Access Bank Group Managing Director, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, is scheduled to speak at the inaugural Financial Times summit in Mozambique. Themed ‘Accelerating a return to growth and stability,’ the conference will hold on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, and x-ray the pivotal opportunities and fresh challenges manifesting in Mozambique after 20 years of political turbulence.
As a knowledge exchange platform, the summit boasts attendance of pre-eminent business and government leaders with keynote speeches from the Mozambican leaders, His Excellency, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho Do Rosário, and will discuss the routes to managing major economic reform, improving financial transparency and ways of exploring the diversification of natural resources and exports in the country.
Specifically, Wigwe and other speakers are expected to share practical perspectives that will stimulate the Mozambican economy with an audience of three hundred senior figures comprising government figures, policy makers, major international leaders, economists and representatives from energy, infrastructure, mining, finance and other vertical industries. Other leaders speaking at the event include Ari Aisen, the IMF Resident Representative in Mozambique; Dr Rui Barros, Chief Executive Officer, Barclays Bank, Mozambique; Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group; Roland Kjell, MD and CEO, Norfund; and Sim Tshababla, Joint CEO, Standard Bank.
Over the past decade, Herbert Wigwe has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the resuscitation and development of the African economy. As a consummate business leader with a sterling record of accomplishments and a history of contributions to the Nigerian economy, Wigwe advocates inclusive governance and responsible leadership as a veritable approach to national building and economic development. He holds the belief that appropriate collaboration between private sector players and governments is the key to unlocking Africa’s potential and creating prosperity for Africans.
Educated at Harvard Business School, University College of North Wales, University of London and University of Nigeria, Wigwe, who is the 2016 BusinessDay Newspaper Banker of the Year Awardee, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN); the Chairman of The Access Bank (UK) Ltd; and the Interim Chairman of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company Plc.
Since his assumption of office as the Group Managing Director in 2013, Access Bank has continued to affirm its pioneering role in the African financial services landscape and birthed innovations that further redefined banking services in Nigeria. In recognition of these, Access Bank has received several international and domestic awards, which include the Euromoney Best Bank Transformation Award; Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Outstanding Business Sustainability Award; and BusinessDay Newspaper Best Bank Award.