Isoken Alli-Usman

Isoken (Soké) Alli-Usman (née Idemudia) is a qualified solicitor working in the field of project finance and international energy as Senior Legal C ounsel at Globeleq. She trained at one of the best law firms in the UK and then at one ofthe most respected international US law firms.



“A bursary allowed me to go to Putney where I was given the belief I could achieve my goals. I was taught to develop resilience and to be pro-active. My school gave me the tools to achieve. Putney shaped my life. It has a special place in my heart”.


Soké grew up in Vauxhall, South London. When she first applied to Putney HighSchool, no one in her neighbourhood had even heard of the school, leta lone been entered for the entrance exam. Soké did not let that stop her and Putney awarded her a place, having been impressed with her both in the exam and at interview. Unable to afford the full fees, Soké was awarded a bursary and joined Year 7 in 1996. She quickly fitted in and made friends throughout the school, excelling in her studies and developing a particular love of poetry and music, as well as regularly competing in tennis and athletics. Her natural leadership qualities made her an obvious choice for Head Girl, a role which she performed with gusto in her final year.

The years that Soké spent at Putney High gave her access to a first class education and the broadest of opportunities; but more than that, they taught her that there need be no limit to her aspirations.

Isoken Alli-Usman
Senior Legal Counsel at Globeleq
Alumna, Putney High School
Class of 2003

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