Standard Chartered appoints Dr. Sandie Okoro as Group General Counsel

Standard Chartered (the Group) announced on January 13 the appointment of Dr. Sandie Okoro as Group General Counsel. She will be reporting to Group CEO, Bill Winters and be based in the UK. Sandie Okoro will join the Standard Chartered Group in early-April 2022. She replaces David Fein, who retired as Group General Counsel at […]

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Paula Kahumbu becomes the first National Geographic explorer to join the organisation’s Board of Directors

Kenyan national Paula Kahumbu is one of five new members of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, the renowned 134-year-old organisation. The five new members, whose appointments were announced on 12 January, took up their positions on 1 January. The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organisation specialising in geography, archaeology, […]

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Gabonese Huguette Oyini appointed Regional Director of BGFI Bank group in Central Africa

She is responsible for overseeing BGFI Bank’s subsidiaries in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea and Central Africa. The BGFI Bank Group describes itself as the leading financial group in the CEMAC zone and the leader in its domestic market, Gabon, as well as in the Republic […]

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka appointed Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg

The Council of the University of Johannesburg (UJ)  announced on January 10 the appointment of former United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, as its new Chancellor. Her five-year term of office will run from 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2027. She will succeed Professor Njabulo Ndebele, whose […]

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Ambroise Wonkam, World Renowned Geneticist and Sickle Cell Disease Exper,now leads Genetic Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins

South African geneticist, of Cameroonian origin, Ambroise Wonkam, M.D., Ph.D., D.Med.Sc., has been selected as Johns Hopkins Medicine’s director of the Department of Genetic Medicine and the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. He leads the department since January 1, succeeding David Valle, M.D., who will remain on the Johns Hopkins faculty and continue research and […]

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Senegalese Ababacar Diaw appointed CEO of Allianz Insurance Company Ghana Limited Non-Life

The appointment of Ababacar Diaw, currently deputy managing director of Allianz Africa Services and regional head of protection and resilience at Allianz Africa, will be effective on 17 January, subject to necessary approvals, Allianz said. Ababacar Diaw succeeds Darlington Munhuwani who will pursue other opportunities outside the Allianz Group. Ababacar is currently based in Abidjan, […]

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Eric Odhiambo and Chinedu Ikwudinma promoted at Ecobank

Kenya’s Eric Odhiambo has been appointed executive director of Ecobank’s corporate and investment banking arm, while Nigeria’s Chinedu Ikwudinma is the new Group Chief Risk Officer. Eric Odhiambo replaces Akin Dada, who recently retired at the age of 60. Prior to his appointment, Eric Odhiambo was the Group Chief Risk Officer since September 2017, when […]

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Leyla Gozo appointed Executive Secretary of the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development

In a press release issued on Wednesday 5 January and signed by its President, Antoinette Sassou N’Guesso, First Lady of the Republic of Congo, the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD), headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, announced the appointment of Leyla Gozo, from Togo, as its new Executive Secretary, effective 1 January. Formerly […]

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Thembinkosi Moses Madondo appointed Managing Director of De Beers Group Managed Operations

De Beers Group announced, on December 14, the appointment of  the South African Thembinkosi Moses Madondo as Managing Director of De Beers Group Managed Operations, effective from 1 January 2022, following the announcement that Nompumelelo ‘Mpumi’ Zikalala will leave the business to take up the position of CEO of Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore business. […]

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Full Professorship for Patricia Kingori: A Historic First for Oxford

Oxford University announced Dec. 13 that its senior research fellow, Patricia Kingori has, this term, become one of the youngest women to be awarded a full professorship in Oxford’s 925-year history and the youngest Black professor at Oxford or Cambridge. Professor Kingori, a sociologist based at Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and […]

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Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy is Spotify’s new Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Originally from Rwanda, Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy has held this position since November 2021. She has lived for long periods in Ethiopia, France, Kenya and South Africa, where she still resides. Prior to her appointment, Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy was head of Meta’s (formerly Facebook) strategic media partnerships with media in sub-Saharan Africa. Her team worked with news, entertainment […]

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IBM appoints Julia Carvalho as General Manager for IBM Growth Markets in Africa

IBM announced on Wednesday, December 15, the appointment of Julia Carvalho as general manager of IBM Growth Markets, Africa. Julia Carvalho, IBM said, will be responsible for IBM”s business operations, partner ecosystem development and customer satisfaction in several regions of Africa. “With a focus on the partner ecosystem in Africa, Ms. Carvalho will lead efforts […]

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