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Safaricom Top Management Boss Lands UN Job

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Sanda Ojiambo – a Kenyan - as The Chief Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

Being the second woman to be appointed in this capacity, Sanda will succeed Lise Kingo of Denmark to whom the Secretary‑General expressed gratefulness for her unwavering dedication and focused leadership in steering the mandate of the Global Compact and expanding its contribution to the realization of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

Sanda will assume her office on 17Th June 2020. She brings over twenty years of experience of leadership. The UN Global Compact is expected to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders thus bringing private sector’s total support to achieve its mandate.

Until her appointment, Ojiambo served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact in Safaricom Plc Kenya, a role she assumed in 2010. She was also the senior most manager of Safaricom and M-Pesa Group Foundation. During her tenure she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom plc and other organizations including UN.

During her career, Sanda initiated and maintained relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International.

Lise Kingo, who announced at the end of last year that she would be stepping down as Executive Director after five years in June, welcomed the Secretary-General's appointment. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Ojiambo has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International. Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.

(L-R) Sharan Burrow, Sanda Ojiambo and Founder and Cherie Blair (photo: zimbio.com)

Lise Kingo announced at the end of last year that she will step down in June 2020 having served as Executive Director for five years. She highly welcomed the Secretary-General's appointment say the appointment was timely and an appointment of a woman a win-win for the whole world. 

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