Safaricom’s Sanda Ojiambo Lands Prestigious UN Job

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The outgoing Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Lise Kingo (L) with Sanda Ojiambo in September 2018 in New York.
Safaricom’s Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact Sanda Ojiambo was on Friday, May 22, appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment Ojiambo, who is the second woman to take up that position.

“She will succeed,” said Lise Kingo of Denmark who has been praised by the Secretary-General for her dedication and strategic leadership in steering the work of global compact and broadening its contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The outgoing Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Lise Kingo (L) with Sanda Ojiambo in September 2018 in New York.

Credit: UNGC

Ojiambo is expected to assume her role on June 17, 2020.

She has served as Safaricom’s Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact since.

Before that, she was the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organisations.  

“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,” reads part of the statement by the United Nations Global Compact.

Ojiambo has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota in the United States of America (USA).

In addition, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.

The United Nations Global Compact was launched in July 2000 and is the Secretary-General’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and motivates companies to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their core business strategy and operations. 

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It is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world with over 10,000 corporate and 3,000 non-business participants from over 160 countries engaged through 68 local networks.

Sanda Ojiambo (Pictured) appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

Sanda Ojiambo (Pictured) appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

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