Sanda Ojiambo, Safaricom’s head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact effective 17 June 2020.
She brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact in its next phase to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders. For instance, she has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact at Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010 and as Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010.
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.
Ms. Ojiambo succeeds Lise Kingo and becomes the second woman to head the UN Global Compact. Ms. Kingo will hand over to the new Executive Director on 16 June at the virtual UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.
UN Global Compact calls for the alignment of business operations and strategies with ten universal principles. These include human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption thus motivates companies to integrate SDGs into their business strategy.