Accion Microfinance Bank

2021 Financial Inclusion Registration Form

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the upcoming Accion Microfinance Bank Annual Financial Inclusion Seminar 2021.

Over the years, Accion MfB has brought together hundreds of key players in the ecosystem, including but not limited to policy makers, fintechs and international development professionals to discuss latest trends and solutions that are driving the financial inclusion space in Nigeria and globally.

This year's Financial Inclusion event is scheduled to take place on December 8th 2021.

Theme: "The Future of Microfinance Banking: Any Existential Threat?"
Venue: Virtual
Date: Wednesday December 8th 2021
Time: 10am WAT

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Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe - Founder, LAPO

Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe is a Nigerian entrepreneur, microfinance practitioner, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder of LAPO, a non-profit pro-poor financial institution headquartered in Benin, Edo. As a foremost microfinance practitioner; he has applied the concept of social enterprise to successfully build thriving enterprises which addresses the needs of persons and businesses at the bottom end of the society.

Dr. Ehigiamusoe business interests spans across microfinance, micro-insurance, agriculture, micro-leasing, healthcare and education.

He began his involvement in microfinance as a rural cooperative officer before he founded LAPO (Lift Above Poverty Organization) a successful pro-poor development organization with operations in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The organization has evolved into a vast collection of mutually reinforcing institutions/businesses providing social and economic empowerment services to millions of Nigerians and Sierra Leoneans.

His charitable foundation focuses on the upliftment of people and contribution in helping people transform. He is a passionate advocate for better life for all and a source of inspiration for a large number of young people who aspire to impact on their generation. He has also participated in various initiatives which further the development of the micro, small and medium enterprises in Africa.

As an author of three books (including a tell-all autobiography on his Lapo journey) and recipient of several awards and honors, Dr. Ehigiamusoe has been featured in several media outlets for his ground-breaking work such as The Guardian, This Day Live, The National Online NG, Vanguard News, The Nation Newspaper, Naira Metrics, and others.

Bunmi Lawson (MBA, FCA, MCIB, FICA, FICM, FIAPM) - Managing Director/CEO EDFIN Microfinance Bank Limited Lagos, Nigeria.

Ms. Bunmi Lawson is the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of EDFIN Microfinance Bank Limited. EDFIN prides itself as the first specialized Education Microfinance Bank with unique and well researched products and services tailored to cater for the needs of its customers and the Education Ecosystem. EDFIN Microfinance Bank under the eminent leadership of Bunmi Lawson officially commenced operations in April 2019 with its registered office at Surulere Lagos state and has projections to grow into a Nationally Microfinance Bank as well as the globally recognized bank of choice for education financial solutions in Africa. Its shareholders are Gray Matters Capital, an investment company based in the USA.

Ms. Lawson holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the IESE Business School, University of Navarra and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
She is also a Fellow of the following Institutes; Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria, Institute of Credit & Collections Management of Nigeria and Association of Investment Advisers & Portfolio Managers of Nigeria. She is also a Board of the following; Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), Trium Venture Capital Limited and an Independent Director CRC Credit Bureau Limited; She is an Advisory Board Member of Bridge International Academies, Nigeria;

Agnes Olatokunbo Martins (MRS) (FCIB, FCCA, FCA, FCS, FRM, CISA, CISM, CRISC)

Agnes is an astute, dynamic and energetic financial industry expert with vast experience spanning over 35 years in financial regulation, banking supervision, risk management, accounting, auditing, forensic analysis and information systems auditing.

She retired from the Central Bank of Nigeria in October 2019 as a Director after an unblemished banking career.

She joined the CBN in October 1990 after spending 6 years in the Federal Government Staff Housing Board. Her first posting was to the Internal Audit Department where she spent 19 years and rose through the ranks from an Assistant Manager until she became a Deputy Director. During her career as an Auditor, she was responsible for many painstaking investigations and was an Information Systems Audit guru amongst others.

She became the first female Director of Banking Supervision in April 2012. During her leadership, the industry witnessed tremendous progress toward best practice risk management and corporate governance as she oversaw the seamless introduction of the BASEL II/III Capital Accord and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Relative stability and growth was achieved during her tenure as she oversaw the banking reforms that took effect in 2012 which resulted in well-capitalized Nigerian banks that competed favourably international financial markets.

In January 2017, she was deployed to the Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department. Her period as Director, OFISD was at an auspicious time when the country was exiting recession and there was a renewed focus on economic recovery and growth through the MSME industry players. She was, therefore tasked with implementing a priority sector of Nigeria's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan i.e. driving industrialization focusing on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. She brought her wealth of experience to bear on the subsectors she superintended over i.e. licensed financial institutions that intermediate in the middle and lower tiers of the economy i.e. microfinance banks, primary mortgage banks, finance companies, bureau de change, development banks and other specialized institutions. Enviable progress was achieved during her tenure with measurable impact on the economically active entrepreneurs.

