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Olayinka David-West


Olayinka David-West is a Professor of Information Systems. She has over three decades of experience in the IT and financial services industry and is a passionate advocate for, and thought leader on, digital transformation and inclusive finance.

Olayinka is Associate Dean at the Lagos Business School (LBS) and a member of the school’s governance body. For almost a decade, she served as Academic Director of the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), providing capacity building and enterprise support services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. She currently leads the Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services (SIDFS) initiative, a research, capacity building, engagement and advocacy initiative dedicated to enhancing financial inclusion in Nigeria.

She has expert certifications in financial inclusion policy and digital money, is a governing council member of the Fintech Association of Nigeria and a member of the African Women in Finance and Payments. She mentors young women in STEM and was featured in the Tech Women of Lagos exhibition. Olayinka has been listed among the Leading Women in Nigeria’s Financial Technology Industry and profiled in Fintech Times as a leading expert on financial inclusion in Africa.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), Manchester Business School
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Business Systems Analysis and Design, City University, London
Recent Work
Insurance regulation and innovation: An assessment of 8 African insurance markets
To support regulatory authorities in sub-Saharan Africa in promoting inclusive insurance market development, there is a ...
Data insights in achieving retail growth in Rwanda
The retail and trade (merchant) sector is one of the priority sectors for the ...
Enhancing identity verification for refugees in Uganda
In Uganda, refugees and asylum seekers struggle to cash out their remittances due to challenging and time-consuming identity verification processes...
Training improves ability to unlock value from data
Capacity-development is a vital part of the ...
What will it take to build innovative insurance markets in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Despite the best efforts of sub-Saharan African (SSA) insurers, most African citizens ...
Lessons on improving remittance access in Africa
Learnings from the ...
Agriculture an important policy priority for Rwanda
Agriculture plays a major role in the Rwandan economy: close to 75% of the population’s livelihood depends on farming. However, the majority of t...
Cenfri joins the Smart Africa Alliance
Kigali, Monday 29th August 2022  – The ...
Responsive and responsible regulation
The value of non-legally binding guidance Regulation is ...
CBDC for emerging markets: realities and expectations
Cenfri has deepened its work on CBDC amid growing interest from central banks ...
What is data-driven decision making and what does it mean for Rwanda?
Nothing illustrates the incredible power of data-driven decision-making more than the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Lamenting the disparit...
Holistic risk solutions for MSME resilience in Egypt
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Egypt Micro, small and medium-sized ent...
Building a data skills foundation is necessary to achieve meaningful digitalisation
One of the reasons so much emphasis is placed on digitalisation is...
Private sector partnerships for MSME resilience: Learnings from Africa
Opportunities await insurers and tech providers who are willing to work together ...
Insurance Innovation Dialogue
About the Insurance Innovation Dialogue  To support insurance regulatory authorities ...
The role of different partners for effective MSME insurance
Insurers can partner with digital platforms, lenders and insurance aggregators to offer better products that...
Delivering remittances at the last mile
The role of...
Applying a gender lens to trade finance
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered engines of economic growth and development, especially in developing ...
Enhancing risk assessment processes for improved remittance access
Early insights from IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances and Cenfri Our work wi...
The role of women and finance in climate action
A changing climate affects everyone, but it’s the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, predominantly women and girls, who bear the brunt of env...
Opportunities for remittance-linked insurance products in SSA
A demand-side perspective of the risk management and resilience needs of remittance senders from South Africa to G...
Digitalizing farm to table supply chains in Asia
On-demand transport services and insurtech  Whether as a customer or...
Empowering people to solve problems that matter
How Cenfri makes systemic change happen In helping to build...
Consumer protection in digital finance
The authors of this report would like to acknowledge the support of the International Dialogue on Consumer Protection...