By Jeremiah Agada
At the very vanguard of brands that have been in the business of empowering women is Access Bank Nigeria PLC, a full service commercial Bank operating through a network of over 382 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa, and the United Kingdom with representative offices in China, Lebanon, India and the UAE. Perhaps a look at some at some of the notable awards it has won in recognition of its efforts in driving the development of women in the workplace, market place and communities in which it operates across Nigeria and Africa will validate this.
The bank is a proud recipient of the National Women in Finance Magazine Outstanding Banking Initiative Awards for 2015, the Global Banking Alliance (GBA) Women’s Market Champion Award for the same year, Global Banking Alliance Highest Engagement Award in 2017, CBN Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment Award also in 2017, Women in Marketing and Communications Female Friendly Bank of the Year Award in 2018, National Council for Women Society Nigeria Dedication to Women Entrepreneurship Award for 2018 and CBN Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment Award for last year too, among others.
These awards show the bank’s commitment to its teeming customers that have at the last count, a whopping 32 percent women that make up its total customer base. The journey of empowering women goes as far back as the establishment of the bank in 1998. In 2006 however, it became more international when it began a journey into the world of women and banking for Women. It pioneered women banking in Nigeria with the establishment of the Gender Empowerment Movement (GEM).
Since then, the bank has continued to demonstrate its commitment to gender empowerment with the receipt of a US$15 million credit line from International Finance Corporation, IFC for the Gender Empowerment Programme, GEM. After working through the GEM to invest in women for eight years, the programme evolved into a robust plan to provide women with banking solutions that meet their diverse career and lifestyle requirements in 2014 and was named the ‘W’ Initiative.
At a ‘W’ Initiative powered event in Lagos last year, The Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc. Mr. Herbert Wigwe, had explained that the financial institution is very much commited to empowering women in the area of information sharing, capacity building and more access to finance, to grow and expand their businesses.
Noting that the role of women in nation-building as well as the economy could not be under-estimated, the GMD observed that women formed a strategic focus for the bank. “Empowering women is truly at the heart of our strategy and of course, other things we have to do as far as sustainability is concerned. In the last couple of years, we have made significant progress as far as supporting women in business is concerned,” he had said.
The W initiative remains the home of everything Access Bank has to offer women. It has also helped to solidify the bank’s position as the Bank of choice for women in the markets and communities it serves. In furtherance of the Bank’s commitment to women economic empowerment, Access Bank has deployed the following programmes through the W initiative:
Thousands of women have benefited from programmes deployed through the W Academy capacity building sessions, networking programmes, IVF fora, etc. The flagship programmes, Demystifying Bank Loans’ and ‘Empowering Women with Technology,’ have, respectively, addressed gaps in gender financing and technological skills amongst women.
The Enterprise Development Center (EDC) –certified programme, ‘Womenpreneur Business Workshop,’ has bridged business and managerial skills gap amongst thousands of female entrepreneurs. More than 700+ families benefited from the educational advisory sessions/fairs, facilitated by world renowned Peggy Hanefors of Ascent Education. These opportunities have helped them make the right choices and prepare their wards for admissions into Ivy League and top schools across the world.
To encourage women’s savings habit, the Bank implemented the first-of-its-kind gender-focused savings promotion, ‘Women! Let’s Save’ Season 1 and 2 in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The primary objective of the promotion was to reward a culture of saving, by recognizing women who demonstrated the discipline to save over a defined period consistently. Thus, more than 216,000 women, including 21,000 new female customers, participated in the promo.
The activities of the W community have spread through Sub-Saharan Africa and across social media platforms, providing more than two million female customers and women around the world with access to educational and informative articles on capacity building and networking events. The community also provide them with timely updates on developments that affect their personal and family lives, careers and businesses. Several women have had reasons for repeat visits to the website and extended invitations to their friends. The W Community is made up of the Young Professional, ‘W’ in Business and W & Family.
For the W Young Professional, WYP, is in her 20s and 30s. She is concerned about her personal development and becoming a force to be reckoned with in her company and industry. This platform understand her need for balance, growth, and personal fulfilment and have tailored products and services to suit the WYP’s life as a growing professional in the fast-lane. From helping with her everyday money matters to providing loans that help her meet her pressing financial needs; by educating her on how to manage her finance, the W Initiative is designed to ensure the total wellbeing of the young female professional.
