Nigerian woman leading anti-bribery department at one of the largest US banks to be honored at the FACE List Awards

Francis Akhalbey July 02, 2018

Chinwe Esimai is an award-winning lawyer, author, and speaker, who is passionate about inspiring generations of immigrant women leaders. She is the Managing Director and Chief Anti-Bribery Officer at Citigroup, Inc. She is the first to hold this title at Citi.

In this role, she oversees Citi’s global Anti-Bribery program which develops and maintains an enterprise-wide framework for compliance with anti-bribery laws and regulations set out by the U.S., UK, and over 160 countries where Citi does business. Her role covers all of Citi’s lines of business and over 200,000 employees worldwide.

Promoted from Senior Vice President to Director, and subsequently, Managing Director within three short years at Citi, Chinwe has overseen global enhancements of the bank’s anti-bribery compliance program from its early beginnings to now leading a team of professionals managing anti-bribery controls across the enterprise.

Nigerian woman leading anti-bribery department at one of the largest US banks to be honored at the FACE List Awards

I’m deeply grateful to Face2Face Africa for all the important work you do, and for acknowledging and encouraging excellence in the corporate world. I view this award as an honor and as a catalyst to continue to inspire and uplift others, and to continue to drive solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, such as those posed by bribery and corruption.

– Chinwe Esimai on being honored at the FACE List Awards.

Prior to Citi, she spent a combined five years at Goldman Sachs in various regulatory risk management roles, including representing Goldman in regulatory inquiries involving the bank’s options and derivatives businesses and serving as an anti-bribery officer.

She was a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where she taught Securities Regulation, Law & Finance in Emerging Markets, and Business Associations. She began her career as a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Chinwe serves as a thought leader in her industry and speaks frequently at conferences on women and leadership, trends in anti-bribery enforcement, ethics, African economic development, and leveraging fintech to promote integrity in the public sector. She has presented three times at the United Nations, discussing Sustainable Development Goals, Africa Agenda 2063, and entrenching good governance in Africa.

Nigerian woman leading anti-bribery department at one of the largest US banks to be honored at the FACE List Awards

Chinwe shares leadership insights on her blog and through other channels such as Forbes. She is an Executive Council member of the Ellevate Network, a global network for professional women, providing opportunities for women to connect, learn, and invest in themselves.

The Nigerian Lawyers Association named Chinwe Trailblazer of the Year, an award which honors a distinguished attorney whose professional accomplishments and leadership abilities have been recognized in the legal profession (public or private service). She is Chair of the Board of Harambee USA, a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting education and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She obtained a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the City College of NY, and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Chinwe lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Join Face2face Africa as we honor Chinwe Esimai at the 2018 FACE List Awards Gala during the Pan-African Weekend on Saturday, July 14, at Capitale in New York. Click Here for Tickets and more information.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: July 2, 2018


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