Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was named by Council on Foreign Relations alongside Mabel Newcomer, Doris Stevens, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jody Williams and Lise Meitner, as the six women who have helped shape Contemporary World order. This was done in honour of the 2019 International Womens Day.
A transatlantic gentlemen’s agreement had put an American in charge of the bank and a European in charge of the IMF as a constant; but Okonjo-Iweala put up a fight despite the resistance; laying the groundwork for future challenges from non-Americans.
The World Bank presidency contest is on again with the controversial David Malpass as the U.S. nominee, Okonjo-Iweala is a potential alternative.
She is a Board Member of Twitter, Inc., World Resource Institute, Standard Chartered PLC, and Standard Chartered PLC.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ph.D., has been an Independent Director of Twitter, Inc. since July 19, 2018. The Senior Advisor of Lazard Ltd, she is employed with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. She is also an Adviser to World Bank on the Stolen Assets Recovery initiative. She served as Managing Director at The World Bank Group from December 1, 2007 to August 2011. She is on the board of World Resource Institute, Standard Chartered PLC, and Standard Chartered PLC.
She founded NOI-Gallup polls. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria from 2003 to 2006. Before taking up her Ministerial appointment, she served in a number of important positions at the World Bank including Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Director of Operations in the Middle East and North Africa region and Country Director for the South East Asia and Mongolia Country unit. She joined the World Bank in 1982. She has 30 years of economic development and financial expertise.
Ngozi Iweala is an influential figure on the world stage and the current chair of the board of Gavi- the Vaccine Alliance.She remains an inspiration to women across the globe.