Prof. Ngozi Okonjo Iwealla
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, born 13 June 1954 is a Nigerian-American economist and international development expert who has served since March 2021 as Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
She is the first woman and the first African to hold the office. She sits on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).
Okonjo-Iweala had a 25-year career at the World Bank as a development economist, rising to the number two position of managing director, operations (2007–2011). She also served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003–2006, 2011–2015) under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan respectively.
She was the first Nigerian woman to hold several public offices, including Minister of Finance where she served twice under two different presidents, and briefly as Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2005, Euromoney named her global finance minister of the year.