Kenyan Sanda Ojiambo appointed UN Global Compact Under-Secretary-General –
Sanda Ojiambo, a Kenyan administrator, has been appointed under-secretary-general of the UN Global Compact.
Ojiambo’s appointment to the post was announced by UN Secretary General António Guterres.
She served as the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact for the past two years, leading the formulation and implementation of an acceleration plan to increase collective global business impact; respect the ten principles of the Global Compact and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Ojiambo brings over 20 years of experience to this position spanning the development, United Nations and private sector sectors,” the United Nations said in a statement.
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“Ojiambo will be responsible for leading the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, building the strategic partnerships needed to drive impact and advocacy locally and globally. She will advise the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General on private sector contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations engagement with business, and key organizational partnerships with the private sector,” says the press release. read in part.
She will also manage and organize the UN Global Compact’s participation in UN inter-agency issues, engage with key multilateral and international organizations and establish new and innovative collaborations with the corporate sector.
She was previously Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact at Safaricom PLC, where she oversaw the execution of various local and global public-private partnership initiatives between telecom operators and United Nations organizations.
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Ojiambo has also worked for IPPF Africa, UNDP Somalia and CARE Somalia, where she led public policy and capacity building projects in various fields.
She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international development from McGill University in Canada.
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