This quintessential lawyer embodies the true spirit of the Akwa Ibom woman: hardworking, humble, focused, God- fearing and passionate. She brings these and more to her current role as Company Secretary of MTN Nigeria.

Mrs Uto Ukpanah, wife, mother and lawyer, embodies the true spirit of the Akwa Ibom woman: hardworking, humble, focused, God- fearing and passionate. She brings these and more to her current role as Company Secretary of MTN Nigeria. She made history recently when she coordinated the team that facilitated the successful listing of MTN Nigeria on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the first by any company. She joined MTN from UBA and has been active with the MTN Foundation, the social investment arm of the company.

Mrs Ukpanah is a Certified Ethics Officer of the Ethics Institute and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a long standing member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association as well as the Ethics & Compliance Officers Association, USA among others, and has over the years, contributed massively to the development of corporate governance codes and ethics related guidelines across sectors in Nigeria and globally.

Mrs Ukpanah has been working silently to improve the quality of corporate governance practice in Nigeria and beyond. She has served as member United Nations Global Compact Nigeria Network, member Board of Trustees, Obong University, Akwa Ibom State, Technical Committee on the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance 2018 and member Steering Committee on the National Codes of Corporate Governance for the Public, Private and Not for Profit Sectors in Nigeria
Securities & Exchange Commission’s Committee on Corporate Governance which reviewed the 2003 Code and drafted the 2011 Code of Corporate Governance for Public Companies in Nigeria and member of the Board, Inoyo Toro Foundation.

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