The ‘W’ in Business, on the other hand is driven by a desire to build an empire while providing value for her community and the general economy. She has taken up the title and immense responsibilities of an entrepreneur. The ‘W’ initiative provides her with products and services to strengthen her resolve, skills, and network as she grows her business. The ‘W’ in Business has access to products for her everyday business needs, from managing inflows and outflows to handling staff salary accounts. Tailor-made networking events, online community, and seminars give her access to key industry news, knowledge and an opportunity to reach new customers.
While the W & Family explores the needs of a modern-day family woman, and attempts to adopt products and services to meet those needs. She holds her family as a primary concern and actively desires the comfort of her family. The ‘W’ provides her and her family with exclusive access to a wide range of lifestyle-oriented value-added benefits and privileges.
W Power Loan
This is a scheme designed to bridge the financing gaps for women-in-business. In addition, the scheme provides business support services and visibility for these businesses. The W Power Loan aims to close the financial gap faced by female owned businesses and ensure that it creates more businesses that are structured, positioned for financing and sustainable. Since its launch in July 2018, a total of 53 loans have been approved valued at over 800 million to bridge expansion of operations, acquisition of fixed/capital assets and working capital requirement.
1400 Days of “W”
During this period, the W deployed gender focused initiatives which resulted in banking 2,308,920 females. It organized sessions covering key aspect of business and career including financial literacy, book keeping, digital marketing, tax, legal etc. It also participated in over 970 economic empowerment sessions for women across Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia. In Nigeria, over 94,525 have benefitted from our training sessions across 24 states.
The Loans to Women grew from 901 loans to 8,118 personal loans valued at N10.6billion while loans to Women in Business grew from 128 loans to 330 business loans valued at 16.6bn representing a growth of 52% yearly by helping them bridge financial needs.
Outside these schemes from the W Initiative platform, the bank has several other initiatives targeted at empowering women in different niches.
Access Women Network (AWN)
Access Women Network, AWN, was established in 2012 with the aim of supporting gender diversity/inclusion in the bank. It is the support network for female staff ensuring gender equality policies are entrenched within the bank. This helps to continually attract/retain female employees across all cadres. The network champions its cause through gender policies, mentoring, capacity building and networking programs. All female employees are eligible. The Bank continues to empower women within the organization through several initiatives, some of which are illustrated in the following paragraphs:
AWN monthly, quarterly and annual health activities. This initiative is aimed at promoting health and wellness. Last year, AWN organized a Health Week which involved a seminar on the importance of skin and hair maintenance and a Zumba fitness session. The seminar aimed at reminding women of the importance of skin and hair maintenance, advising them against common daily hair and skin maintenance mistakes. It took place in three locations; Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The Zumba fitness session was organized for women in the bank to emphasize the importance of exercise to the health.
Also, in commemoration of the World Sight Day on October 11, 2018, ACT Foundation in partnership with the Access Women Network provided free eye screening and recommended corrective lenses (free eye glasses) for participants. This exercise helped to bridge the gap in eye health thus improving the quality of life for Access Bank’s staff by identifying individuals with eye defects, treating those with primary refractive errors such as near-sightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism amongst other defects.
In partnership with Genesis House, AWN hosts the Orange Lecture, an annual lecture aimed at addressing domestic and sexual violence against women. In 2018, they collaborated on a campaign titled “Hear Me Too”. The campaign started on the November 30, 2018 with an annual lecture themed Orange Lecture 2018 – ‘Violence against Women; Hear Me Too’ to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The lecture was held at the Bank’s Head Office and focused on survivors, creating a platform for them to share their stories and encouraging those who are currently going through any form of abuse to speak up. The special guest, Mrs Funmi Falana, the National Director of Women’s Empowerment & Legal Aid, educated the audience on the importance of speaking up against domestic violence and raising continuous awareness on issues relating to domestic violence.
Also in partnership with Genesis House – an NGO that focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration of sexually abused individuals and victims of drug addiction, AWN in 2016 organised a walkathonto raise funds to build a rehab home and theatre to empower and cater for victims of social ill. Funds raised from the walkathon were channeled into building rehabilitation shelter for victims.
Every February, the Access Women Network across the Group reaches out to orphanages as part of its ‘Love a Child’ Initiative during the valentine season. Employees are engaged to donate cash and gifts to orphans within their community. Several branches of the Bank also visit orphanages within their vicinity to felicitate with residents and provide them with gift items.
