Mrs. Chinwe Odigboegwu is a Lawyer, Mediator, Mediation Advocate, Arbitrator, Trainer, Chartered Secretary, Notary Public, and Author. She is currently the Legal Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc. (Diageo), having been promoted from her former role as Senior Commercial Legal Manager. Prior to joining Diageo, she was Head, Litigation and Dispute Resolution with Nigerian Bottling Company – NBC (Coca-Cola Hellenic). Before NBC, she worked with the top-tier Commercial Law firm of Banwo & Ighodalo (B&I) where she rose through the ranks to become a Senior Associate and Team Leader of the Firm’s Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practice Group, and supported its Intellectual Property, Energy (Oil & Gas), Maritime & International Trade, and Corporate, Securities & Finance Practice Groups.
Chinwe is affiliated with professional bodies as the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (CIArb), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK (CEDR), the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates, UK (SCMA). She is a member of the Panel of Neutrals and/or Training Faculty of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), and the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG).
Chinwe is a natural teacher, renowned for her ability to communicate with people of various ages, cultures, and educational backgrounds. An Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), a Mentor and an Associate of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a Mentor with Legally Engaged, 9to5 Chick and Leading Ladies Africa, Chinwe is very active in leadership, mentoring and societal development.
Chinwe is the Author a book on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards. She is a recipient of prestigious awards including “ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, Top 40 Lawyers under 40” and Coca-Cola Hellenic Extra Mile Lawyer Award. She has also been recognized amongst Courtroom Mail’s ‘100 SHID (Super Heroes, Influencers, Disruptors) – Africa’s Influential Women in the Legal Profession’, ESQ’s ‘Leading Women in Law’ and 9to5 Chick’s ‘Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria’.