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Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala?

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigerian-born economist and international development expert.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has twice served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister, most recently between 2011 and 2015 a role that encompassed the expanded portfolio of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy. In 2006 she served as Foreign Affairs Minister.

Similarly, she has experience working at international governance bodies as a former managing director of the World Bank and as a chair at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter and the African Risk Capacity.

On February 15, 2021, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the first female and first African to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as Director-General.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 greatest world leaders in 2015, and by Forbes for five consecutive years as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In 2014, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was recognised by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

She is the author of several books including Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria, published in 2012.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University, and holds a PhD in Regional Economics and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received numerous honours, including Honorary Doctorates.

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