MY MENTOR (MRS ADEOLA AZEEZ) – CHAIRPERSON OF WIMBIZ/DEPUTY COUNTRY HEAD DEUTSCHE BANK NIGERIA

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Mrs Adeola Azeez is the Chairperson of WIMBIZ and she is also a seasoned Correspondent Banker with over 20 years expertise in Correspondent Banking. Bold and outspoken she rose to become the Deputy Country Representative/ Deputy Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Nigeria, the leading client-centric global universal bank with approximately 30 million customer accounts and activities in more than 70 countries and jurisdictions and  she is responsible for all Correspondent Banking relations thereby being amongst the first to pioneer an arm of banking previously unexplored in her country.

In her role as Deputy Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Nigeria, Mrs. Azeez oversees the bank’s business operations in the region, including managing liaisons between Deutsche Bank offshore and its client base of Nigerian banks. She has successfully guided the local financial institutional clients across the spectrum of international financial services and the myriad of challenges of correspondent banking.Mrs. Azeez’s passion for socio-economic development in Nigeria, became focused on women in particular, when in 2002, she became one of the founding members of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a non-governmental organisation that aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship and advancement across all sectors.In 2011 Mrs. Azeez was elected as the Chairperson of WIMBIZ. Even in this non-Executive capacity, her personal mantra “keep moving, keep pushing; you only get out of life what you put into it” was clearly evident.

She is an indefatigable networker per excellence who is passionate about building long lasting business networks, a Mentor and Motivational Speaker she is the current chairperson of Women in Management & Business; a female focused NGO in Nigeria, passionate about women’s economic empowerment, growthshe has aided the leadership growth of women via numerous speaking engagements.

With a B.A in Philosophy and an LL.B in Law from theUniversity of Warwick, she has built her life on her personal mantra which states “You have to keep moving, You have to keep pushing, You only get out of life, what you put into it, your life is for the living, you have to be willing, your song isn’t a song until someone starts singing”.

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