Also, AWN has a Toastmasters Club for educating women and men through the process of self-improvement and leadership training so that they may increase their confidence and usefulness in business, professional and community life. The club is also aimed at promoting communication and public speaking skills for staff members.
On a monthly basis, the Access Women Network organizes ‘Happy Hour Sessions,’ a monthly leisure activity for staff to unwind and network amongst themselves. This is aimed at building relationships amongst staff members whilst also promoting a healthy and active work-life balance.
On the International Women’s Day for 2017 celebrated in March, AWN celebrated with creative programme put in place to carry out “empower a woman” and “appreciate a woman” initiatives. The activities of the day were centred on pairing up all members of staff to send out appreciation notes to each other.
Outside the work place, bank is also at the forefront of empowering women in the society. In fact, empowering women in society and having more women in leadership positions is an area that Access Bank has paid attention to over the years. It believes that the role of a woman in leadership places her in a unique position to influence and provide stability for the community. Also, when they are equipped with knowledge and information, they possess the capacity to come up with innovative ideas. Some of the direct women empowerment initiatives for communities the Bank has embarked on include:
Code for Impact initiative
This is an experiential learning program that builds digital and analytical skills in girls and young women with a view to increasing the number of women who choose STEM careers. They are trained on web development, game development, mobile app and microelectronics. Currently, over 10,000 women and girls have been reached with information on how to build a successful STEM career, with some of them becoming tech experts in organizations while others have started their businesses. Most importantly, this initiative has helped to inspire the Nigeria Women Techsters program which has helped over 2,000 women and girls across Nigeria.
International Women’s Day
To mark the 2018 International Women’s Day, Access Bank participated in the 2018 UN Commission on the Status of Women forum that held on March 17, 2018 at the Guild Hall, Armenian Cultural Centre, New York. The high-level forum explored accelerating the impact of women empowerment programs by leveraging multi-sector collaboration and resources. Also, the event highlight how the private and social sector can work together to accelerate impact of women economic empowerment programs. Also, representatives from the private sector, UN agencies, non-profits, donor agencies and government representatives exchanged knowledge with each other on how to scale opportunities for women empowerment.
In the area of health and health support services, the bank has made very strong points in championing the welfare of the woman as well as in looking out for her, through these initiatives:
Maternal Health Service Support (MHSS)
The MHSS was launched in 2014 and offers discounted financing for medical procedures peculiar to women such as natal support, dental and orthopedic procedures, weight loss procedures and fertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Gestational Surrogacy, Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Myomectomies, Hysterectomies, Endometriosis as well as other specialized procedures, whether local or international. Since its launch in 2014 till date, the Maternal Health Service Support product has been able to successfully finance 105+ families (across Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda) for medical procedures ranging across IVF treatment, pre-and post-natal care as well as other specialized procedures in excess of N146 Million. Also, over 50 babies have been born through this scheme as well as successful infant bone surgeries and fibroid treatments.
The partnership with hospitals and healthcare associations such as the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) and Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in Nigeria (SOGON), have grown stronger and led to the acquisition of over 800 specialist healthcare providers.
Better Mama Better Pikin
The Better Mama Better Pikin initiative provides an opportunity for mothers and their children to gain access to health insurance. This is aimed at alleviating infant and maternal mortality especially for women in Northern Nigeria. The product provides life insurance cover to the tune of 30% of savings deposit of subscribers who are largely in the bottom of the economic pyramid. The remaining 70% is saved for them with interest. By 2017, a total of 11,208 beneficiaries have benefitted from this initiative.
Equality and Inclusion
Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making. Equality of the genders entails the view that the aspirations and needs of women and men should be equally valued and favoured everywhere including the workplace. According to the United Nations (UN), “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.”
Without doubt, gender equality and inclusion is fundamental to good corporate governance. Increasing the representation of women in the boardroom helps drive and maximize long-term business success, even in the financial sector, that is why in 2012, the Bankers’ Committee, which comprises the Central Bank Nigeria, CBN, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC and Deposit Money-Banks and Discount Houses developed a dedicated sub-committee focused on women economic empowerment. One of the focus areas of this sub-committee was to facilitate the decision of the Committee to ensure that women occupy more leadership positions in the industry. The target was to increase women representation on Boards to 30 percent and 40 per cent at the senior management level by 2014.
