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Sandie Okoro appointed as World Bank Group’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel | President Buhari Congratulates her



Sandie Okoro

Sandie Okoro

President  of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim early this month announced the appointment of a Nigerian-Briton, Sandie Okoro as the Group’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

“Sandie Okoro is a highly regarded thought leader with a strong track record of developing new legal approaches in the field of international finance. 

Her experience managing legal and financial risks at global financial institutions will make her a great asset for the Bank Group and our Boats,” Kim was quoted as saying.

Following  appointment, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a message by his Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, congratulated Okoro on her appointment.

The President described Okoro’s track record in the banking sector as impressive, which has brought a rekindled hope that “Nigerians in the Diaspora with the right atmosphere, are professionally excellent”.

“Having followed her excellent track records in making Nigeria proud as a nation, there is no doubt in my mind that the sky is your beginning,’’ Buhari said.

Okoro is currently the Global General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management. She is also Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management and a member of the Executive Management Committee of HSBC Global Asset Management.

Before joining HSBC, Okoro was Global General Counsel at Barings. She has also been appointed to the Management Board and Panel of Experts of The Hague-based Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance, which assists with the settlement of international disputes of complex financial transactions.

Okoro played a leadership role during the financial crisis particularly in respect to the mitigation of counterparty risk exposure.

Okoro has received several accolades for her work and volunteer efforts. Most recently, in July 2016, she was named as one of the 100 Women to Watch by the Female FTSE Board.

As World Bank Group Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Okoro will be the principal adviser and spokesperson on all legal matters. She will also serve as the legal adviser to the Board, management, the Inspection Panel, and the CEO of the Global Environmental Facility Program.

Okoro will lead the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency, which is responsible for all legal services provided to internal and external clients.

President also congratulated Nnemkadi Ogwunike, a Nigerian, who received the award as the 2016 Most Valuable Player of U.S. Women’s National Basketball Association.

“We were even more excited to learn that you have led your team to clinch the 2016 League Championships, a feat that hasn’t been achieved by your team, the Los Angeles Sparks, since 2003.

It is even more befitting and admirable that, as a true African and Nigerian daughter, you have set a remarkable example for your younger Sister, Chiney Ogwunike.

She (Chiney) joined you to make world history in 2014, when selected by the Connecticut Sun as the Number One draft pick achieved by your team, the Los Angeles Sparks, since 2003.

The legacy you began in 2012, with your selection by the Los Angeles Sparks, making both of you, the second set of siblings to ever be selected number one in any American Sports.

I am truly proud of both of you, and urge you to continue to extol the virtues and strengthen of Nigerian heritage. Your shinning example serves as inspiration to the youths of Nigeria,” Buhari said.


  1. The Real Oma

    November 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    News like this make me so happy. Congrats lady, we are proud of you!

  2. Tiv Girl

    November 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    BN they are the Ogwumike sisters, not Ogwunike!

  3. Sisi

    November 23, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Dope, big congrats

  4. Intellij

    November 23, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Congratulations Sandie.

  5. Missy J

    November 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Congrats Ma’am!!
    #Hehehe..let me famze small oh#?
    The Ogwumike sisters are just so nice. Being opportuned to meet with them I can say they’re so humble.And yep….Nnemkadi is a star player. ?

  6. Diddie

    November 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Congrats Sandra Okoro

  7. Chaimo

    November 23, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    From Ngozi Okonjo Iweala who managed world bank to Oby Ezekwesili who was vice president for Africa to Arunma Oteh who is world bank vice president for africa to Sandie Okoro Senior Vice President & General Counsel.

    To Ogwumike’s congratulations Igbo nwere madu

    Igbo parades highest numbers human resources in Nigeria.

    • Feminist

      November 24, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      What I noticed was that they are all women, and not the Igbo part. I’m Igbo by the way.

  8. Ijebujesha

    November 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    You just have to respect Igbo people. A people so maligned, hated, haunted, a land occupied against the will of its owners…amidst all of it, they soar and soar……Igbo Kwenu…This Yoruba guy loves and admire you so very much..

