Bola Adesola joined Standard Chartered as the MD/CEO in 2011 and in 2013. She was chosen as the winner of the “Outstanding Woman in Business” category at the Africa Business Awards 2013. This year, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General announced her appointment as a member of the board of the United Nations Global Compact.

Before her appointment as MD/CEO Standard Chartered, she served with First Bank of Nigeria PLC as the Executive Director for Corporate Business then later was empowered to manage the entire company in Lagos including retail, corporate and commercial banking. She was the Managing Director at Kakawa Discount House Nigeria and worked in Citibank in Nigeria and Tanzania for 9 years.

She holds a law degree from the University of Buckingham, UK and was called to bar in 1985. She is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria and is part of the board of the Financial Markets Dealers Association. She chairs the Central Bank of Nigeria Bankers’ Sub-Committee on Women’s Economic Empowerment and was recently appointed the first female Vice President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA). She has over 25 years of banking experience and expertise.