Didi Akinyelure is an Award-Winning Journalist. In 2016, she won the prestigious BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. In December 2018, she received the University of Nottingham’s Special Excellence Alumni Laureate Award.
She is an accomplished multimedia journalist, with extensive experience working in television, radio, text and digital for the BBC, CNBC Europe, CNBC Africa and Reuters News Agency. Didi presented the CNBC International television series IOT: Powering the Digital Economy, and Living on the Edge on the BBC World Service, a radio series focused on the impact of climate change on communities around the world.
In April 2018, her freelance report for the BBC, on Female Entrepreneurship in Nigeria, was recognized in the World Bank Women Entrepreneurs Reporting category at the One World Media Awards, held at BAFTA London. Didi has built an impressive career as a moderator and speaker, hosting and moderating panel discussions at the GECF 2nd International Gas Seminar, the Africa Oil Week, the Africa CEO forum, the Future Energy conference, and London Business School, among other leading international summits.
In May 2019, she chaired a high level conversation on technology for sustainable development at the United Nations in Geneva (among other events). Panelists at the UN included Dame Wendy Hall, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Carlo Rubbia and Prof. Jurgen Schmidhuber. The year before, Didi chaired a United Nations high level conversation with Sir Roger Penrose and Nobel Laureate, Jacques Dubochet.
Didi is the Founder of REAP, a media production, reputational management and communications strategy firm. She has also interviewed world leaders, policy makers and captains of industry all over the world.