In recent years, the face of the corporate world has changed significantly. With increased accessibility across formerly isolated spaces like governance and strategy planning, firms all over the world are now being measured with the same yardstick of sustainability and political correctness. However, one factor that has held companies back by far and large is the persistent focus of the Boards on profit maximization over all else. Successful entrepreneur, social thinker, and Board Executive Sali Osman is working her hardest to bring reforms to the saturated directorial space of Board Management.
A leader through and through, Osman has always been a staunch proponent of change. As a black woman in an otherwise densely masculine sphere, she has had to carefully chart her way to the top. But she is not one to sit at the other end of the table, she takes up her rightful space. Over the years, her focus has shifted from her career in cybersecurity and risk management to the more urgent needs like ESG initiatives and sustainable board governance. Research suggests that board functions are typically centered around profit maximization, as opposed to other sustainable and egalitarian concerns. She has done her part by working on the grassroots level.
Osman believes that sustainable change comes through the careful creation of new spaces. This has been achieved in her capacity as a Board member through models that leverage digital disruption to initiate new demands and maneuver public perception to realize ESG initiatives. She has also done this on the philanthropic and entrepreneurial front, most successfully with her passion project, The Nubian Village which is, broadly described, a social enterprise and economic empowerment company.
An expert in her field of focus, Osman understands the inner workings of successful entrepreneurship, which has helped her exponentially as a board member. Unlike the common pattern, Osman stands out as a board member by focusing not only on the intrinsic conditions and the immediate external conditions pertinent to a specific tenure. Instead, her process involves sustained critical engagement with the greater context in which a company will operate. She shares, “Entering an emerging market begins with evaluating the country’s political and economic stability, along with physical security in war zones and conflict areas. Companies that have established their business models on nonvariant factors are typically pressed to adapt their approach to abundant variables.”
Today, Osman has worked with many publicly regulated companies to help them fulfill their monetary needs and meet imperative ESG initiatives for better public perception and greater sustainability, both economic and corporate. To check out more of her work, you can connect with her on her LinkedIn.