Ethics and Compliance Director, GSK Africa
Abam currently heads up the Ethics and Compliance function for GlaxoSmithKline’s Africa pharmaceutical business. GSK is the world’s sixth largest pharmaceutical company and in her current role, she is responsible for driving the compliance and risk management strategy for her market. She also sits on the leadership team for Africa & Developing Countries Asia.
Following graduation, Abam was an employment law litigator at two AmLaw 100 law firms before going to GSK. At GSK, she was Senior Counsel supporting the US pharmaceuticals business and counseled C-Suite executives and their teams on talent sourcing, recruitment and development, and promotion and advancement opportunities. Abam also designed and led strategies to drive fair employment practices assuring equal employment and advance opportunities for all employees regardless of race, gender, creed, nationality, etc. She counseled the compliance team and supported the embedment of key provisions of GSK’s Corporate Integrity Agreement with the US government within the business. In 2016, Abam took a leap of faith and left that role to move to Johannesburg to take on her current role.
Abam is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School where she served as editor of the Michigan Law Review and Editor in Chief of The Griot, the law school’s literary magazine. She was awarded a 2015 Rising Star Award by the National Employment Law Counsel and she is a 2016 LCLD Fellow (Leadership Council on Legal Diversity). Abam is a mommy; she published short story writer (Farafina, African Roar, Paradigm, The Kalahari Review); she is an avid reader and has a serious case of wanderlust.