Interestingly, Access Bank jumped to the forefront of this, initiating and championing the process that led to the development of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBPs). This it achieved, working with key stakeholders of the banking industry, including the CBN, International Finance Corporation (IFC), amongst others. Today, the bank boasts a workforce that comprises 41 percent of female employees and 32 percent female board members.
As a leader in championing gender inclusion in the financial sector, Access Bank can boast of the best of female professionals in its ranks who have become leading lights in their niches and occupy high positions their counterparts in some other places can only dream of. Here is a brief profile on them:
Access Leading Women
Mosun Belo-Olusoga (FCA, Group Chairman)
Mrs. Belo-Olusoga is the Principal Consultant/Programme Director of The KRC Ltd. She served on the boards of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Asset and Resource Management Company Ltd and Equipment and Leasing Association of Nigeria. She currently sits on the boards of ActionAid, MTN Foundation, Premium Pension Limited and Mainstream Foundation. She had an illustrious banking career spanning nearly three decades and retired from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc in 2006 as an Executive Director. Mrs Belo-Olusoga is a graduate of Economics from the University of Ibadan.
She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She joined the Board of the Bank in November 2007 and was the Chairperson of the Board Credit and Finance Committee until her appointment as Chairman of the Board in July 2015.
Ajoritsedere Awosika- MFR (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Dr. Awosika is an accomplished administrator with over three decades’ experience in public sector governance. She was at various times, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministries of Internal Affairs, Science & Technology and Power. She is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy. Dr. Awosika holds a doctorate degree in pharmaceutical technology from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.
She was appointed to the Board of Access Bank in April 2013 and serves as the Chairman of the Board Credit and Finance Committee. Dr. Awosika sits on the boards of Capital Express Assurance Ltd, Chams Plc and Josephine Consulting Limited.
Anthonia O. Ogunmefun (Non-Executive Director)
Mrs Ogunmefun is the Managing Partner of Kemi Ogunmefun Law Office, a Canadian-based private legal practice specialising in immigration law, family law, real estate and corporate law. She served as the Chairperson of Governance Committee of Kinark Child and Family Services, a major Canadian child care trust, and is a Non-Executive Director of LOC Nominees Limited.
Mrs. Ogunmefun obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Lagos in 1974. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1975 and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004. She was appointed to the Board in April 2011 and currently chairs the Board Risk Management Committee.
Hadiza Ambursa – Executive Director, Commercial Banking (North)
Ms. Ambursa was appointed Executive Director, Commercial Banking – North in November 2017. She has over two decades’ banking experience from Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank. Her experience covers Transaction Services, Public Sector, Commercial Banking and Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Access Bank in 2003, she was a Relationship Manager Public Sector in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from University of Jos in 1991 and also obtained a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy in 1996 from the same university.
She subsequently attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (‘MIT’) where she obtained a Master’s in Business Administration in 2009. She has attended several Executive Management Development Programmes in leading institutions, including Harvard Business School and MIT. Ms Ambursa represents the Bank on the Board of Access Bank (Gambia) Ltd.
Titi Osuntoki – Executive Director, Business Banking
Mrs. Titi Osuntoki is the Executive Director, Business Banking. She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Lagos. She is an alumnus of Canfield University School of Management, UK. She has over two decades of cognate experience cutting across all facets of banking. Mrs. Osuntoki is a member of the Non-Oil/Non-Agric Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Access Women Network Leadership
Aladepe Olajide (Zonal Head, Commercial Banking Division Ikeja)
Aladepe is the Zonal Head of Commercial Banking Ikeja. She has over 22 years work experience and has worked in Wema Bank Plc, Spring Bank, Chartered Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, Eco bank Nigeria Plc, UBA Plc, Petroleum Solutions Ltd, Union Bank and now Access Bank Plc. Her experience cut across marketing, treasury, Commercial Banking and Corporate and Investment banking. Prior to re- joining Access Bank Plc in January 2013 as Deputy General Manager, she was Group Head Oil and Gas Group at Union Bank Plc.
She graduated with B.Sc in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1990 and got an MBA in Oil and Gas Management from Robert Gordon University, Scotland in 2013.
Ayona Aguele-Trimnell (Coordinator, W Initiative)
Over the last 15 years, Ayona has been driven on repositioning and building Brands in Nigeria, across West Africa, Southern Africa Markets and as well as Africa & the Middle East markets. Working in at least four different sectors of the economy, the desire to drive maximum awareness, traction and ultimately, build sustainable Brands has been her focus.
