Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an economist, fair trade leader, environmental sustainability advocate, human welfare champion, sustainable finance maven and global development expert.

She is currently serving as Director-General of the World Trade Organization, a position which she’s held since March 2021.

Notably, she is the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization as Director-General.

She sits on boards of: Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, MINDS: Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, One Campaign, GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Rockefeller Foundation, R4D: Results for Development, ARC: African Risk Capacity and Earthshot Prize plus others.

She had a 25-year career at World Bank, becoming Managing Director for Operations from 2007 to 2011 and was also the first woman to serve two terms as Nigeria’s Finance Minister.

As Nigeria’s Finance minister, she spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club that led to the wiping out of $30 billion of Nigeria’s debt, including the outright cancellation of $18 billion.
She was also instrumental in helping Nigeria obtain its first ever sovereign credit rating (of BB minus) from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s in 2006.

Nigeria have not had a finance minister like her since she left.

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