Founding President, MyBnk
Lily Lapenna’s passion for youth empowerment has led her to work on youth-focused social projects throughout the world. She is the Founder and Chief Executive of MyBnk, a UK-based social enterprise that gives young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively manage their money and to make enterprising choices in their lives. MyBnk has created a set of educational programmes that have engaged 60,000 young people in the United Kingdom. Through a social franchise model and a consulting arm, MyBnk has expanded internationally,from Italy to China. In 2012, the Centre for Social Justice awarded MyBnk the ‘Prevention of Debt’ Award, recognising us as an organisation helping people out of poverty and dependence, and into a life of independence. MyBnk was also named by The Observer and NESTA as the NO.1 new radical project in Britain. Lapenna is an Ashoka Fellow and in 2008 she was appointed ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the New Statesman. She speaks regularly at international conferences and enjoys mentoring start-up social entrepreneurs.