    • Ozyy

      November 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

      You’ve said it..I just recently learnt how the ibos have been sidelined in this country..remarkable achievements from these women.

  9. Ralia

    November 24, 2016 at 4:00 am

    The internal memo sent to staff said Ms Okoro is a British national. But let’s famz her.

    • Icrossmyheart

      November 24, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Yeah. I am sure there were British national of Yoruba, Hausa, Zulu, Ndembele, Basotho descent and YET IT WAS A BRITISH NATIONAL OF IBO ORIGINS THAT GOT THE POSITION.

  10. sally

    November 24, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Congrats ladies…..u inspire me…Now this is news not every time relationship n marriage palaver #breathOfFreshAir

  11. Truth

    November 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Consider giving the finance management to Igbo ladies FG , so we get the hell out of these mess. Soludo, Ngozi, Oby, now The Okoro’s. If Igbo man can successed in business after taking all that belongs to them both housings and money in bank leaving them with 20 naira each which couldn’t carry them on after Biafra, their kids dropped out of school, hunger etc which is the reason why most ended in business, and today an average Igbo man is ok in their family , nigeria should consider finance management fully handed to them igbos. I really respect them igbos ! Unshakable tribe!

  12. Chivalry

    November 24, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Igbos and tribalism…very slim difference in definition…

    • Ekene

      November 24, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Hit your head on the wall and have 10 bottles of haterode

    • Icrossmyheart

      November 24, 2016 at 10:49 am

      And yet it was on a website owned by an Igbo who is married to a Yoruba that promoted many Yoruba weddings, accomplishments and co. The same Igbo more likely to travel far and wide in many underdeveloped parts of Nigeria to provide service. The same Igbo that Yorubas and Hausas and other ethnic groups in the country have prevented from taking power. And YET THEY ARE THE MOST TRIBALIST. Hahahahahahahahaha.

      You work in an office dominated by Yorubas and Hausas and they are more likely to speak their language at the expense of the non-speakers. In an Igbo office, you better not speak Igbo if there is someone in the room who does noy speak or understand. And YET THEY ARE THE MOST TRIBALIST. Hahahhahaahahahahahhahaa

  13. Tosin

    November 24, 2016 at 7:05 am

    High-flier l’omo. Nice.

  14. Darius

    November 24, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I agree! Igbo people are doing remarkably well. If you go to the East, you won’t believe it was the same region a brutal civil war was fought. They are indeed enterprising. Their love for money though…( out of this world). I had to be cheated innumerable times to get smart. To succeed in Igbo land, you have to be shrewd, not so god-fearing, talkative and smart.

    • Icrossmyheart

      November 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Hahahhaahaha because in Yoruba land where they fear God they dont cheat in their wives, they hate money so much, and they dont dupe people. Yeah!!!

    • Icrossmyheart

      November 24, 2016 at 10:50 am


  15. Ade

    November 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Truly happy and inspired. Sad about the fact that these people were *made*. and developed outside Nigeria. We are congratulating an MVP that the USA has invested value and time on. We can’t just claim people because they happen to have a Nigerian name… so much needs to be done in Nigeria though we need to stay positive but when will a Nigerian born and bred without any education abroad be able to achieve these heights. God help us…..

  16. Ekene

    November 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Story. They are Nigerians. What of Ngozi that had his early education here ? Aruma Otteh and Oby that have all their educations here. Shift joor because they are Igbos you want to create another heritage for them.

    • Ade

      November 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Ngozi went to mit and Harvard darling…. just google.. what do you use from your early education really??

  17. nnenne

    November 24, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations ladies!
    More role models for Nigerian youths

  18. i'm just saying

    November 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Your ancesstors sold people from other tribes to whitemen to develop their countries while we remained undeveloped. A black woman has done this achievement but no… keep fighting tribal wars like your ancestors and watch Nigeria go down daily

  19. chaimo

    November 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Nnamdi Kanu is also a. British national but in detention in Nigeria

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