Bunmi Lawson, MBA, FCA, MCIB, FICA, FICM, FIAPM
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access EFInA
Ms. Bunmi Lawson is a director of the Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) which is a
financial sector development organization that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria and is currently
engaged in setting up an education specialized microfinance Bank with Gray Matters Capital. She is also
a member of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN). LAN is an association of committed members that provide
early stage, seed funding and mentoring for start-up entrepreneurs.
Ms. Lawson is the pioneer and immediate past Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of ACCION
Microfinance Bank Limited. ACCION Microfinance Bank led by Bunmi Lawson commenced operations in
May 2007 with one branch and 18 staff and over her ten year tenor had grown to become a multi award
winning National Microfinance bank with over 234,051 customer accounts in 8 states across Nigeria.
Prior to joining ACCION, Bunmi was the Executive Director of FATE Foundation Ltd/Gte, a leading
business development service provider, and Finance Director Tequila Direct Marketing company and has
over 30 years post graduate experience in finance, insurance, marketing, auditing and banking.
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 an Advisory Board Member of Bridge International Academies, Chairman of
the Microfinance Learning and Development Center (MLDC) of the Microfinance Platform Nigeria, and a
council member of the Women in Finance Nigeria Forum. Amongst her numerous awards, she was
recently awarded with the “Lifetime Achievement in Microfinance” by the National Association of
Microfinance Banks in Nigeria (NAMB).
She has attended several courses both locally and internationally at renowned institutions including
Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the Boulder Institute for Microfinance and has successfully
completed the CBN/CIBN Microfinance Certification Programme. She has presented several
lectures/speeches both locally and internationally in Microfinance and other areas of capacity building
for small scale industries and mentoring young entrepreneurs especially women as well as been part of
special workgroups on various topics bothering on several aspects of the Nigerian economy.
She is a mother with 2 lovely adult children.