Bolaji Agbede, Head of Human Resources - Access Bank Plc

Bolaji is a professional with over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector. She has been recognized numerously for successfully and effectively handling key responsibilities influential to the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives.

She joined Access Bank Plc in 2003 from GT Bank Plc as an Assistant General Manager and currently serves as the Head, Group Human Resources. Bolaji has played a key role in the shaping and development of strategies that have led to the transformation of the Bank’s reputable human capital. As an avid promoter of gender equality and equity, she introduced initiatives such as the paternity leave, six months’ maternity leave, the Bank’s Crèche and Access Women Network, amongst others.

In her career, she has affirmed herself as an expert in mergers and acquisitions as she has been instrumental in successfully leading the people integration in three of the most successful mergers and acquisitions undertaken in the financial sector in the past two decades. In 2005, she led the successful people integration of Marina International Bank and Capital Bank. Also, in 2012, she played a key role in Access Bank’s acquisition of Intercontinental Bank Plc. Drawing from her experience, she was once again responsible for leading the people integration following the recent successful merger between Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.

Bolaji serves on the Board of several credible non-governmental organizations, offering her expertise, skills and resources to initiatives that contribute to women empowerment, capacity building and leadership. These organizations include ROWAA Widows Initiative and Propel Grad, amongst others.