Sanda Ojiambo is a passionate and incorrigible believer in the role of business in
delivering both purpose and profit. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public
Policy and Economics and had a firm conviction to be part of transformation in the
world of development. But she also quickly realized that policy without practice
wouldn’t make sense.
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 Demining Landmines 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 5 year highly insightful 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, 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 Limited 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 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 investors.
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 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.