Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan

  • Head, Sustainability Access Bank Plc

Omobolanle is a change maker in the field of sustainability and communications spanning various industries including manufacturing, media, and the financial sector. She has pioneered many notable sustainability focused initiatives, placing Nigeria and the financial sector on the global map. Omobolanle initiated and led the development of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP), and being the only West African on a global team that developed the Global Principles for Responsible Banking released by UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative). In 2020, as Head of Sustainability at Access Bank, she led the Bank to become the first Sustainability-Certified Commercial Bank in Africa under the Sustainability Standards and Certification Initiative (SSCI) championed by the European Organization for Sustainable Development. Her pioneering work has achieved the following recognition: * Sustainability ICON of the Year 2021 - Industry Summit Awards * Most Outstanding Sustainability Professional of the Year 2021 & 2020 - BrandCom * 2021 & 2020 Award for Outstanding Female Sustainability Professional of the Year - WIMCA * 2020 Top 50 Women in Marketing & Communications * 2019 Shenomics Award * Most Outstanding Sustainability Practitioner in Africa Award 2017, 2018 - Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs). Omobolanle has continuously provided support in establishing partnerships with local and international organizations/networks to fund high impact projects. These projects are aimed at accelerating the impact of interventions focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. These projects have reached millions of people and helped them to lead healthy, productive, and sustainable lives. She enjoys lending her skills, talent and resources to initiatives that contribute to sustainable development. * Co-Chair - Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa * Board member - United Nations Global Compact Local Network Nigeria * Board member - the OVL Foundation * Board member - Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria * Member - S&P Global Sustainable Finance Scientific Council * Member - Sustainability Standards and Certification Initiative Council * Member - Nigeria Circular Economy Working Group An executive member of the Access Women Network (AWN), Omobolanle is an advocate for youth and women empowerment. She mentors and is the Chair of Women in Development and Sustainability, a not-for-profit organisation which primarily utilizes mentorship and customized education to support the development of women.