Lily Lapenna


Lily Lapenna is the founder and Co-CEO of UK based social enterprise MyBnk.

She was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, selected as an Ashoka fellow in 2010, and named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Statesman in 2008.

Her programmes continue to win awards for excellence in financial capability and enterprise – most recently by the Centre for Social Justice, Children & Young People Now magazine and The Observer and Nesta

Together with the MyBnk team, Lily has created a series of learning programmes that range from money management workshops to the first independent youth led on-line and in-school banking scheme.

In the last six years, Lily has taken MyBnk from a single pilot project to an organisation reaching over 100,000 young people. Through a social franchise model MyBnk has expanded nationally to the South West, North East and North West of England via the Cumbria youth Alliance and Five Lamps and through consultancy internationally to Italy and beyond.
As a speaker she has passionately made the case for social enterprise, financial and enterprise education and women in leadership. She has shared her experiences at The World Economic Forum in Davos and in Brussels as well as speaking at academic institutions including: the London Business School, The University of Oxford, the Cass Business School (London), IESE Business School (Barcelona)

Lily has mentored and guided the start-up and operations of other Social Enterprises, such as Foodcycle UK.