Ms. Oyegun, a Nigerian-Brit retired from the World Bank in February 2013. She was appointed Chief Diversity Officer, World Bank Group Diversity Programs in July 2001 to provide strategic advice to management on building values-based approaches to diversity and inclusion.
Ms. Oyegun left the World a Bank Group in December 2012 and is now an independent board director, global diversity & inclusion consultant, mentor and coach. Her firm called Amazing Grace Inspirations registered in 2012 is a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy. The next proposal is for a social cohesion and governance program intended to foster more proactive and peaceable citizens’ engagement in the electoral process in Africa. Julie Oyegun is managing partner.
Previously, Ms. Oyegun was Special Advisor, Gender Equity, at the UNHCR in Geneva, facilitating the promotion of a culture of gender equity and parity. She was also Deputy Vice Chancellor/Executive Director for Human Resources & Services (1998-2000) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, having served as senior lecturer and gender equality specialist beforehand. Julie was first assigned to South Africa in 1995 from London, as the Commonwealth Secretariat gender advisor to the new ANC-led government.
Her credentials include M.A., Gender & Development, University of East Anglia, 1994; LL.B Hons., University of Lagos, 1976. Julie was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1977 and practiced corporate and labor law till 1993 when she left Nigeria for grad school in the UK.
Ms. Oyegun was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Index for African Governance; a member of the board of the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP); a member of the WEConnect International Advisory Board and the 2013 International Planning Committee of the Global Summit for Women.
Julie Oyegun is married, with 6 feisty daughters, and five grandchildren.