Management Team

 

Mrs. IKPONMWOSA Iranmwinran Cynthia

Cynthia Iranmwinran Ikponmwosa is a consummate business professional with over eighteen years of experience in Business Management, Programme Management, Corporate Governance, Legal and Regulatory Compliance.

Prior to her appointment as MD-Designate of LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited (subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria), she was Executive Director, Corporate Services of the bank with responsibility for people, facility and procurement management. She joined Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO NGO), the precursor of LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited, in 2001 as a Senior Programme Officer. She anchored the corporate transformation process of Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) from an NGO to a regulated entity - LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited from 2008 – 2010.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Ambrose Alli University (previously known as Edo State University) and a Master of Laws in Corporate Governance and Law from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administration (ICSA) London; a Certified Microfinance Banker (MCIB) of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria; and a member of the Compliance Institute, Nigeria.  She has attended several management programmes in leading educational institutions including the Advanced Management Program of the Lagos Business School and the Chief Executive Programme (Global Edition) at the IESE Business School, Spain.

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Mrs OSAZUWA-OJO Faith

Mrs Osazuwa–Ojo Faith holds a Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) from the College of Education, Ekiadolor (1996); a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Benin (2005); Barrister at Law from the Nigerian Law School (2006). She has attended several international trainings including the Programme for Leadership Development Training by Harvard Business School.

She has over twenty years of experience in the microfinance sector with a rich pedigree in risk management. She is an astute lawyer and a certified microfinance practitioner.

She joined LAPO NGO in February, 1997 and rose through various ranks to become a Director, a position she held until her appointment as Executive Director in December, 2014.

Mrs. Osazuwa–Ojo currently the Head, Operations Division of the Microfinance Bank.

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Mrs. BAKO Gloria

Mrs. Gloria Bako holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Uyo (1994) and a Master’s degree from the University of Benin (2000). She has attended several national and international training including the Back to Boulder by Boulder Institute of Microfinance, Washington DC, USA and Risk Governance and Basel Accords organized by A. Adedipe Associates Limited and CRC Credit Bureau Limited, held in Dubai.

She has over twenty years’ experience in the microfinance sector with a rich pedigree in Business management. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

She joined the Bank in November, 1996 and rose through various ranks to become a General Manager.

Mrs. Gloria Bako is Executive Director, Corporate Services of the Bank. The appointment is subject to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approval.

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Mrs. IDEHEN Peggy

Mrs. Peggy Idehen is a Corporate Governance expert, experienced Lawyer, with requisite skills in Regulatory Compliance. She has over 12 years’ work experience predominantly in the Microfinance sector. She completed her Master’s (M.Sc.) degree in Corporate Governance and Leadership with a distinction from the University of Northampton, United Kingdom. She equally holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) degree from Ambrose Alli University, Edo State and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007.

She is a certified member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators United Kingdom, Nigerian Bar Association, as well as the International Bar Association. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management, Society for Corporate Governance, and Institute of Compliance Nigeria. She has attended several management programmes in leading institutions including Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

She joined LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited in October, 2007 and served in different capacities before assuming the office of the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser in August 2019.

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Mr. Emmanuel Igiehon

Mr Emmanuel Igiehon holds a Bachelor of Science (Education) degree from the University of Benin (1998), Masters in Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria (2017) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Lagos (2018). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

He obtained a certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and a certified microfinance practitioner (MCIB) from the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).  

He has attented several International trainings including Financial Planning and Analysis using Microfin 4.0, cape Town South Africa.

He joined LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited in 2008 and servrd in different capacities before assuming the office of the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) IN July, 2020.

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Mr. Abu Taiwo

Mr. Abu Taiwo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Benin (2006) and Masters in Business Administration from the Ambrose Ali University (2010). He has over 18 years’ work experience predominantly in the Microfinance sector. He is a certified microfinance practitioner.

He has attended various training and courses in reputable indigenous institutions.

He joined LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited in July 2001 and served in different capacities before assuming the office of the Head, Internal Audit in July 2020.