Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Okonjo-Iweala, Ngozi (2008 portrait).jpg
Okonjo-Iweala in 2008
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Assuming office
1 March 2021
SucceedingRoberto Azevêdo
Minister of Finance
In office
17 August 2011 – 29 May 2015
PresidentGoodluck Jonathan
Preceded byOlusegun Olutoyin Aganga
Succeeded byKemi Adeosun
In office
15 July 2003 – 21 June 2006
PresidentOlusegun Obasanjo
Preceded byAdamu Ciroma
Succeeded byNenadi Usman
Coordinating Minister for the Economy
In office
17 August 2011 – 29 May 2015
PresidentGoodluck Jonathan
Preceded byOlusegun Olutoyin Aganga
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
21 June 2006 – 30 August 2006
PresidentOlusegun Obasanjo
Preceded byOluyemi Adeniji
Succeeded byJoy Ogwu
Personal details
Born1954
Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria
CitizenshipNigeria (1954–present)
United States (2019–present)[1]
Spouse(s)Ikemba Iweala
Children4, including Uzodinma Iweala
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, PhD)

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born 13 June 1954) is a Nigerian-American economist and international development expert.[2]

On 15 February 2021, she was appointed as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. She is the first woman and the first African to hold the office.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Overly, Steven. "U.S. backs Okonjo-Iweala, first woman and African, to head WTO". POLITICO.
  2. "ARC Agency Governing Board – African Risk Capacity". Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. Hayashi, Yuka; Jeong, Eun-Young (5 February 2021). "U.S. Backs Nigeria's Former Finance Minister for Next WTO Director". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  4. "WTO: South Korea's Yoo Myung-hee withdraws from director general race, clearing path for Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala". South China Morning Post. 5 February 2021.