Lily Lapenna

Founder, Former CEO and Co-Chair, MyBnk

United Kingdom


Lily Lapenna

Lily Lapenna is the founder, former CEO and Co-Chair of 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 150,000 young people in the UK and has a presence in 7 countries from France to Uganda. With her colleagues, she designed 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. In addition to her work at MyBnk, Lily is an entrepreneurial consultant with boutique consulting firm OneLeap and is an Industry Advisor for the University of Oxford. Lily is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, an Ashoka fellow and an Aspen Italian fellow. Lily enjoys mentoring start ups, exploring the gig economy and investing in her favourite types of businesses: social business and show business.

"I am delighted to be part of the Global Teacher Prize Initiative as I believe it will lead to innovation, transformation and creativity across the education sector."