University of the West of Scotland appoints Nigerian entrepreneur as Chancellor-elect.

The University of the West of Scotland has appointed an inspirational entrepreneur, Yekemi Otaru, as its Chancellor-elect.

This was disclosed by the university via a statement on its website. Otaru is renowned for her passionate commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Otaru is a tireless passionate supporter of women in business and an active mentor of business owners in the world’s poorest countries. She is expected to take up the role of Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland on September 1, 2021, succeeding Dame Elish Angiolini.

Yekemi, 42, holds four degrees and has considerable industrial experience in engineering and marketing. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director at Doqaru Limited, a prominent Aberdeen-based sales and marketing consultancy.

She is also a board member of Interface, which connects a wide range of organisations from national and international industries to Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges, matching them with world-leading academic expertise to help them grow. A bestselling author and social media expert, Yekemi is also known for her innovative use of platforms such as LinkedIn.

As Chancellor, Yekemi will hold formal powers to confer degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions, and will represent UWS at key events as an advocate and dignitary.

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