Folake Shasanya

Folake Shasanya is the Head of New and Strategic Channels, EMEA at SVB. A newly established global business area at SVB, NSC is mandated to increase our clients’ probability of success in the innovation economy by improving access to information, network and capital for overlooked and underestimated founders.

Folake joined SVB in July 2019 as Head of EMEA Warehouse Financing where she established a new high growth business are for the Fintech practice, providing scaleable debt solutions in the form of structured warehouse financing.

A 15 year veteran in structured finance, Folake previously led acquisition financing at Royal Bank of Scotland (NatWest Markets) providing funding solutions to non-bank lenders and private equity firms. She was also director of the credit division at SIFMA helping to shape regulatory and market structures in the fall out of the Global Financial Crisis. She began her finance career in 2005 as a structurer in the asset backed financing group at Credit Suisse, having joined under a special winter internship program and never looked back.

Folake is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship propelling SMEs led by under-represented minorities across the global Afro Caribbean diaspora. She is an advisor board member for Little Tigers Football Club, and Investment Eight, an initiative to educate and encourage women in Africa into investing.

Folake earned a BEng Hons in Computer Systems Engineering at a postgraduate in Financial Mathematics at Cass Business School, London.
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