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; Vice President, Women in Finance, Nigeria and Member, Governing Council, Fintech Association of Nigeria.
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 young entrepreneurs, SME Financing as well as been part of special workgroups on various topics bothering on several aspects of the Nigerian economy.
Prior to joining EDFIN, Bunmi was the Managing Executive Director of ACCION Microfinance Bank, one of the largest Microfinance Bank in Nigeria, FATE Foundation Ltd/Gte, a leading business development service provider, a co-owner and Executive Director of VLA Lawrence & Associates, a leading Human Resources services organization and has over 32 years post graduate experience in finance, insurance, marketing, auditing and banking.
She is a mother with 2 lovely children.
Tolulope is a graduate of Accountancy from The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. She also holds a Masters’ Degree in Marketing from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) and an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (AMNIM).
With experience spanning over 17 years in the Banking Industry, Tolulope is a commercially minded individual with extensive experience and a successful record in operations and administration management. She provides strategic direction, information and support in relation to the company’s operational and administrative management, ensures that the organization performs at optimal level in order to achieve company-wide goals.
Tolulope also has experience as an Internal Auditor with core competence in Investigations, External Relations and Field Audits.
Abiodun holds an MBA with a major in IT management from the University of Leicester, UK; a Bachelors’ Degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering; a certified IT Auditor (CISA) and Cisco Network Associate. He is also IT infrastructure library certified (ITIL V3), certified practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and certified project manager from the Haensh Business School Germany.
Abiodun has over 13years working experience in the financial services industry and Telecommunications with an IT all-round expertise. His competencies cut across enterprise infrastructure and innovative digital solutions deployment, cloud technology and cybersecurity, project management, IT strategy and IT Audit.
Prior to now, Abiodun led the IT team in AB microfinance Bank from startup till it became national; worked in Hyperia Internet backbone as a senior telecom engineer, later moved to Ubametropolitan Life Insurance and Credit Afrique as IT manager. Over the years, he has successfully managed the rollout of Core banking and E-banking platforms that brought about financial inclusion through USSD, Mobile Banking, Web, mobile money and card services.
Oluchi is an experienced banker in the microfinance sector with well over 15 years Banking experience in addition to over 10 years multi sectorial experience in the hospitality industry, investment and Audit firms. She is the immediate past Head, Internal Audit of the Bank and was the chief Operating Officer of Legacy Vineland Microfinance Bank.
Prior to joining EdFin, Oluchi worked and rose to the position of Acting Managing Director at Meridian Microfinance Bank having worked in various capacities as Head of Finance & Administration and Head of Internal Control with wealth of experience in Banking Operations, Relationship Management, Financial Management and Internal Control functions.
Oluchi is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA), a Microfinance Certified Professional of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and a Certified Risk Manager.
Chika has a Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science from Rivers State University, an MBA from Lagos Business School and is a Certified Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Professional.
She is an adept Management Consultant, Certified Strategy Execution Professional and Business Writer with a strong bias for performance improvement, business design and planning, service design, research and analysis. She enjoys helping people and organisations be the best they can be; by meticulously understanding their mission and goals and helping them craft a realistic implementation plan.
Chika’s experience spans research, analysis, process re-engineering, organisation design, performance management, business writing and strategy execution. With over 10 years cumulative experience working on research, projects, process and performance management, as well as a well-rounded experience and understanding in corporate venture and management.
Chika has worked across a variety of industries and sectors including Mobile Money, Chemicals, Health, Technology, Education and Development. She cares about national development and livelihood, and her goal is to help build sustainable businesses in Nigeria using skills and experience.