Event Schedule

Theme: Unlocking the Potential in Every Nigerian – The Path to Inclusive Economic Growth December 9th 2019

  • 8:00AM–9:15AM

    Arrival and Registration of Participants

  • 9:15AM

    Welcome and Introduction to Financial Inclusion 2.0

    Segun Akerele - Chair, Board of Directors, EFInA
  • 9:25AM

    Keynote I
    “Financial Inclusion as a Tool to Unlock Nigeria’s Potential and Enable Inclusive Economic Growth”

    Aishah Ahmad - Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

    Launch of Study – “Assessment of Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria”

    EFInA and Financial Inclusion Secretariat – Central Bank of Nigeria
  • 9:50AM

    Session I

    Keynote: “The Role of Financial Inclusion in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Northern Nigeria – A Focus on Agriculture Finance”.

    Tayo Aduloju - Chief Operating Officer/ Senior Fellow, Public Policy & Strategy Mgt, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG)
  • 10:10AM

    Panel Discussion

    Panel will discuss the economic realities in respect of Northern Nigeria and how financial inclusion can unlock its potential and catalyze inclusive economic growth.

    Given the number of Northerners earning their livelihoods from agriculture, the panel will consider the importance of agriculture to the region and how it should be financed.

    Abubakar Suleiman – MD, Sterling Bank
    Kyari Abba Bukar – Former Chairman NESG, Former CEO Central Securities Clearing System Plc
    Aisha Bako - Links (DFID Agric Program)
    Ladi Balogun -   Group Chief Executive, FCMB
    Kola Masha – MD, Babban Gona
    Dr. Olaitan Mudashiru - Development Finance Department, Central Bank

    Moderator: Tayo Aduloju
  • 11:00AM

    Session II

    Keynote: “The Promise of Digital Financial Inclusion – Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs”.

    Speech will examine the economic impact and transformational benefits Digital Finance Inclusion offers with a focus on its potential to greatly reduce youth unemployment.

    Saniya Ansar - Finance and Private Sector Development Development Research Group, The World Bank
  • 11:20AM

    Panel Discussion/Lightning Round:

    Sessions will consider the conditions necessary for the successful deployment and widespread adoption of mobile financial services with a focus on:

    • Innovation: Driving development and collaboration in the financial services ecosystem (Iyin Aboyeji)
    • Mobile Financial Products & Services - Positioning PSBs for success (Agada Apochi)

    Panel session will discuss:
    The importance of digital rails
    Updates on PSB guidelines and ideal operational format
    Granular detail on the potential of DFS in Nigeria
    Innovation as a catalyst for DFS
    Iyin Aboyeji – Chairman, Financial Service Innovators FSI, Co-Founder Andela, Co-Founder and Former MD, Flutterwave
    Samuel Okojere – Director, Payment Systems Management Department, Central Bank of Nigeria
    Agada Apochi - CEO, Unified Payments
    Usoro Usoro – CEO, Y’ello Digital Financial Services, MTN
    Honey Ogundeji – Country Director, UK Government’s UK-Nigeria Tech Hub
  • 12:10PM


  • 12:40PM

    Session III

    Keynote: Bridging the Gender Gap: Empowering Women, Building Economies
    Harriet Thompson - Deputy British High Commissioner
    Key Findings on Assessment of Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria
    Ashley Immanuel, Head of Programs, EFInA
  • 01:10PM

    Panel Discussion:

    Session will discuss:

    • Key Highlights from the Study.
    • Drivers of the gender gap in financial inclusion.
    • Actions required by stakeholders across Nigeria to address this gap.


    Joseph Attah – Head Financial Inclusion Secretariat, Central Bank of Nigeria
    Eyitope (Topsy) Kola-Oyeneyin - Global Partner, Mckinsey & Company
    Bunmi Lawson – MD, EDFIN Microfinance Bank
    Ini Abimbola - Founder and Lead Consultant/CEO of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC)
    Zino Afiegbe - Women’s World Banking
    Ashley Immanuel - Head of Programs, EFInA

  • 02:00PM


    Richard Sandall
  • 02:10PM