Awards Nominee Category: African ChangeMakers Woman of the Year Award
Nominee Full Name: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Nominee Country: Nigeria
Company/Initiative/ Career/ Business: World Trade Organization
Nominee Title Role: Director General
Nominee Product/Service: Global Trades
Describe how your Company/ Initiative/ Career /Business is turning Africa problems into solutions in your community e.g. technology partnerships reach coverage:
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 is an economist and international development expert with over 30 years of experience.
She was Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (2016 – 2020), the African Risk Capacity (2014 – 2020) and Co-Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Lazard and sat on the Boards of Standard Chartered PLC and Twitter Inc. Dr Okonjo-Iweala was appointed as an AU COVID-19 Special Envoy and WHO COVID-19 Special Envoy.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala served twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister (2003-2006, 2011-2015), the first woman to hold the position, and spent a 25-year career at the World Bank rising to the No.2 position of Managing Director.
In 2020 Dr Okonjo-Iweala was named Forbes African of the Year. She has been ranked by Fortune as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders (2015) and by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World consecutively for four years. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Harvard University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
How does the Company Initiative/Career/Business improve people’s life, impact, affordability and reliability?
How can this service product or solution be expanded to new markets or areas in Africa?
Voting Timeline: July 15 to July 30, 2021.
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