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Nigeria: Standard Chartered Unveils Banking Academy

Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited has introduced an innovative initiative focused on advancing the professional growth of women in the banking industry. The establishment of the Standard Chartered Banking Academy reflects the bank’s dedication to enhancing workplace diversity for women and ensuring their strategic empowerment for success in the evolving financial services workforce.

Speaking about the initiative, Head of Transaction Banking, Nigeria and West in Africa at Standard Chartered Bank, Ibiyemi Okuneye, said,‘‘We are very excited to be launching the first of its kind Academy in the Nigerian Banking sector. The Standard Chartered Banking Academy aims at improving the diversity of senior management talent across the banking industry. With the support of our Academy implementation partners, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Nigeria chapter and the Association of Professional Women Bankers (APWB), the Standard Chartered Banking Academy is one way we continue to nurture the skills and talent of professional women in the banking sector and provides us with an opportunity to amplify potentials of more women toward shaping a brighter future for all of us in the sector. For us at Standard Chartered, the academy is one of the many avenues through which we continue to reiterate that we are here for good, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on all our beneficiaries and the financial services sector as a whole”.

The inaugural cohort of the program will concentrate on enhancing the skills and capabilities of female professionals in the field of Transaction Banking across West Africa. This opportunity is available to both Standard Chartered Bank staff and female employees from other banks and financial service organizations.

Ibiyemi added that, “For us at Standard Chartered Bank, we’re not just banking on the future; we’re proactively building it. In an ever-evolving financial landscape, having a skilled, diverse and innovation talent pool is the key to the industry’s growth and resilience.”

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