Prominent bankers, major economic players, captains of industries, regulators, policy makers, members of the academic community, millennials and other stakeholders in the banking and finance industry will converge at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on September 24-25, 2019, for the 12th Annual Banking and Finance Conference to brainstorm on strategic issues that are critical to building a sound and sustainable financial system and economy.
The theme of the Conference, “The Future of the Nigeria Banking Industry – 360°” is structured to offer direction to Nigerian Banks and other Financial Institutions on how to reposition the Industry for relevance in the new world order, by leveraging on digitalization, a phenomenon that has brought about a lot of unprecedented disruptive innovations in the Industry.

Dignitaries expected to grace the occasion are: His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN; Senator Ahmed Lawan, Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr. Mohammed Musa, Honorable Minister, Federal Capital Territory; Mr. Godwin Emefiele, CON, FCIB, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria; His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State and many others. The Welcome Address will be delivered by Dr. Uche M. Olowu, FCIB, President and Chairman of Council, CIBN.

An array of highly renowned industry futurists and subject matter experts have been carefully assembled as resource persons for the Conference. To set the tone for the Conference is a highly acclaimed trendwatcher, author and speaker with roots in India, Latin-America and Europe, Mr. Adjiedj Bakas.
Mr. Bakas is a visionary with a sharp eye to observe developments and relevant trends, across the world, which can be used for reassessing new products and services. He will be the Keynote Speaker.
Other confirmed resources persons are: Ambassador (Dr) Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Prof. Benedict O. Oramah, President, Afreximbank; Dr Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO); Dr Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner, TLcom Capital LLP; Mr. Desmond Guobadia, Chairman Nigeria’s Presidential Panel on African Continental Free Trade Agreement/ Senior Partner, The Law Union; Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, FCIB, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Coronation Merchant Bank Limited; Mr. Rogerio Mascarenhas, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company Nigeria; Mr. Olumide Olayinka, Partner and Head, Risk Consulting and Innovation, KPMG Nigeria; Mr. Magnus Nnoka, President, Risk Management Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) & Chief Risk Officer, Coronation Merchant Bank;
Others are: Mrs. Eileen Shaiyen, Founder/CEO, H. Pierson Associates; Mr. Agada Apochi, Managing Director, Unified Payment Services Limited; Mr. John Obaro, Founder, SystemSpecs; Mrs. Funke Amobi, Country Head Human Capital, Stanbic IBTC; Ms. Funke Opeke, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, MainOne; Mr. Foluso Phillips, Chairman, Phillips Consulting; Mr. Olawale Taofeek Adediran, President and Chairman of Council, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM); Mr. Taiwo Oyedele, Head, Tax and Regulatory Services, PwC Nigeria & Tax Services Leader, West Africa, PwC; Mr. Joseph Olofinsola, Human Capital Leader, Deloitte & Touche; Dr Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director/CEO, Rack Centre; Mrs. Habiba Balogun, Director and Principal consultant, Habiba Balogun Consulting Limited; Dr Biodun Adedipe, Founder and Chief Consultant, B. Adedipe Associates Limited; Mr. Bolaji Lawal, Executive Director/Divisional Head, Digital Banking, Guaranty Trust Bank; Mr. Chidi Umeano, Head, Shared Services, Central Bank of Nigeria and Mr. Suraj Oyewale, Founder, JarusHub.
Dr. Uche M. Olowu, the President and Chairman of Council, The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) is the Chief Host of the event.

The Conference will feature seven Business Sessions which include:

Session 1: The New World Economy and Trends into the Future
Session 2: African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Role of Nigerian Banks & Other Stakeholders
Session 3: Governance, Risk Management and Regulation: Future Considerations
Session 4: Shared Services and Cost Management
Session 5: Workforce of the Future: People and Skills
Session 6: Driving Digital and Innovation
Session 7: Pulling it up Together for the Next Level

According to Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chairman, Consultative Committee of 12th Annual Banking & Finance Conference and CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited,“this year’s edition of the Conference is very unique, first because of its concentration on the future of banking and financial services in Nigeria in particular and the globe at large. Secondly, it is unique for us at First Bank of Nigeria Limited, as it coincides with our 125th Anniversary. This is not just because we are the first bank to be established in West Africa, but much more because we have been woven into the fabric of society and can feel FirstBank in every other institution and every aspect of the economy.”

The Conference is an annual forum of professionals in the Banking and Finance Industry and the resolutions at the event are usually made available to all the relevant stakeholders and policy makers to enable them re-appraise and align their operations and strategies in line with global best practice.


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