Harvard Law School alumnus, Juris Doctor.

Oversees compliance with anti-bribery laws and regulations across all business lines and in over 160 countries.

Passionate speaker at the world’s leading organizations.

Passionate Global Advocate for Women Leaders.


Thought Leader, Trailblazing Corporate Executive, Inspiring Immigrant Women Leaders to Greatness.

First person to hold the title of Chief Anti-Bribery Officer at Citigroup.

The Nigerian Lawyers Association named her Trailblazer of the Year.

Chair of the Board of Harambee USA (2014-2020), a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting education and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Recipient of the 2018 Corporate Leadership Award at the Face2Face Africa gala.

St. Thomas University

Law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where she taught Securities Regulation, Law & Finance in Emerging Markets, and Business Associations.

Goldman Sachs

Served in various risk management roles, including anti-bribery and regulatory audits and inquiries.


Managing Director within three years and oversees anti-bribery risk management in over 160 countries.


Keynote Speaker

& Author

Chinwe speaks regularly at conferences, including three times at the United Nations. She is passionate about and discusses:

  • The Art of Navigating the Corporate Terrain: how to chart an innovative career.

  • Leadership Lessons from Remarkable Immigrant Women Leaders: what all women leaders can learn from them.

  • Talent as Leverage: how organizations can create and leverage high-performing talent, including diverse talent, to create winning cultures, market differentiation, and more effectively advance their missions. 

  • Global Anti-Corruption Trends

  • African Economic Development  

  • UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 

  • Africa Agenda 2063

  • Leveraging Fintech to Promote Public Sector Integrity

Chinwe has written thought leadership articles on her blog and in Forbes:


Chinwe's Press and Event Bios

Basic Bio

Chinwe Esimai is an award-winning lawyer, trailblazing corporate executive, writer, and speaker who is passionate about inspiring generations of women leaders. She is author of the upcoming book, Brilliance Beyond Borders: Five Traits of Remarkable Immigrant Women Leaders.


She is Managing Director and Chief Anti-Bribery Officer at Citigroup, Inc. She is the first person to hold this title in the bank’s history. Prior to Citi, she spent a combined five years at Goldman Sachs in various regulatory risk management roles. She served as a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She began her career as a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP. She obtained a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the City College of NY, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

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Twitter: @ChinweEsimai

Instagram: @chinweesimai


Chinwe has spoken, been featured, or quoted in the following leading publications and organizations:

To book Chinwe to speak, contact Nicole Anderson at NAL Speaker’s Bureau

Face List Awards

"Africa's Global Ambassadors" was delivered as part of "UIU Talk: A Conversation with Igbo Trailblazers" to a group of 1,000 professionals at the Umu Igbo Unite (UIU) 2018 convention. UIU is an organization that promotes cultural preservation and appreciation, professional development, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement among Igbos in the diaspora.

Face List Awards

Chinwe’s acceptance remarks at the Face List Awards Gala, where she received the Corporate Leadership award.


A true Renaissance is nothing without its teachers and scholars. Chinwe presented the Scholar of the Year Award at the Society for Africans in the Diaspora (SAiD) gala to Harvard professor, Prof. Jacob Olupona. 



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