Raliat Sunmonu

Senior Director, Africa Program Management

As Senior Director, Africa Program Management, Raliat leads the expansion of key client relationships in the region. She provides advice on digital strategy, risk assessment, and other business-related areas for Accion partners and for a wide range of financial service providers; leverages external relationships to identify new engagement opportunities and oversees the development and implementation of our advisory services.

Raliat brings 20 years of experience working across Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and the USA; collaborating with business leaders, policy makers and donor agencies to lead and execute successful projects that solve big issues in areas such as financial inclusion and MSME growth.

Prior to joining Accion, Raliat was Head of Product Optimization at M-KOPA where she was instrumental in launching innovative products and services for underserved rural populations in East Africa. Raliat has also held leadership positions at IBM where she was responsible for building new partnerships and delivering transformative engagements for clients in Central, East and West Africa. Previously Raliat was Senior Manager for Services Delivery for regional telecommunications giant MTN, where she led the delivery of innovative projects that underpinned the company’s rapid expansion.

Raliat has a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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