing solid waste infrastructure master plans for their states. She was a member of the Lagos state 2019 transition committee, sitting on the Health and Environment sub-committee that designed the Health and Environment infrastructure plan for Lagos state, Nigeria.

Location & travel details

Online via Zoom. 

Please do book onto this event to secure you place and to receive the Zoom link one day prior to the event date.

Who should attend

All alumni and students. 

Cost & concessions

This event is free to attend.