Our Guest Mentor:
Taiwo Okwor is a Vice President of Finance at Africa Finance Corporation where she is focused on investing in infrastructure investments and development across multiple sectors including (natural resources, oil and gas, mining, power, transportation and heavy industries) across Africa. She has worked in several leading financial institutions and has been involved in transactions in multiple jurisdictions including the UK, Europe, Middle East and North America. Taiwo also founded Femme-Minty an educational platform that is focused on promoting financial education for women to develop strong financial foundation and build financial wealth.
Femme-minty was created by Taiwo’s desire to deepen her involvement in the developing world, particularly her home continent of Africa and intensify change in the lives of women to make smart financial decisions and become financially independent. Femme-minty offers relatable educational resources for women of all ages. Their mission is simple: To help women to become money confident and equip them to make the best financial decisions for themselves, their community and society at large.
Taiwo holds a CFA designation and is based out of Lagos, Nigeria.
Key Quotes From the Episode:
[On strength of finance qualification] “I would say the accounting gives you that good foundation being able to transition or pivot into other areas.” [07:44]
[On why people choose development finance] “a lot of people who find it fascinating because they want to find meaning in what they do.”[10:12]
“We make … 8 to 10 money decisions every day.” [12:39]
(Other resources and how to connect with Taiwo below).
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Key Points From the Episode:
– The strong foundations of accounting & finance enabling it easier to transition into investment & development Finance
– On the work Taiwo is leading with Femme-Minty and improving our education & confidence when talking about money
– On the main blockers to people becoming a bit more financially savvy and making more confident financial decisions
Time Stamped Show Notes
[02:40] – Taiwo shares his career journey in investment & development finance and deconstructs what that looks like.
[05:10] – How to make sure people are putting the right focus on infrastructure development and where the ‘leap frog’ happened in Africa at the moment but why there’s also a huge infrastructure deficit ($500bn investment required a year)
[06:49] – The strong foundations of accounting & finance enabling it easier to transition into investment Finance
[08:27] – How to get into investment finance and development finance of other emerging markets.
[10:45] – On adjusting to work life between London and Lagos
[11:57] – On the work Taiwo is leading with Femme-Minty and improving our education & confidence when talking about money.
[13:40] – On the main blockers to people becoming a bit more financially savvy and making more confident financial decisions
[16:15] – Why we’re perhaps uncomfortable talking about money
[20:08] – The two best bits of advice Taiwo ever received
[20:48] – Resources Taiwo recommends our audience check out
[22:06] – How best to connect with Taiwo
[22:55] – Taiwo’s parting thoughts on the good conversation
Website: Femme-Minty https://www.femme-minty.com/
Podcast: How I Built This with Guy Raz https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this?t=1601644312450
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