Ms. Chidinma Lawanson

MSME Development and Agri-Finance Expert

Chidinma holds over 3 decades of experience in the financial services and development finance sector, with emphasis on retail banking, digital payments, agri-finance, small and medium-scale enterprises and financial inclusion, at executive and senior management levels. She  is passionately committed to equal rights, financial inclusion, and reducing youth unemployment in Africa.  She has successfully launched market-changing financial services products for low-income groups, significantly improving financial inclusion indices. Chidinma is a mission-driven, strategic, visionary leader who inspires dedication and achievement. She is well versed in balancing the competing needs of constituents and partners, mediating conflict, facilitating conversations, and fostering cooperation and collaboration. She is an advocate, thought leader, public speaker, critical thinker, outstanding relationship builder, and tenacious problem solver with a proven history of leading organizations that have made both  social and business impact. Chidinma is a strong business development professional with a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies from Boston University. She is also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow (Fulbright Scholar).