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Sophie Chandauka

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Sophie Chandauka

Sophie is Global COO of Morgan Stanley’s Shared Services and Banking Operations. Prior to that, she was EMEA CAO of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division. Previously, as Head of Group Treasury (Legal) at Virgin Money, she led execution of strategic M&A and corporate finance activity, including the acquisition of Northern Rock, the flotation of Virgin Money and other deals in excess of £13 billion. Prior to this, she was a Senior Associate at global firm Baker McKenzie, advising clients such as NIKE, The Body Shop and Macquarie Bank. Sophie is a recipient of many industry awards and has featured in publications including Management Today, the Financial Times and Sunday Times.

She has featured in the 100 Women to Watch Supplement of the Female FTSE Board Report and in the EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List, presented by the FT in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has served on the Boards of Trustees of Sentebale and Protimos. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry to support children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Protimos supports development lawyers in resource rich emerging economies. Sophie is Co-Chair of Morgan Stanley’s African and Caribbean Business Alliance. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) - the preeminent African American membership organisation committed to increasing the number of black executives in c-suites and corporate boards in global enterprises. She serves on the Global Expansion Committee of the ELC.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club and is Co-founder of the Black British Business Awards - the only premium awards programme of its kind in the UK, endorsed by Prime Minister May, the Mayor of the City of London and prominent business leaders.