Management Team

GODWIN EHIGIAMUSOE PhD – Managing Director

An internationally acknowledged microfinance practitioner and a social entrepreneur with vast business interests. He has a Doctorate degree in Policy and Development Studies with emphasis on microfinance policy and regulatory frameworks. He founded LAPO as an NGO and has since midwife the organization into a leading microfinance institution with operations in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. He is the recipient of the Grameen Foundation's award for Excellence in Microfinance in 2006, awards for outstanding Entrepreneur from Schwab Foundation and Fate Foundation. He is the author of several published books and articles on microfinance and economic growth. He is currently the Managing Director.

FAITH OSAZUWA-OJO, Executive Director, Operations & IT

She is an Alumnus of the Havard Business School, USA and has over 19 years extensive experience in the Microfinance sector with a rich pedigree in Risk Management (Evaluation & Monitoring). She studied Law and has attended series of capacity-driven Courses like the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, the Boulder Microfinance Training Program in Turin, Italy; Training for the Project Feasibility of Remittances Product for 10 African MFIs in Ethiopia etc.
Faith Osazuwa-Ojo is a thoroughbred professional with a penchant for performance and results. She is currently an Executive Director at LAPO MfB and heads our Operations & IT Department.

JOSEPHINE NWACHUKWU - Executive Director, Corporate Planning & Strategy

She has over 18 years of experience spanning Internal control, Treasury and Strategic Management. She is a certified microfinance practitioner and holds a Masters Degree from University of Benin.

She is an Executive Director and currently heads the Corporate Planning and Strategy Department.


STANLEY ORIAKHI - Chief Financial Officer

He has over 15 years' experience as a professional accountant. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Certified Microfinance Practitioner and alumnus of Lagos Business School.

Since he joined LAPO in 2001, he has functioned in various capacities in Finance and Operations departments.


CYNTHIA IKPONMWOSA - Head, Corporate Secretariat, Legal and Compliance

She has about 20 years' professional experience across various functions in Programme Management, Communication, Legal and Regulatory Compliance. Prior to joining LAPO in 2001, Cynthia had worked with Akintola Williams Deloitte. She is a member of Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. She is currently the Company Secretary.


ELIJAH OSADEBAMWEN - Head, Corporate Services

He has over 15 years of experience spanning Project Management and Banking Operations. Prior to joining LAPO in 2001, he served as the Local Technical Service Provider for the UNDP Microstart Project in Nigeria and has attended several local and international training programmes. He is an Associate member of the Nigeria Institute of Management, National Institute of Marketing and a Microfinance Certified Banker of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria {CIBN}.


GLORIA BAKO - Head, Risk Management

Gloria Bako holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Science in Economics from the University of Uyo and University of Benin respectively. Gloria’s over 21 years’ experience in Microfinance started at LAPO when she joined as a National Youth Service Corp’s member.

She rose through the ranks as a Branch Manager, Divisional Manager and Zonal Manager. As the Zonal Manager of Middle Belt Zone, she was responsible for the growth of our banking operations in Benue, Kogi and Taraba States.

Gloria Bako is currently the Head of Risk Management at LAPO Microfinance Bank. She loves to read, sing and watch soccer.

PAUL EMGBOUKE-Head, General Services

Mr. Emgbouke began his professional career as a Solicitor to a number of law firms and joined LAPO in 2004 as Head, Human Resource Unit. Mr. Emgbuoke has attended courses in People Management, he is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).