Ade Ashaye - Executive Vice President, Women's World Banking (WWB)

Ade Ashaye is the Executive Vice President of the Network at Women's World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity.

Ade joined the organization in 2018 and leads Women's World Banking's efforts to grow and broaden the Network of financial service providers - incorporating Retails banks, Micro Finance Institutions, Fintechs, Mobile Network Operators and Insurance providers - committed to achieving women's financial inclusion.

Ade was most recently a Country Manager for Visa West Africa, where he was responsible for managing Visa's relationships with key industry stakeholders (including banks, governments, etc.) in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Liberia. He was responsible for the launch of the first Visa credit cards in Nigeria, and their stellar growth rate in the country following his strategic restructuring of Visa's business model. He also previously served as a member of Womenâ??s World Banking Africa Advisory Council.

Ade received his engineering degree from the University of Surrey, England.

Vera, U. Ogbo-Ikwue - Director, Special Institutions Insured Department, NDIC

Mrs. Vera Ogbo-Ikwue is a seasoned examiner with 32 years of experience under her belt. She has handled various responsibilities in the Corporation, including:

  • Director, Special Insured Institutions Department
  • Zonal Controller, Enugu Zonal Office.
  • Deputy Director/Team Lead in Bank Examination Dept.
  • Heading several units in Finance Department (e-Payment office, Zonal Accounts, Corporate Budgets Units).
  • Pioneer Examiner in the then FED - IT Examination Team and Team Lead in numerous bank examination.
  • Closing Manager in several Bank Closures of DMBs & MFBs
  • Membership of interagency committees - EFASS implementation, Basel implementation, FSSC/Macro prudential Policy implementation committees, amongst others.

She holds an Honors Degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and an MSc. Forensic Accounting and Investigation from St. Monica University (The American International).

An Alumnus of the Said Business School, Oxford University UK (Executive Education), Mrs. Ogbo-Ikwue is also a Fellow, Association of Enterprise Risk Management Practitioners (AERMP); Senior Associate, Risk Management Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and HCIB, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Jean-Louis Perrier - Program Director, Africa Cybersecurity Resource Centre for Financial Inclusion (ACRC)

Jean-Louis Perrier holds a MSc in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and a MBA from HEC Paris. He has a large experience of ICT, Security, Fraud, and Risk, as well as of the financial sector and digital financial services and FinTech.

Building on the lessons learned as cofounder of Suricate Solutions, a company dedicated to Cyber Security in Africa that launched in Senegal in 2017 the first Mutualized Cyber Security Operation Centre for Inclusive Finance in West Africa, Jean-Louis is now the program Director of the Africa Cybersecurity Resource Centre for financial inclusion (ACRC).

ACRC is a unique not for profit public private partnership consortium dedicated to improving the cyber resilience of about 3.000 financial institutions in Africa (banks, microfinance institutions, Fintechs, Digital Financial Services Providers and central banks) and protect their 250 M customers against cyber threats. The objectives are to foster financial inclusion, secure the development of Digital Financial Services and enable building interoperable payment systems. ACRC's key focusses are Threat Information and Best Practices sharing, Capacity Building, Research, Development and Innovation, Strategic and Regulatory Advisory for central banks, Cybersecurity Incident response, Security Supervision, Gender Gap bridging. ACRC is funded by the African Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (ADFI), a trust fund managed by the African Development Bank.

The ACRC organized the first "African Finance Cybersecurity Conference" on October 21st and 22nd in Kigali (Rwanda) as well as on-line, with two tracks, 1) Information and Best Practices sharing and 2) Research and Education. It gathered international stakeholders like the International Monetary Fund, Interpol, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, the GSM Association (GSMA), the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), the CyberPeace Institute, African financial institutions, fintech and MNOs, 6 central banks from 13 African countries, 11 universities in Africa, Europe and USA.

Yvonne Johnson - Co-founder/CEO of Indicina

Yvonne Johnson is the Co-founder/CEO of Indicina - a FinTech infrastructure start-up focused on Africa.

Yvonne Johnson is a strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to influence change by leveraging innovative solutions. She comes with over a decade of leadership experience supporting executive management on strategy within Financial Services. Most recently, Yvonne led the Strategy team of a Tier 1 Nigerian banking group. She received her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management where she graduated on the Kellogg Dean's List and was a recipient of the Donald P. Jacobs International Scholarship.

