Meet the Speakers: 2019 Pan-African Women Forum, New York City

June 12, 2019 at 02:45 pm | Events

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

June 12, 2019 at 02:45 pm | Events

Sophie Chandauka

Sophie Chandauka, Global COO – Shared Services and Banking Operations, Morgan Stanley

Sophie is Global COO of Morgan Stanley’s Shared Services and Banking Operation. She spent four years as Head of Group Treasury (Legal) at Virgin Money leading execution of corporate finance activity in excess of £13bn, including the company’s flotation in 2014. Once a Senior Associate at global firm Baker McKenzie based in London, she advised NIKE, The Body Shop, Citi, Macquarie Bank and others. She is the recipient of many industry awards and has been featured as a business leader in the Financial Times and Sunday Times in the UK.

In September 2018, Sophie was featured in Brummell Magazine’s 2018 list of the most inspirational women in the city of London. She is an Ambassador of the 30% Club and Co-founder of the Black British Business Awards. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) – the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders and serves on its International Presence Committee with a view to increasing the number of black executives in c-suite and corporate board positions in global enterprises. She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has served on a number of charitable boards including Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity for children in Africa.

In 2018 she was recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her contribution to the Commonwealth diaspora during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Sophie was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She has studied and worked in Zimbabwe, America, Britain and Canada. She and her family currently split time between London and New York.

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