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"Nigerian Woman, Sandie Okoro Appointed World Bank Vice President and General Counsel

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The President of World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim has announced the appointment of Sandie Okoro as their Group Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

The daughter of a Nigerian father and a Trinidadian mother, Sandie who is a UK citizen is currently the Global General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management and the Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management.

She is also a member of the Executive Management Committee of HSBC Global Asset Management.

Before she joined HSBC, Sandie was the Global General Counsel at Barings.

She was also 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.

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

With several awards for her work and volunteer efforts, Sandie was, in July 2016, named as one of the 100 Women to Watch by the Female FTSE Board.

Speaking about her wealth of experience in managing legal and financial risks at global financial institutions, the World Bank President noted that Sandie would be a great asset for the Bank Group and their 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.”

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