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SANDA ODJIAMBO APPOINTED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNGC

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment the appointment of Sanda Ojiambo, a leader in sustainable development innovation in Africa (Kenya), as new Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

Sanda Ojiambo will replace Liz Kingo, who has chaired the UN Global Compact since 2015, and will take up her duties on June 17, 2020, following the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the initiative. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Ojiambo has worked in partnership with the UNGC and is now ready to share her experience as an executive director of the initiative to continue mobilizing a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders and bring the full weight of the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 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. The first 11 years of her career, Ms. Ojambo devoted to the non-profit sector and cooperation with the UN, starting with CARE International in Somalia and then UNDP Somalia, responsible for programs on education, safe motherhood, environmental protection, and landmine management. In 2008, Ms. Ojambo joined Safaricom Plc, a Kenyan mobile communications company, where she led several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and the UN System organizations. Since 2010, she has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya. Ms. Ojambo inspired her company to make a corporate contribution to sustainable development through technology, innovation and partnerships. She provided technical guidance to teams that were among the first in the region to incorporate the SDGs into business strategies and reporting.

I am happy to hand over the baton to such a strong woman leader from the Global South to take the UN Global Compact into its next chapter. I have immense confidence that Sanda’s global experience, deep integrity, and inspiring vision will advance the impact of the UN Global Compact and accelerate our efforts to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. It has been my immense privilege and honour to lead the UN Global Compact and work alongside you over the past five years. Today we are the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative based on the values and principles of the United Nations, as well as a platform for the world's most forward-thinking and ambitious business leaders. I know Sanda Ojiambo, along with all of you, will lead the Global Compact to new achievements, and, indeed, no one will be left behind (Lise Kingo).

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