About Chinwe

Chinwe is a Nigerian-born, Harvard-trained lawyer who is passionate about inspiring generations of immigrant women leaders. Along with her mother, three brothers, and sister, she relocated to the United States in 1995, right before college.

Chinwe graduated from the City College of New York, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She practiced as a corporate associate in New York, and has also served in a variety of regulatory compliance roles in the banking and financial services industry, including executive leadership positions.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Chinwe created this site to inspire and accompany on their leadership journeys, high-achieving women leaders who have come to the United States from all around the world “American Dream Queens,” who share a passion for excellence and success.

Immigrant women leaders do not come to the United States – indeed, we do not come into this world – to blend in. We are here to shine. — Chinwe

 

 
 

Professional Summary


Chinwe oversees Citi’s Global Anti-Bribery & Corruption (AB&C) Program, and is responsible for global AB&C governance, policy maintenance and communication, risk assessment, advisory-related activities, training, and risk-based due diligence on third parties. She was Interim Head of the AB&C Program from April - July 2013.

She was previously VP & Anti-Bribery Compliance Officer at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GSCO), and also VP in the Reg Audits & Inquiries Group at GSCO. Prior to her return to GSCO, Chinwe served as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN, where she taught Law & Finance in Emerging Markets, Securities Regulation, and Business Associations. 

Chinwe obtained her B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the City College of New York, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, she practiced as a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and a variety of capital markets transactions. Subsequently, she advised the financial services arms of MetLife, Inc. on compliance with Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules. 

She served in the Global Compliance Division at GSCO from 2006-2009, as an Axiom secondee in the CEO Certification group and as Vice President of Reg. Audits & Inquiries.

She has presented at conferences and seminars discussing various issues impacting emerging markets, including trends in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-bribery enforcement, private equity investments in Africa, financial regulation in emerging markets in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and the integration of emerging markets in global financial regulation.

She has spoken at the United Nations: at the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Global Compact on Corruptions in 2014, and at the United Nations 2016 Africa Week High Level Event: A Renewed Global Partnership for Entrenching Good Covernance and the Rule of Law in Africa.

She is the recipient of the Nigerian Lawyers Association 2015 Trailblazer Award, which honors a distinguished attorney whose professional accomplishments and leadership abilities have been recognized in the legal profession (private or public service.) 

She is Chair of the Board of Harambee USA Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is an Executive Council Member of Ellevate Network.

Specialties:U.S. securities regulation; financial regulation in emerging markets; global financial regulation; FCPA enforcement; African development; corporate law; women and leadership.

 

Experience
 

Citi
Managing Director -
Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer

January 2016 – Present

Citi
Director -
Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer

July 2013 – December 2015

Citi
Interim Head -
Global Anti-Bribery & Corruption

April 2013 – July 2013

Citi
SVP - Global Anti-Bribery & Corruption
December 2012 – April 2013

Goldman, Sachs & Co
Vice President
January 2011 – December 2012
December 2006 - May 2009

UST Law
Assistant Professor of Law
June 2009 – December 2010
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

SEC/NASD Compliance MetLife
Assistant Director,
February 2005 – December 2006
Greater New York City Area

Corporate Associate
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP
August 2003 – 2005

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Intern
('98-'00) & Summer 2000
New York, NY

Education


Harvard Law School
J.D., Law
2000 – 2003

City College of NY
B.A., Political Science
1996 – 2000