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Nigerian-American scholar, Okonjo-Iweala named as one of the 25 most influential women in the world

Financial Times (FT), a United Kingdom (UK) based print media has named Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, now the Director General of World Trade Organization, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has one of the 25 most influential women in 2021.

The Financial Times (FT) celebrates the achievement and influence of women across the world every year. According to FT, this year’s was expanded to allow some of the most influential women in the world to write the entries.

In a combination of names of the most influential women in the world written by Christine Lagarde (President of European Central Bank), Jane Fraser (CEO of Citigroup), Elizabeth Warren (Member of the United States Senate), Billie Jean King, Malala and Greta Thunberg, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala tops the list of 25 women listed as the most influential in 2021.

She was mentioned by Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank as a fierce and talented women who rose through the ranks to be appointed to the helm of the WTO in March, 2021.

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According to Christine Lagarde, she has known Ngozi Okonjo0Iweala since 2005 and have seen her work tirelessly as a seasoned negotiator and crisis manager.

“Her 25 years at the World Bank demonstrated her resolve, including her handling of the food and financial crisis of 2008-09 and her determination to recover stolen assets.”

“She has shattered glass ceilings with her complete competence, absolute integrity and good humour, becoming the first female finance minister and foreign minister in Nigeria, where she implemented tough reforms to enhance the transparency of the country’s public finances, and is the first woman and first African to lead the WTO.”


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“Ngozi is a force to be reckoned with.” Christine Lagarde wrote about Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the FT’s 25 most influential women of 2021.

Other women listed alongside Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala includes: Lina Khan (Chair, Federal Trade Commission), Mary Barra (Chair and CEO, General Motors), Gita Gopinath (Chief Economist, IMF), Luiza Trajano (Businessperson and philanthropist), Nancy Pelosi (Speaker, United States House of Representatives), Mariam Al-Mahdi (Politician, Sudan), Kate Bingham (Former Chair, UK Vaccine Taskforce).

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Also, Cathie Wood (Founder and CEO, Ark Investment Management), Rosalind Brewer (CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance), Tsai Ing-Wen (President, Taiwan), Frances Haugen (Data scientist and whistleblower), Naomi Osaka (Athlete).

Elisa Loncón Antileo (President, Chile’s Constitutional Convention), Agnes Chow (Democracy activist), Liz Cheney (Congresswoman, United States House of Representatives), Vanessa Nakate (Justice advocate), Sotooda Forotan (Student and activist), Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (Leader, Co-ordination Council of Belarus), Chloé Zhao (Film-maker), Sally Rooney (Author.

Shonda Rhimes (Television producer, screenwriter and author), Scarlett Johansson (Actor), Paula Rego (Artist), Gabriela Hearst (Creative Director, Chloé; Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst).

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