7 Remarkable Things Done By Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo Iwealaborn 13 June 19 54 is a well-known Nigerian-American economist, and global leader, since March 2021.
Notably, she is the first woman and first African to lead the the World Trade Organization as Director-General and has accomplished many remarkable achievements in her career.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Regional Economics and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dublin.
She is the author of numerous articles on finance and development, and several books including Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria.
Here are seven amazing things done by Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
1. Served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister on two occasions, from 2003 to 2006 and then from 2011 to 2015.
During her tenure, she implemented economic reforms and policies aimed at reducing corruption, promoting transparency, and stabilizing the Nigerian economy.
She spent a 25-year career at the World Bank as a development economist, and briefly as Foreign Minister, and the first woman to hold both positions.
2. Director General of The WTO
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is the seventh Director-General of the WTO.
She took office on 1 March 2021, becoming the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General. Her term of office will expire on 31 August 2025.
She also previously sat on the Twitter Board of Directors and stepped down in February 2021 in connection with her appointment as Director General of the World Trade Organization.
3. Advocate for Debt Relief
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala played a crucial role in advocating for debt relief for African countries, especially through her work as the chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the African Union’s COVID-19 response.
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4. Advocate for Transparency and Anti-corruption measures
“Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines.” In this book, she shared insights into her experiences as a reformer and advocate for transparency and anti-corruption measures.
5. Work on Global Health Initiatives
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been involved in various global health initiatives, including her work at the GAVI Alliance, which aims to increase access to vaccines in developing countries, and her involvement in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.
6. Senior Advisor at Lazard
After leaving public office, she became a Senior Advisor at Lazard, a global financial advisory and one of the world’s premier financial advisory and asset management firms.
In this role, she provided valuable insights and expertise in international finance and economics.
7. Numerous Awards and Honors
Throughout her career, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to economics, governance, and global development.
These awards include being named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People and being honored with the African Finance Ministers’ Hall of Fame Award.
In 2022, she obtained the Global Leadership Award from the American Academy of Achievement.
In 2021, she received a Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation as a “Champion for Global Change” and In 2023, she received the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco from the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s achievements extend beyond these seven points, and her continued work in international organizations and advocacy for global economic development and health make her a prominent figure on the world stage.
who is the chief of WTO in 2023?
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala urges ECOWAS to harness trade for sustainable growth.
Is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala married?
She is married to Ikemba Iweala, a neurosurgeon from Umahia, Abia State Nigeria, with four children including author Uzodinma Iweala.
Who is the Prime Minister of WTO?
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomes Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados to the WTO.