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Akinwale Olawoye is the Chief Compliance Officer at Nova Merchant Bank Limited. Prior to this role, he was the Technical Assistant to two successive CEOs at the United Bank for Africa Plc and also worked in its Strategy and Business Transformation unit where he conceptualised and executed high impact strategic initiatives across all areas of the Bank and its African subsidiaries.

He started his career at Accenture where he worked as a strategy consultant leading teams on engagements in leading blue-chip companies covering banking, capital markets, insurance, electronic payments and fast moving consumer goods.

Mr Olawoye served as the founding secretary of both the Bankers’ Committee Subcommittee on Payment Systems & Infrastructure, responsible for several transformational initiatives in the banking industry such as oversight of the implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) initiative, and the Subcommittee on Power which developed the Power Sector Action Plan to address bottlenecks in securing financing to the Power Sector. He also led a team which in conjunction with the CBN developed its financial inclusion pilot plan.

Mr Olawoye earned a B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems with Industrial Experience from the University of Manchester which included a 1 year industrial placement at IBM UK Ltd. He has attended a wide range of international trainings covering diverse areas such as strategy, project management, innovation amongst others.

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