Biden Appoints 2 Nigerians, Imasogie, Ogwumike As Advisers

Joe Biden, the President of the United States, has selected two Nigerians, Osagie Imasogie and Chineye Ogwumike, to join the 12-member advisory council dedicated to African Diaspora Engagement in the United States.

According to a statement from the State House, Imasogie and Ogwumike were among the dozen individuals appointed to the President’s Advisory Council. This council includes Silvester Scott Beaman as its chair, along with members Mimi E. Alemayehou, Rosalind Brewer, Viola Davis, Helene D. Gayle, Patrick Hubert Gaspard, C.D. Glin, Osagie Imasogie, Almaz Negash, Chinenye Joy Ogwumike, Ham K. Serunjogi, and Kevin Young.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), extended her congratulations to the two appointees. She expressed her enthusiasm about the recognition of these distinguished Nigerians, considering it a source of motivation for others in the Nigerian and African communities.

Chinenye Ogwumike, a two-time WNBA All-Star for the Los Angeles Sparks, serves as a full-time ESPN commentator and NBA analyst, making her one of the few professional athletes holding such a media role. She earned the WNBA Rookie of the Year title in 2014 and has a background in International Relations from Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Additionally, Ogwumike has contributed to sports media as the host of a national sports-talk radio show and as an Executive Producer for an ESPN Films documentary titled “144” covering the 2020 WNBA season. She was also recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2021.

On the other hand, Osagie Imasogie serves as the Chairman of Quoin Capital and Quoin Advisors, an Investment Bank and SEC/FINRA registered Broker-Dealer.

Furthermore, he is a co-founder of PIPV Capital, a private equity firm specializing in the life sciences sector and boasting investments exceeding $1 billion. Before establishing PIPV Capital, he played a pivotal role as the founding Vice President of GlaxoSmithKline Ventures. His extensive career has seen him in senior commercial and R&D positions within renowned pharmaceutical companies like GSK, SmithKline Beecham, and DuPont Merck. He also has experience as a Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance Partner and as a practicing attorney at the prominent U.S. law firm, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis.

Osagie Imasogie is a notable serial entrepreneur and investor, with a presence on the boards of several financial institutions, including FS-KKR Capital Corp and Haverford Trust, collectively managing assets exceeding $28 billion. He also serves as an advisor to Brown Advisory, a firm managing over $140 billion. Osagie holds the position of Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is a member of the Executive Committee, as well as Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee, of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center.

Additionally, Osagie is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, an active member of the University’s Executive Committee, and holds the role of Chairman of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. At the latter, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property. Osagie possesses LLM degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar, with admission to practice in other jurisdictions.


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