Lois Sankey is an experienced MSME and AgriFinance specialist with over 20 years of exposure in commercial banking, Pension, and non-profit development finance. As a senior banker over the last 10years with Diamond Bank Plc, she focused on the development of Agricultural finance systems, financial inclusion for smallholder farmers and MSME finance in Nigeria. Currently as the Program Lead, agriculture with Mastercard Foundation Nigeria, she is responsible for the delivery of the foundation’s charitable objectives in the agric sector aimed at creating 7million dignified, fulfilling jobs and entrepreneurship for youth and women in agriculture over the next 10years. Previously in 2019, as Director of Finance and Investment for the Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, (A USAID funded project), She had responsibility for the facilitation of increased finance and investment from partner financial institutions to partner Agribusinesses. Earlier, as Head, AgriFinance and MSME in Diamond bank plc, Lois was responsible for setting up the special business unit and participated in many government AgriFinance committees and regularly discussing on CNBC Africa TV Closing Bells as a subject matter expert. As a consultant, Lois trained financial institution staff on Agricultural value chain Finance, policy and product developments across some West African and East African countries.
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