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Birmingham Varsity appoints Sandie Okoro as first female chancellor


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The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom has appointed British-Nigerian Sandie Okoro as its first female Chancellor.

Okoro, who is a prominent lawyer and advocate for equality rights, currently serves as group general counsel at Standard Chartered.

The appointment was disclosed in a statement by the University.

According to the UK University, Okoro, a Birmingham graduate, succeeds Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE who will step down as Chancellor in July after 10 years in the role.

“Sandie Okoro OBE brings a remarkable record of accolades recognising her contribution to diversity, equality and female rights, and is currently Group General Counsel of Standard Chartered where she leads the Bank’s Legal, Group Corporate Secretariat and Shared Investigative Services functions”, the statement partly reads.

Okoro who also served as senior vice-president and general counsel, and vice-president for Compliance, for the World Bank Group, speaking on the appointment said, “The wonderful University of Birmingham is the alma mater to three generations of the Okoros, my mum, me and my son. So my connection to it is very special indeed. I have followed the University’s outstanding progress very closely since my days there as a student on a full grant back in the 1980s – its dedication to impactful research, its focus on creating an inclusive environment for talented, minority students and educational excellence are themes very close to my heart.

“I am truly honoured and delighted to be appointed Chancellor. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to give a little something back to the amazing University that has given so very much to me and my family.”









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