Kenyan business leader Sanda Ojiambo taked over from Lise Kingo on 17 June 2020 as head of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative
“I am honoured by this appointment from the Secretary-General to carry the mission of the UN Global Compact forward in its efforts to mobilize businesses through its Ten Principles and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Sanda Ojiambo. “I congratulate Lise Kingo for her exemplary leadership over the last five years and look forward to joining the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative very soon.”
UNITED NATIONS, New York –Sanda Ojiambo of Kenya is the new Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.
As the second woman to be appointed in the role, she succeeded Lise Kingo of Denmark to whom the UN Secretary‑General is deeply grateful for her dedication and strategic leadership in steering the work of the Global Compact and broadening its contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
After taking over the mantle as CEO & Executive Director at the United Nations Global Compact #LeadersSummit, Sanda Ojiambo now begins her journey leading the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative into its next phase.
Ms. Ojiambo, who was appointed last May 22 by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and assumed the role on 17 June 2020, will bring 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact in its next phase to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders and bring the full weight of the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ms. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations. Throughout her career, she 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.
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