Lilian Ajayi Ore has over 13 years professional experience is in Digital Marketing, Web Analytics, Consumer Insights and Search Engine Optimization Executive. By all measures, she is a professionally accomplished lady, but that is not the reason she makes it to our Women in Tech section today.
Lilian Ajayi has stood out as a staunch philanthropist. So much so that she has been recognized with various awards including the Goodwill of the State of Arkansas. Ajayi has also been invited to address the President and other delegates to the UN of the General Assembly on Climate Change. She was awarded the Special U.S. Congressional Award for her Outstanding Community Service by Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
Previously, she worked at the UN Headquarters in New York as a representative of the Nigeria Mission to the United Nations. In April this year, she was invited as a guest speaker to the World Bank and IMF Annual Spring Meetings, where she created and presented on human rights and citizenship with a focus on its impact on women and girls.
She is also the founder of The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), a non-profit fighting for women and girls rights and creating opportunities for them in the community. GC4W is serving a community base of about 3.5 million people from across the world; whom it tries to change their lives in one way or the other. For instance, GC4W co-sponsored some 30 high school girls from Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa to a one week trip to the STEM-IT Forward Expo held in Johannesburg, South Africa through Taungana.
Taungana aims at giving high school girls from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds to access education and career with a strong bias towards the STEM fields. In an attempt to address the shortage of professional with STEM skills in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2014 UNESCO report shows there is a deficit of about 2.5 million engineers and technicians across sub-Saharan Africa to enable the continent to get enough clean water and sanitation in a self-sustainable manner.
Such achievements achieved by Ajayi and team in the GC4W, have led the organization to be recognized and awarded 2015 Best of Manhattan Charity Award. For their exemplary efforts to change the lives of the communities both locally and across the borders.
Originally from Africa, Ajayi resides in Manhattan, New York. She is also a professor at NYU School of Professional Studies. She is also a Global Contributor for The Huffington Post.