Standard Chartered Senior Legal Counsel for Global Banking and Commercial Banking, Africa and Middle East Angela Ochumba has been selected to be one of the 100 laureates of the 2021 French African Young Leaders Program. Angela is the only East African chosen in the Financial Services Category and one of the four Kenyans overall selected to join the 2021 Young Leaders Program. The other 3 Kenyans were selected in Education, Media & Entertainment and Public Affairs categories respectively.
The French African Young Leaders Program selects 100 most promising and high-potential talents between 28 and 40 within the France and African economic, political, academic, social and cultural ecosystem for leadership training and networking in France and Africa. The 100 young leaders will meet with major stakeholders from corporations, SMEs, mid-level business, start-ups, and members of key associations and institutions in France and Africa to explore answers to France’s and Africa’s biggest questions of the day.
Angela hailed her selection as a key highlight of her corporate career in financial and legal services. “It is a critical highlight of my career and an achievement that could not have come at a better time. I look forward to utilizing this opportunity to challenge the narrative around leadership; opening doors that I wouldn’t otherwise access and participating in conversations aimed at achieving positive outcomes for Franco-African agenda items,” said Angela.
Angela holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Global Business Law from New York University (NYU) School of Law, an LL.M in Corporate and Financial Services Law from National University of Singapore, an LL.B from University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Kenya School of law. She is dual qualified and admitted to practice law in Kenya and State of New York, United States with more than a decade post-admission experience in legal practice.
She has strong legal background in the financial services industry having joined Standard Chartered as Legal Counsel on secondment from the prestigious IKM Advocates (DLA Piper Africa) in 2014 after working with the firm as Corporate and Commercial Law Associate for 6 years. She rose through the ranks to Legal Manager, Legal Counsel and now Senior Legal Counsel for Global Banking and Commercial Banking, Africa and Middle East reporting to the Head of Legal, Corporate Finance, Africa and Middle East.