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The Association of Professional Women Bankers (APWB) Presents, Female Champions in the Banking Sector.

Women have played and continue to play a key role in Nigeria’s banking sector. To shed light on this instrumental and vital role, the Association of Professional Women Bankers, has created a definitive list of female champions within the industry.

These women have not only been pivotal in the shaping of the sectors regulatory framework but have also created a strong legacy for other women to follow.

Read the list and be inspired

Abiola Adekoya is a financial expert with over 18 years’ experience working with leading financial service firms whose activities span across various continents. She is currently the MD/CEO of RMB Nigeria Stockbrokers, a subsidiary of the First Rand Group, a leading financial services group in Africa with footprints across the globe.

Adaeze Udensi – Executive Director at Titan Trust Bank Nigeria

Adaeze Udensi is the Executive Director of the bank. Udensi has over twenty-three (23) years cognate banking experience; sixteen of which were spent at Zenith Bank Plc where she rose to the level of General Manager/Group Zonal Head supervising the Commercial Banking and Oil and Gas businesses in Southern Nigeria, which she grew to the second largest portfolio in the bank.

Adaora Umeoji – Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc

With over 20 years of cognate banking and broad executive management experience, Adaora rose through the ranks to her current position. Adaora has at different times participated in high-level Bankers’ meetings with impactful contributions towards the advancement of the banking industry and national economic growth and development.

Adebimpe Olambiwonnu – Group Head, Finance and Performance Management/ Financial Controller, Sterling Bank

Bimpe is an integral member of the finance group and has helped to develop processes for monitoring Sterling Bank’s long-term and short-term financial results. Bimpe began her career at Nigeria’s premier merchant bank, NAL Bank which merged with four other banks to form Sterling Bank.

Adeola Azeez – Deputy Country Head at Deutsche Bank Nigeria

Adeola Azeez is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of professional experience, more than half of which has been as Deputy Country Head/Deputy Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Nigeria, the leading client-centric global universal bank with approximately 30 million customer accounts and activities in more than 70 countries and jurisdictions.

Adobi Stella Nwapa – General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc

Adobi is currently the Group Zonal Head, Ikoyi Zone, with management and supervisory responsibilities over branches and business units in the zone. Adobi joined Zenith Bank in 1990 and has over twenty-eight (28) years cognate banking experience, most of which have been in Senior Management positions.

Aishah Ahmad – Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Aishah Ahmad was appointed Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the 23rd March 2018. As Deputy Governor in charge of Financial System Stability, she is responsible for leading the effort to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria; one of the principal objects of the Bank as specified within the CBN Act.

Atinuke Leye-Isola – Business Development Manager – Wema Bank PLC

Tinuke Leye-Isola started her banking career with Societe Generale Bank Nigeria Limited in 1988. Holds a Diploma in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor of Science, Banking and Finance from Ogun State University now (Olabisi Onabanjo University) Ago-Iwoye; An MBA in finance from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers as well as an Associate Member of the Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria.

Bashirat Odunewu – Group Executive, International Banking Group, First Bank of Nigeria Limited

Bashirat Odunewu has over 27 years’ experience across institutional banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, investment banking and treasury in various financial institutions. Until this appointment in January 2016, she was Group Executive, Institutional Banking Group. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and has attended several executive programmes in Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School.

Bola Adesola – Senior Vice Chairman, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank

Bola Adesola is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Limited, Nigeria. Prior to joining the bank in March 2011, she was an Executive Director at First Bank of Nigeria Plc and prior to that Managing Director of Kakawa Discount House, Nigeria. She also worked in Citibank for 9 years in senior leadership roles in Nigeria and Tanzania

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