Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Person.png Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(banker, deep state functionary?)
Okonjo-Iweala, Ngozi (2008 portrait).jpg
Born13 June 1954
NationalityNigerian, US?
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard
Member ofBrookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Rockefeller Foundation
GAVI/SDS connected Nigerian banker, twice Nigeria's Minister of Finance, and possible deep state functionary

Employment.png African Union Special Envoy on Covid-19

In office
12 April 2020 - Present
Appointed byCyril Ramaphosa
Also GAVI/Chair

Employment.png GAVI/Chair

In office
January 2016 - Present

Employment.png Nigeria/Minister of Finance

In office
17 August 2011 - 29 May 2015

Employment.png World Bank/Managing Director

In office
December 1, 2007 - August 2011

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-born banker and World Bank bureaucrat. She sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Lazard Investment Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). She is in the lead in the race for the top job at the World Health Organization.

She has been showered with international prizes and board memberships, as the global power brokers recognize the value of an eloquent African woman to spearhead their neoliberal agenda.

Career

World Banker

Okonjo-Iweala had a 25-year career at the World Bank in Washington DC as a development economist, rising to the No. 2 position of Managing Director.[1] As Managing Director, she had oversight responsibility for the World Bank’s $81 billion operational portfolio in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia.

Okonjo-Iweala spearheaded several World Bank initiatives to "assist" low-income countries during the 2008 – 2009, food crises, and later during the financial crisis. (What the World Bank normally means by assistance is giving a loan on conditions that makes the target economy unable to develop, by straitjacketing it to the Washington Consensus), including demands to slash state budgets in public services like education, infrastructure or basic health services, cut state subsidies to food and fuel, make the currency convertible and cheap, and eliminate protectionist barriers.)

Nigerian Government

Okonjo-Iweala was twice Nigerian Finance Minister, first under President Olusegun Obasanjo from 2003–2006, then again, from 2011–2015 under President Goodluck Jonathan, when she was named Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy.

Though she was never charged with corruption, in 2015 almost $20 billion was discovered “lost” after an audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers of state oil revenues. As Finance Minister she backed the usual IMF/World Bank demands for slashing state subsidies for gasoline and privatization of electricity. The cut in 2012 triggered massive street protests, as for many Nigerians, cheap gasoline is only benefit they get from the country’s vast oil wealth.

NOI-Polls

Okonjo-Iweala is the founder of Nigeria’s first indigenous opinion-research organization, NOI-Polls.[2]

GAVI and the Great Reset

Full articles: GAVI, the Great Reset

Okonjo-Iwela is connected in the planned massive transformation of the world economy, the Great Reset. Since 2019, ala has been part of UNESCO's International Commission on the Futures of Education[3], chaired by Sahle-Work Zewde. In 2020, the International Monetary Fund's Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva appointed her to an external advisory group to provide input on policy challenges/opportunities after the global lockdowns[4]. Also in 2020, she was appointed by the African Union (AU) as special envoy to solicit international support to help the continent deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 panic[5].

Connections

Okonjo-Iweala has been showered with international prizes and board memberships, as the global power brokers recognize the value of an eloquent African woman to spearhead their neoliberal agenda.

  • While taking the position as Chairman of GAVI Okonjo-Iweala also became “Senior Advisor” to Lazard Ltd., a US investment bank which claims to be the world’s largest independent investment bank.

Okonjo-Iweala is co-Chair of the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, with Nicholas Stern and Paul Polman. Previously, she served as the co-Chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.[7]

In the past, Okonjo-Iweala was also a member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (2015-2016), chaired by Gordon Brown; the Commission on the New Climate Economy (also co-Chaired by Paul Polman and Lord Nicholas Stern); the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Foundation; the United Nations’ Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (2012-2013); the Growth Commission (2006-2009), led by Nobel Prize winner Professor Michael Spence; and the Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, which was established by the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (2017-2018).

Government agencies

International organizations

Corporate boards

  • Twitter, Board of Directors (since 2018)
  • Standard Chartered, Independent Non-executive Member of the Board of Directors (since 2017)
  • Lazard, Senior Advisor (since 2015)

Non-profit organizations

Awards

Okonjo-Iweala has received numerous recognition and awards. She has been listed as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders (Fortune, 2015), the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World (TIME, 2014), the Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy, 2011 and 2012),the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (Forbes, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), the Top 3 Most Powerful Women in Africa (Forbes, 2012), the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Africa (Forbes, 2011), the Top 100 Women in the World (The Guardian, 2011), the Top 150 Women in the World (Newsweek, 2011), the Top 100 most inspiring people in the World Delivering for Girls and Women ([[Women Deliver, 2011). She was listed among 73 "brilliant" business influencers in the world by Condé Nast International.

In 2019, Okonjo-Iweala was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also conferred High National Honours from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of Liberia. She is also the recipient of Nigeria's Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR). Other honors include:

   2017 – Vanguard Award, Howard University
   2017 – Women’s Economic Empowerment Award, WEConnect International
   2017 – Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Award, Aspen Institute
   2016 – Power with Purpose Award, Devex Development Communications Network
   2016 – Global Fairness Award, Global Fairness Initiative
   2014 – David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award
   2011 – President of the Italian Republic Gold Medal, Pia Manzu Centre
   2011 – Global Leadership Award,Chicago Council on Global Affairs
   2010 – Global Leadership Award, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
   2010 – Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award
   2004 – TIME’s European Heroes Award
   2004 – Finance Minister of the Year, Africa Investor Magazine
   2004 – Finance Minister of the Year for Africa and the Middle East, The Banker
   2005 – Global Finance Minister of the Year, Euromoney
   2005 – Finance Minister of the Year for Africa and the Middle East, Emerging Markets Magazine

Honorary degrees

Okonjo-Iweala has received honorary degrees from 14 universities worldwide, including some from the most prestigious colleges: the University of Pennsylvania (2013), Yale University (2015), Amherst College (2009) Trinity College, Dublin (2007), Brown University (2006), Colby College (2007), and Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica. She has also received degrees from a host of Nigerian universities including Abia State University, Delta State University, Abraka, Oduduwa University, Babcock University, and the Universities of Port Harcourt, Calabar, and Ife (Obafemi Awolowo). In 2019, Okonjo Iweala was awarded an honorary degree from Tel Aviv University.


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Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
Switzerland
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21. January, coinciding with the start of the meeting.


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