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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Chairperson of the Board

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Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is a globally renowned development economist and former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance of Nigeria. She was also a past Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria in 2006 and has also held several key positions at the World Bank, including Managing Director (October 2007-2011).
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is currently the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is also a senior adviser at Lazard and serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI and the Center for Global Development, among others. She is also the chair of African Risk Capacity, a specialised agency of the African Union to help member states prepare for and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters.
She was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 greatest world leaders in 2015, and by Forbes for five consecutive years as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In 2014, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was recognised by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University, and holds a PhD in Regional Economics and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received numerous honours, including Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. She joined CSEA Board in 2015 as its Chairperson.