Current Role: Founder of the Smart Money Africa
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Area of expertise: Media production | Writing | Wealth Management | Entrepreneurship
Interested in: Speaking 
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Arese Ugwu

Arese is a bestselling author, TV producer of the Netflix hit series “The Smart Money Woman,” and podcast host, dedicated to empowering African women to build wealth. Leveraging her background in wealth management, she creates media that educates on investment, entrepreneurship, and financial empowerment.

With two bestselling books and a successful Pan African book tour, Arese produced “The Smart Money Woman” series, featuring relatable characters navigating financial challenges. Her work provides practical strategies for wealth-building in an African context.

Arese’s media products address financial issues specific to African women, bridging the gap between financial literacy and audience needs. Collaborating with top African brands like Standard Chartered and GTBank, she connects audiences with relevant financial products.

As host of the “Smart Money Tribe Podcast,” Arese reached number one on Apple’s Top Shows Podcast List within its first week. Her influence extends to global platforms like, Bloomberg, and Forbes Africa, earning her recognition as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in 2021.

Beyond media, Arese serves as an independent director for Africa’s largest indigenous makeup brand, House of Tara International, and advisory board member for TW Magazine. She holds degrees from prestigious institutions like University College London (UCL), Aston Business School, and Lagos Business School.

Committed to breaking financial barriers for African women, Arese continues her focus on creating TV shows and media products that empower and educate.