Arese Ugwu

Arese Ugwu is the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking *The Smart Money Woman*,
the financial-chick-lit novel that has taken Africa by storm. She is helping young Africans
discover their power to build their future and make smarter money decisions through Smart
Money Africa, a personal finance platform for the African millennial, engaging young Africans
on the importance of financial literacy and the impact it has on helping them get money, keep
money, and grow money.
Using the best of traditional and new media, Arese’s work appears in newspapers, on
television, websites, social media, online videos, and through her book—all to reach her
audience with accessible content that explains and navigates Africa’s unique financial
landscape, delivering practical knowledge.
Her work in ensuring financial literacy for Africa’s youth has not gone unnoticed. In 2015 she
was a finalist for Access Bank’s W Awards for Young Professional of the Year; in 2016, she won
Rémy Martin’s Pacesetter award and was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for
She serves on several boards including House of Tara, and the Nigeria Higher Education
Foundation as a non-executive director, and is also an associate member of WIMBIZ, serving on
its planning committee since 2015. Arese also holds an MSc in Economic Development from
University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Business and Management from Aston Business
School, Birmingham. She is also an alumna of the of the Lagos Business School, INSEAD Abu
Dhabi, and The London School of Business executive education programs.