Hello good people, welcome to this week’s edition of the Rebrand Nigeria Champion Series!
This week, we are celebrating our own, Sandie Okoro, the first black woman to be appointed as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group in 2016. In that position, she takes charge of all legal matters of the world’s leading development finance institution.
Her father was a Nigerian and her mother from Trinidad; however she was born and raised in the UK. At a very young age, she was inspired to become a judge from watching a very popular television show called, the “Crown Court.”
Notwithstanding her race which, at that time was seen as a hindrance to achieving her dream by one of her school teachers, Sandie went on to study Law and Politics at the University of Birmingham. After she graduated, she went to study at Inns of Court School of Law which is now part of the City University of London.
She began working at Lincoln’s Inn and soon after qualified as a Barrister in 1988. In the last six years, she has been awarded Honorary Doctorates in Law from City University London (2014), London Southbank University (2018) and Birmingham University (2019).
Before her appointment by the World Bank Group, she had worked at Schroders Plc; a British multinational asset management company for over 10 years. She went on to work as Global General Counsel at Barings; an international investment management firm. Seven years after, she was the General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management, Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management.
Sandie is an advocate for human rights, particularly women and minority groups. She has carried out life-changing projects that tackled the issues of gender-based violence, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, sexual harassment, child marriage, women’s access to justice, etc.
Sandie has received many awards, some of which are: Upstanding 100 Leading Ethnic Minority Executives in 2016; Top 20 Global General Counsel in 2019 by the Financial Times, Britain’s 5th Most Influential Person of African and African Caribbean Heritage by Powerlist in 2018; Beyond the Glass Ceiling Award presented by the Leadership Institute for Women of Colour Attorneys in 2019, Chambers 100 Outstanding Global General Counsels in 2019 amongst others.
Above all, we are glad to declare that Sandie Okoro is a Nigerian!
At the #UgwumbaLeadershipCenter, we are very proud of Sandie Okoro and her sterling, record-breaking achievements around the world.
Nigerians are truly great and hardworking people… what do you think?
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God bless Nigeria!!