Lauren Hendricks, Equity Group Foundation International
Lauren Hendricks is the CEO of Equity Group Foundation International. Equity Group Foundation (EGF) was established in 2008 as the social arm of Equity Group Holdings. It seeks to transform the lives and livelihoods of the people of Africa. EGF was born out of Equity Bank’s commitment to providing service to the poor, both through its core business model and its various corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Prior to Equity Group Foundation, Lauren served as the Executive Vice President of Grameen Foundation. A global expert in international development and financial inclusion, she works to engage technology and the private sector to address the critical challenges of our time. She has partnered with banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, and others in the private sector to adapt products and services to meet the needs of the poor, and to ensure that participants benefitted from new, digital financial services.
She was previously Executive Director for the Access Africa initiative at CARE, where she led the development of financial inclusion programs and innovative solutions to reach the poorest people in Africa.