At the Bank, Yvonne led the Strategy function for the Commercial Banking Group including its local and international subsidiaries. Notably, she led the efforts in defining a Digital Finance strategy for the Bank including the launch of its first ever innovation hub.

An Honors graduate of the University of Toronto, her previous work experience includes Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, Diamond Management & Technology Consultants as well as Community Lab in New York, where as Director of Process & Execution strategy, she worked directly with the CEO of this non-profit organization to define their overall implementation strategies and negotiate partnerships with local development agencies.

Yvonne is also an early stage investor/adviser in Pan-African technology start-ups, notably Andela and Flutterwave.

Deji Oguntonade - Payments Expert, Financial Inclusion

Deji joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in November 2020 as the Director, Digital Payments (Nigeria) with a focus on deepening Financial Inclusion via G2P, B2P and P2P initiatives by collaborating with all stakeholders in the Digital Financial Services sector.

Up until October 2020, Deji was the Divisional Head for FinTech & Innovation in GTBank, before that, he was the Group Head, Electronic Payments; managing E Commerce initiatives, Internet Banking, POS Deployment, Mobile Money and Mobile Banking and the fastest growing USSD based payment system - Bank737

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (1989) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos and an MBA in Information Technology from Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). He has attended various management and technical courses in Nigeria, Switzerland, India, UK, USA, Singapore and South Africa.

Deji started his Banking career in 1991 with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, and subsequently also worked in for Equitorial Trust Bank and First Inland Bank Plc before returning to GTBank in 2011. His Banking experience has spanned Operations, Financial Control, Marketing, Technology Management, E-Business, Fintech & Innovation.

Deji's major area of interest is developing payment solutions as a competitive and developmental tool within communities. Since 2001, Deji has pioneered several cutting-edge and award-winning solutions that are in wide application nationwide. Worthy of mentioning are products like: FlashMeCash (2002) and Bank 737 (2014).

Dr. Paul Oluikpe - Deputy Director and Associate Head of the Financial Inclusion Delivery Unit (FIDU), CBN

Dr. Paul Oluikpe is a Deputy Director and Associate Head of the Financial Inclusion Delivery Unit (FIDU) at the Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He previously worked in the Strategy Management Department and then the Trade and Exchange Department of the Bank as Head of Policy Formulation and Implementation before moving to the Secretariat. He holds a distinction in Strategy and Innovation from the Said Business School, Oxford University, a PhD in Engineering and an MSc from the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, UK.

His role at FIDU involves leading change management, coordinating the stakeholder space in Nigeria, driving the implementation of the financial inclusion strategy, monitoring performance and communicating outcomes. Paul has worked as an academic with Abia State Polytechnic, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. He was honoured in 2015 with the Emerald Citation for Excellence Awards for his seminal research paper "Developing a Corporate Knowledge Management Strategy", and also recognized by the British Council in 2017 for contributions to Professional Development during the Education UK Alumni Awards.
His work experience in the non-profit development sector particularly with the World Bank, the British Council, Water Aid and the National Autistic Society, UK shaped his philosophical outlook in terms of developmental priorities for Nigeria especially around financial inclusion, poverty and inequality. He brings this wealth of experience to the immediate role of advancing financial inclusion to the Nigerian citizen using the levers of policy, regulation and on the ground implementation

Wole, Famurewa

Wole is an anchor and producer at CNBC Africa. He is the presenter of CNBC Africa's daily markets review show Closing Bell Exchange West Africa (airs weekdays on CNBC Africa). He was also a Fellow responsible for Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Nigeria's leading think-tank focused on advocacy and intervention for a more open and competitive business environment.

Wole studied at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he earned a bachelor's degree in Finance. This cultivated his keen interest in economics and financial markets. Between 1999 and 2010, he pursued a career in investment management and research. Over this period, Wole worked at FSDH Securities, Lead Capital, Afrinvest and PHB Asset Management and was the head of investment research at all these organisations. He also had a brief stint as head of investor relations at the former Bank PHB. He joined CNBC Africa in June 2010 and, until August 2017, he was the Markets Editor for West Africa, managing the editorial team and responsible for news/content from the region. He is also the presenter of Mind your Business, a radio show focused on entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

Wole has conducted over a thousand interviews, including high profile business and political leaders such as Jacob Zuma (Former South Africa President), Goodluck E. Jonathan (former Nigeria President), Yemi Osinbajo (Nigeria Vice President) Ali Bongo Odinmba (Gabon President), Jeff Immelt (Former CEO, General Electric), Aliko Dangote (President of the Dangote Group), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria), Akinwumi Adesina (President of the Africa Development Bank), Benedict Oramah (President of Afreximbank).

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