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Finovate Edge: Africa
26 April, 2022
Online10.10 - 12.50 CAT (BST+1)

Olufunso Somorin
Regional Principal Officer at African Development Bank


Dr. Olufunso Somorin is a Regional Principal Officer at the African Development Bank. He leads the Bank’s work on climate/green investments in the 13 countries of the Bank’s East African region. This includes supporting countries’ access to climate finance for implementing their climate actions, and mainstreaming climate change in policies and programs. In addition, he leads policy dialogues with national/regional governments on developing policy frameworks for managing local and regional economic and social issues, climate change, renewable energy, resilience and inclusive growth. In the last eight years, he has been directly involved in the design, appraisal and supervision of more than 150 development projects worth about USD 14.4 billion. He is also Director at both Profectus Capital Limited and Royal Assets Capital Limited where he supports SME financing, business advisory and strategy. Somorin is the President of Mindosphere Inc., a leadership and mentoring school for young leaders.

Somorin holds a PhD in International Environmental Policy from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is an alumnus of executive education from Bradford, Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK. He gives guest lectures at King’s College London, University of Guelph (Canada), African Leadership University (Rwanda) and Strathmore University (Kenya).

Somorin is a recipient of the 2022 Africa Program of the Eisenhower Fellowships (US).

Agenda Sessions

  • Lending 2.0; how to securely enhance the lending opportunities to foster innovation and enable African start-ups and SME growth