Idara Otu

Idara Otu is a Vice President in Group Strategy at Barclays Bank PLC in New York, USA. She works alongside Barclays’ Business Leaders across Global Investment Banking and Markets (Equities, Credit, Macro, Prime Brokerage) business to drive Strategy around material growth initiatives.

Her extensive yet diverse experience in Trading, Sales, Structuring, and Research roles gives her the breadth and depth to provide market relevant advice, while understanding the minute mechanics of varying products and processes. Idara’s expertise across Fixed Income and Commodities Markets, and Technology helps her to bring unique perspective and creative execution.

Idara Otu also works to drive the vision and programmatic objectives of Let Girls Read, Run, Grow (LGRRG). LGRRG is non-profit organization based in the USA whose mission is to develop African adolescent girls through education, athletics and entrepreneurship. As founder, Idara works alongside LGRRG’s leadership and partners to help create opportunities for young girls to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Pulling from her corporate experiences and professional athletic experience, Idara is a tireless advocate for feeding both the mind and body through education and sport. A 2012 Olympian for the Nigerian Track & Field Team, Idara has a burden to uplift girls who lack the access her upbringing afforded her. By providing these girls – the next generation – with resources necessary for success through tangible programming in education, sport, and agriculture, Idara hopes to help produce the world’s next group of leaders.

Idara holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Stanford University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of CareerSpring, a member of The Aspen Institute, WOMEN in America, and enjoys travel, mentoring youth, and athletics.

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