Sanda Ojiambo is a passionate and incorrigible believer in the role of business in delivering both purpose and profit. She graduated with a Masters degree in Public Policy and Economics and had the firm conviction to be part of transformation in the world of development policy and practice.
Sanda spent the first 11 years of her career working in the NGO sector and the United Nations, starting off in CARE International in Somalia and moving to UNDP Somalia, leading programmes in diverse areas such as Safe Motherhood, Education, Environmental Conservation, Governance and Landmine Demining. Some highlights from her time in Somalia include being part of the team that delivered Somalia’s first United Nations Human Development Report which was used extensively to guide development funding to Somalia and starting up some of the first ever reproductive health programmes in Somaliland.
After a highly insightful five-year sojourn in Somalia, Sanda moved on to IPPF Africa Regional Office, a pan-African NGO that focused on women’s health and rights. She provided technical advisory for service delivery, financial management, governance and advocacy and enjoyed the challenges of working in and through 40 countries across Africa over a further five years.
In 2008, Sanda joined Safaricom Plc, a leading regional telecommunications company with a clear desire to drive corporate contribution to the development and sustainability agenda, through technology, innovation and partnerships. She is proud of the contributions that Safaricom has made in terms of pioneering the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their business strategy and the delivery of the first ever True Value reports for an Africa corporate, both of which are of immense interest to their broad ecosystem of stakeholders.
Sanda leads the Corporate Responsibility Department that coordinates the integration of the SDGs, Sustainability Reporting, Technology for Development Products and the Safaricom and MPESA Foundations. She is continuously excited and challenged by the fact that the Corporate Responsibility agenda is a future oriented one, addressing key material issues such as human rights, governance and anti-corruption all through a business lens.