Paul Omoregie Okundaye
Paul Omoregie Okundaye is an MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School and this year’s Financial Inclusion Panel Director and Moderator.
Paul was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria before he moved to Canada in his teens where he earned an undergraduate degree at the Ivey Business School at Western University.
While at Ivey, he founded Dine Easy, a food delivery social enterprise, and co-founded Ubuntu Impact, a student-led consulting organization that matches students from Ivey and African universities to consult for local startups across East and West Africa.
Prior to Harvard, he worked as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company, where he developed the 5-year digital growth strategy for one of Canada’s top 5 banks, and did a stint as a Growth Strategy and M&A Manager at Microsoft.
According to the World Bank “Financial inclusion means that individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs, delivered in a responsible and sustainable way”. Current estimates show about ~55% of Africa’s population is unbanked and ~40% are living in poverty. Fortunately, novel financial technologies and innovative banking systems have begun to revolutionize this dynamic in recent times. This panel will explore three main themes: 1) What does financial inclusion mean in Africa, who exactly has been excluded historically and why is it important to bring them in? 2) What is the responsibility of industry participants to drive financial inclusion and help lift the continent out of poverty? 3) What does the future of Financial Inclusion in Africa look like?