Wecyclers - CEO
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wecyclers, a social enterprise working to provide households in low-income communities with value from their waste. Founded in 2012, Wecyclers, in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), utilizes low-cost cargo bicycles called “wecycles” to provide convenient recycling services to households in Lagos, Nigeria using an SMS-based incentives system. Wecyclers has registered over 5,000 households to its service and has diverted over 400 tons of recyclable waste from landfills and into productive reuse.
Wecyclers is the recipient of multiple awards, including, a Sustainia Award, Tech Award and the Yunus Challenge Prize at the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Competition. Wecyclers has been highlighted in The Economist, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Punch, BBC, Marie Claire Magazine, New African Woman, The Africa Report and The Independent among others.
Bilikiss is a graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Bilikiss worked for 5 years as a Software Engineer at IBM where she worked to develop social networking software for large organizations.
While at MIT, Bilikiss was a Legatum Fellow at MIT’s Legatum center for Development and Entrepreneurship and was a vice president of the MIT Sloan Africa Business Club. Bilikiss is a Carroll Wilson Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and is a 2013 recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.