According to Wiki, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born 13 June 1954) is a Nigerian-American economist and international development expert.
She sits on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).
On 15 February 2021, she was appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Her term will begin on 1 March 2021, making her the first woman and the first African to hold the office.
Previously, Okonjo-Iweala spent a 25-year career at the World Bank as a development economist, scaling the ranks to the Number 2 position of Managing Director, Operations (2007–2011).
She also served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003–2006, 2011–2015) under President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively.
She was the first woman to serve as the country’s finance minister and the first woman to serve in that office twice. In 2005, Euromoney named her global finance minister of the year.
Okonjo-Iweala was born in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State, Nigeria, where her father Professor Chukwuka Okonjo was the Obi (King) from the Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Ukwu.
Okonjo-Iweala was educated at Queen’s School, Enugu, St. Anne’s School, Molete, Ibadan, and the International School Ibadan. She arrived in the US in 1973 as a teenager to study at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with an AB in Economics in 1976.
In 1981, she earned her PhD in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis titled Credit policy, rural financial markets, and Nigeria’s agricultural development.
She received an international fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), that supported her doctoral studies.
She is married to Ikemba Iweala, a neurosurgeon. They have four children.
During her campaign to become the next Director-General of the WTO, it was revealed that Okonjo-Iweala became a US citizen in 2019 after spending several decades working and studying there.
Okonjo-Iweala has received honorary degrees from 14 universities worldwide, including some colleges.
Okonjo-Iweala has received numerous recognition and awards. She has been listed as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders (Fortune, 2015), the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World (TIME, 2014),the Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy, 2011 and 2012), the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (Forbes, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), the Top 3 Most Powerful Women in Africa (Forbes, 2012), the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Africa (Forbes, 2011), the Top 100 Women in the World (The Guardian, 2011), the Top 150 Women in the World (Newsweek, 2011), the Top 100 most inspiring people in the World Delivering for Girls and Women (Women Deliver, 2011).
She was listed among 73 “brilliant” business influencers in the world by Condé Nast International.
In 2019, Okonjo-Iweala was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She was also conferred High National Honours from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and the Republic of Liberia. She is also the recipient of Nigeria’s Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR). Other honours include:
2020 – African of the year, Forbes Africa.
2017 – Vanguard Award, Howard University.
2017 – Women’s Economic Empowerment Award, WEConnect International.
2017 – Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Award, Aspen Institute.
2016 – Power with Purpose Award, Devex Development Communications Network.
2016 – Global Fairness Award, Global Fairness Initiative.
2014 – David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.
2011 – President of the Italian Republic Gold Medal, Pia Manzu Centre.
2011 – Global Leadership Award, Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
2010 – Global Leadership Award, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
2010 – Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.
2004 – TIME’s European Heroes Award.
2004 – Finance Minister of the Year, Africa Investor Magazine.
2005 – Finance Minister of the Year for Africa and the Middle East, The Banker.
2005 – Global Finance Minister of the Year, Euromoney.
2005 – Finance Minister of the Year for Africa and the Middle East, Emerging Markets Magazine.
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