Ashimedua Okwonko (also known as Meddy) is the chairperson of AkiDwA. She is an international advocate, adviser, trainer and researcher on Human Rights and Civil Society issues pertaining to Refugees, Women’s Human Rights, Gender Based Violence, and Harmful Traditional Practices. Ashimedua is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Law Society of Ireland. She is highly experienced in various areas of Immigration law of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. She is also highly experienced in the areas of family law, Employment Law and Residential Landlord and Tenant. She has worked on a pro bono basis for clients on Immigration Appeals Tribunals, Employment Tribunals and Labour Courts in Ireland. In 2012 Ashimedua established her own law firm in Dublin
She serves on the board of the national women council of Ireland and the board of Louth and Meath education and training board. She has an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from London Guildhall University Moorgate, United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) from the same University. She has a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from Trinity College Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Assessment from Dublin Institute of Technology. Ashimedua has recently completed her doctorate research at Trinity College, Dublin, School of Law, her research was on “The Inequality in Law”. .