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Lily Lapenna

Founder and Chair, MyBnk


Lily Lapenna is the founder, former CEO and Co-Chair of financial and enterprise education social enterprise MyBnk. As a result of setting up MyBnk, Lily was named Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Statesman. MyBnk now reaches 160,000 young people in the UK and has a presence in 7 countries from France to Uganda. With her colleagues, she designed and delivered education programmes that continue to win awards for excellence, most recently by the Centre for Social Justice, The Observer and Nesta. Prior to MyBnk, she worked in social impact and innovation for 7 years across Europe, Africa and Asia for organisations such as BRAC. After having successfully campaigned to include financial education into the secondary school curriculum, she now sits on the Money Advice Service’s Financial Capability Board, responsible for the UK's financial capability strategy.
As well as being leadership coach, Lily is now working in the gig economy as a consultant with boutique consulting firms where she develops and delivers leadership development programmes for middle to senior management within FTSE 100 companies.
She is also an Industry Advisor for the University of Oxford where she develops and delivers educational programmes on Social Impact.
Lily is a speaker on the themes of entrepreneurship, women in leadership, innovation in business at academic institutions, business events including the World Economic Forums and for radio and TV.
Lily is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, an Ashoka fellow and an Aspen Italian fellow. Lily enjoys mentoring start ups and investing in her favourite types of businesses: social business and show business.