Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes over as new WTO Director-General, 1 March 2021 (50993534756) (cropped).jpg
7th Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Assumed office
1 March 2021
Preceded byRoberto 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
Born (1954-06-13) 13 June 1954 (age 67)
Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria
CitizenshipNigeria (1954–present)
United States (2019–present)[1]
Political partyPeoples Democratic Party
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]

Career[change | change source]

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is a woman who commands respect and esteem. She is an advocate for human rights. Okonjo Iweala is an economist and a proponent of environmental sustainability.

As a result, she is the first woman to be acknowledged as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Standard Chartered Bank, Danone, Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Georgetown Institute for Women, African Risk Capacity, Rockefeller Foundation, Peace and Security, and many more are among the boards she serves on.

She also worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC for 25 years as a development economist. She was also a member of the Effective Development Cooperation Commission.

Okonjo Iweala was the first woman to hold both the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs and the position of Finance Minister in Nigeria.

Personal life[change | change source]

Okonjo Iweala is married to Ikembe Iweala. They have four children.

References[change | change source]

  1. Overly, Steven. "U.S. backs Okonjo-Iweala, first woman and African, to head WTO". POLITICO. Archived from the original on 5 February 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  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.