In her previous role as Divisional Head, Corporate Communications Department – Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc, she was responsible for the Bank’s Brand Communications and Corporate Reputation- which included Brands & Advertising, Media & Public Relations, Events & Sponsorships, Merchandising and Corporate Social responsibility.
Prior to this, she held several leadership positions in British American Tobacco (BAT) – spanning West Africa & the Middle East, as well as South African Markets and was responsible for several Brands where she led Brand Managers to champion innovation in products and processes to achieve competitive advantage. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & English, and a Master’s degree in Education Research & Development from Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Bolaji Agbede (Group Head, Human Resources)
Bolaji Agbede is the Group Head, Human Resources. She has about 20 years banking experience obtained with GT Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc. She joined the Bank in December 2003 as an Assistant General Manager. Bolaji has been the Head of Group Human Resources and she been instrumental in the successful people integration of Marina International Bank and Capital Bank in 2005 as well as the people integration of the Bank’s acquisition of Intercontinental Bank Plc.
She graduated from University of Lagos in 1990 with a second class lower degree in Mathematics & Statistics and an MBA degree from Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom in 2002. She also holds a post-graduate diploma degree in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London covering Operations, Commercial Banking, Consumer Banking and Human Resources. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management and Honorary member of Chartered Institue of Bankers of Nigeria.
As an avid promoter of gender equality and equity, she introduced initiatives such as the paternity leave, six months’ maternity leave, the Bank’s Crèche and Access Women Network.
Chinwe Uzoho-Group Head, Employees in the Value Chain (Personal Banking Division)
Chinwe is the Group Head, Employees in the Value Chain (Personal Banking Division). She has about She has about 22 years work experience having worked in Afribank, Chartered Bank, Intercontinental Bank and now Access Bank. Her experience covers operations, relationship management and product development. Prior to Joining Access Bank Plc in 2009, she was a Manager with Intercontinental Bank Plc.She holds Bachelor degree in Economics from University of Uyo 1991, and an M.Sc. in Global Marketing from the University of Liverpool United Kingdom.
Halima Kyari (Head, Executive Office)
Halima is the Head, Executive Office. She has 24 years’ work experience in the Banking Sector spanning through African International Bank, FSB International Bank, First Bank and Union Bank, just before joining Access Bank. Prior to joining Access Bank, she was the Chief Dealer at Union Bank Nigeria PLC. He joined Access bank in August 2015 as an Assistant General Manager.
She holds Bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of South Indiana, U.S.A in 1990 and an MBA in 1994 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Ihunanya Onuoha (Group Head, Corporate Operations)
Ihunanya is the Group Head, Corporate Operations. She holds an MBA from Obafemi Awolowo University (2002) and a BSc in Accounting (1989) from Abia State University where she finished with a Second-class Lower division. She has over 27 years’ experience in core banking and prior to joining the bank in 2005, she had worked with Chartered Bank Plc for 14 years.
She is a member of Certified Documentary Specialists –IFS school of Finance London and is an Alumni of Kellogg School of Management.
Iyabo Soji-Okusanya (Group Head, Telecommunications)
Iyabo Soji-Okusanya is the Group Head Telecommunications in Corporate and Investment Banking Division. She has 21 years’ work experience obtained from Nigerian Breweries Plc, KPMG Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde & Co, Magnum Trust Bank and Access Bank. She joined Access Bank in June 1998. Her experience covers commercial banking, Human Resources and Corporate and Investment Banking.
She holds second class lower degree in Accounting in 1988 from the University of Ilorin. Also, she is a Chartered Accountant and also a member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
Joyce Dimkpa (Head, Upstream Oil & Gas)
Joyce is a seasoned professional who has served in various capacities within the Corporate Banking Division in Access Bank. She has worked in the Large Conglomerates, Food and Beverages sector and as a Senior Investment Officer at the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO). She currently oversees the Oil and Gas Business for the Access Bank Group.
She is a pioneer member of the Access Women’s Network (AWN) and currently mentors individuals within the institution especially young female employees. She is extremely passionate and has a heart for the less privileged.
Joyce graduated with a Bachelor Degree from the University of Port Harcourt. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a CFA® Charter Holder. She is known for her extensive knowledge and strong commitment to the Bank and its customers.”
