Chinwe Esimai wears many caps, depending on what she aims to achieve. She is an award-winning lawyer, author, speaker, and the Managing Director and Chief Anti-Bribery Officer (CAO) at Citigroup, Inc., the first to hold this title at Citi.
Chinwe holds a degree in Political Science from the City College of NY, and aJ.D. from Harvard Law School.
In her role as CAO, she oversees Citi’s global Anti-Bribery programme which develops and maintains an enterprise-wide framework for compliance with anti-bribery laws and regulations set out by the U.S., UK, and the over 160 countries where Citi does business. Her role covers all of Citi’s lines of business and over 200,000 employees worldwide.
Chinwe has overseen global enhancements of the bank’s anti-bribery compliance programme from its early beginnings to now leading a team of professionals managing anti-bribery controls across the enterprise.
Chinwe’s professional career started in LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. She also had stints as a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and at Goldman Sachs in various regulatory risk management roles.
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.
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.
She is also the Chair of the Board of Harambee USA, a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting education and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.