Speaker at the Event

africa fintech festival

Bunmi Lawson

Director, Enhancing Financial Innovation/ Access, EFInA, Nigeria



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.