Nimi Akinkugbe recently left Barclays where she was Regional Director (West Africa) Wealth & Investment Management at Barclays and Chief Country Officer for Nigeria to embrace a more flexible consulting role. Prior to this, she spent over two decades at Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc where she was General Manager and Head, Private Client Services and a Director of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd.
Nimi is passionate about encouraging financial independence. Through articles, speaking engagements, television and radio appearances, she offers frank, practical insights to create a greater awareness and understanding of personal finance and wealth management issues. Through these learning events she is able to empower people to take responsibility for this important aspect of their lives.
She is the personal finance columnist for Genevieve Magazine a leading Nigerian women's lifestyle magazine and contributes articles to Business Day and The Punch Newspapers personal finance and family columns. Her articles have appeared in a host of other newspaper publications, websites and blogs including 234 Next, Bella Naija, Lagos Mums, Eden Lifestyle and more recently a Kenyan publication, The Edition, a magazine centred on Kenya's career culture.
Nimi holds a Bachelors Degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MBA from Lagos Business School. She also formalised her interest in music by obtaining a Piano Teaching Diploma (ARCM) from The Royal College of Music, London. She is a member of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Artistes Committee.
She is a Director of The Play Pen (Child Development Centre), The Daisy Management Centre and Bestman Games Ltd. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ajumogobia Science Foundation and a member of the Executive Council of Women in Management & Business (WIMBIZ).
In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, writing, travel, boating and orchid gardening. She is married with 3 children.