Agnes Olatokunbo Martins 

FCIB, FCCA, FCA, FCS, FRM, CISA, CISM, AFHEA

Dr. Agnes Olatokunbo Martins is a distinguished financial expert and visionary leader with over 35 years of experience shaping and advancing the Nigerian financial sector. Her extensive career at the Central Bank of Nigeria includes pivotal roles in banking and other financial institution supervision, where she implemented robust regulatory policies, fostered collaboration with stakeholders, and demonstrated her exceptional ability to manage financial crises. She holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Reading, UK, where her research focused on the impact of banking reforms and inclusive finance on economic development.

She holds several leadership and governance roles in the financial services industry. Her work experience includes regulatory and supervisory functions as Director of Other Financial Institutions Supervision and Director of Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Nigeria, in addition to extensive work in audit and risk.

Before her doctorate, she achieved significant educational milestones, including an MSc in Advanced Information Technology and a First-Class degree in Applied Accounting from UK universities. Additionally, she earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Lagos.

Regarding professional qualifications, Dr. Martins earned a certificate in Law and Regulation of Inclusive Finance from the University of Luxembourg. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (UK), holds an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from Harvard University, and is affiliated with esteemed institutions such as INSEAD Business School, the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (UK), the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (Nigeria), the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Nigeria), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (UK), the Risk Managers Association of Nigeria, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (USA), and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (USA).

Her notable achievements include fortifying regulatory frameworks for compliance and stability, implementing effective corporate governance and risk management practices, and introducing technology-driven solutions for streamlined supervisory processes. Dr. Martins is recognized for managing banking system stability adeptly. Her contributions extend to assessing policy effectiveness in the microfinance sub-sector, a role that underscores her deep understanding of the financial sector and her commitment to sustainable growth. She is the author of Banking Reforms in Africa: Implications for Economic Welfare and Poverty Reduction (Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking) and Inclusive Finance and Poverty Dynamics: A Global and Comparative Analysis of Microfinance Impact (In View).

Olu Akanmu

Olu Akanmu was, until recently, President and Co-CEO of OPay-Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s largest fintech platforms with Unicorn valuation. He has an unusual, diverse C-level strategic leadership experience across several industries, including healthcare, FMCG, telecommunications, banking, fintech, and non -profit industries, with a track record of growing and scaling businesses successfully across these industries.

He was Executive Director- Retail Banking at First City Monument Bank; Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel, Nigeria; Managing Executive – Retail Banking at former Bank PHB; General Manager-Consumer Marketing; MTN-Nigeria; and Client Service Director-Insight Communications (West Africa’s largest advertising agency). He was also Chief Operating Officer at Society for Family Health and Population Services International (Nigeria; and South Africa) and Marketing Manager at former Glaxo-Nigeria.

He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Ife, a Master in Business Administration from the Lagos State University and a Distinction in the Management Advancement Program of the University of Witwatersrand Business School, South Africa. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Research Methods from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom.

Professor Janice Olawoye

Janice Olawoye was born on the 24th of February, 1951, at Hartley, Iowa, USA.  She had her primary and secondary education in Iowa and later went on to Iowa State University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology in 1972 and 1976, respectively.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ibadan in 1986.

Janice Olawoye became a Professor of Rural Sociology in 1998 at the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, where she taught from 1978 to 2016, when she voluntarily retired.  She served the university in various administrative and committee capacities, including Head of Department, for seven years, and she was elected the first female Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (2004–2006).  She was a member of the University Appointments & Promotion Committee, the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Committee, and Senate Curriculum Committee.  She was also Chair of the Senate Truth Committee and the Senate Business Committee.  She has served as Hall Mistress of Queen Elizabeth II Hall and a Coordinator at the Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV).

With extensive teaching and research experience, Professor Olawoye has developed expertise in social issues related to rural development, particularly gender issues.  She has over 70 publications in journals, chapters of books, and other professional outlets, and she has carried out well over 60 research assignments for several national and international development organizations, including the World Bank, FAO, and IFAD.  She has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students, including 30 Ph.D. students.   Janice Olawoye has also served on the boards of several NGOs, including charitable organizations.

Professor Olawoye is happily married to Rev. (Dr.) O.O. Olawoye, who is the Founder of Faith Bible Church, Ibadan, where she is also an ordained pastor specializing in Christian education for children.  The Olawoyes are the proprietors of King’s International College, King’s Junior Academy, and the School of Further Studies at Moniya, Ibadan.  The family is blessed with wonderful sons and cherished grandchildren.