She was the first winner of the pioneer edition of the Access Bank CEO Awards for “Employee of the Year”.
Neka Adogu (Group Head, Commercial Banking Group, Abuja)
Neka is the Group Head Commercial Banking Group, Abuja. She has over 14 years banking experience, having worked in UBA Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc and now Access Bank Plc. She has work experience in Branch Operations, Credit Administration, Wealth Management, Gender Empowerment and Commercial Banking where she rose to head its units in the various Banks she has worked in. She joined Access bank in July 2004 and won the coveted Access Bank CEO Awards for Employee of the Year in 2013.
She holds Bachelor Degree in Banking and Finance from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in 1998 and obtained an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2007. She has attended various Leadership trainings in Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, London Business School and IMD.
Njideka Esomeju (Group Head, Inclusive Banking (Personal Banking Division)
Njideka is the Group Head, Inclusive Banking (Personal Banking Division). Njideka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calabar. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
She has over 18 years’ experience in the Banking Industry spanning Relationship Management, Retail Operations and SME Banking. Njideka has extensive experience managing large teams of up to 600 people and operations for up to 28 branches.
Olasunmbo Olatunji (Group Head, Treasury)
Olasunmbo is the Group Head, Treasury. Her Banking experience spans about 13 years with experience in Funds Management, Treasury and Commercial Banking. These experiences have been gained in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. Prior Joining Access Bank in March 2014 as an Assistant General Manager she was Acting Group Head, Commercial Banking in Guaranty Trust Bank.
She holds Bachelor Degree in Law (LL. B) from University of Ibadan in 1997 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja where she got B.L in 1999.
Omobola Faleye (Head, Risk Management, Personal Banking Division)
Omobola Faleye is the Head of Risk –Business Banking Division. She holds a B.Sc. Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University (1995). She joined the bank in 2008 as a Manager and Head of Investigations. Prior to her joining the bank, she worked with Ernst and Young for 4 years and Standard Trust and United Bank for Africa for 4 years. She has over 14 years Audit experience and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan (Head, Sustainability)
Omobolanle is the Head of Sustainability. She holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication and an M.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Lagos. She also holds a Chartered Banker MBA from Prifysgol Bangor University. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability – ICRS, International Society of Sustainability Professionals – ISSP, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations – NIPR, International Association of Business Communicators – IABC, Chartered Institute of Bankers, Scotland – CIOBS and Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria – CIBN.
She is reputable for her energetic personality, passion for excellence and her role in positioning Access Bank as a global sustainability leader. She is especially recognized as a sustainability champion whose ingenious approach has won the Bank numerous local and international awards/recognition.
She was recently awarded the coveted CEO Employee of the Year (2018), the first ever non-market facing employee recipient. She is also a two-time awardee of the Most Outstanding Sustainability Practitioner in Africa (2017 & 2018) awarded by Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs), amongst other honours.
Omobolanle has over 20 years’ experience in the field of sustainability and communications spanning various industries including manufacturing, media and the financial sector. She joined Access Bank Plc in 2018 to establish the sustainability function and has since served as the go-to expert for sustainability within the Bank. She has championed various significant initiatives including conceptualizing and leading the development of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP), which is now a regulatory standard.
Very recently, she worked, as the only West African, alongside a few colleagues from select global financial institutions, to develop the Global Principles for Responsible Banking.
Sandra Okoli (Group Head, Service and Innovation)
Sandra is the Group Head, Service and Innovation. She Hold a B.sc Chemistry from the University of Ibadan (1997). She joined Access bank in 2007 as a Manager. Prior to her joining the bank she worked with Guaranty Trust Bank and she has over 21 years banking experience. Her banking experience cuts across different functions including Branch Operations and Relationship Management. She has attended both local and international trainings.
Yewande Shoneye-Vaughan (Group Head, Business Banking Lagos Island)
Yewande is the Group Head, Business Banking Lagos Island. She has about 18 years’ experience. She has worked in Ecobank, United Bank for Africa, Guarantee Trust Bank and Access Bank Plc where Relationship Management has been her main stay. She first joined Access bank in 2003 and left for United Bank of Africa, the next year 2004. She again joined Access Bank in January 2015 from Guaranty Trust Bank as an Assistant General manager.
She graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Mathematics/Statistics in 1997.