Monday, 31 July 2017

Aspen Institute to honour former Finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


Fresh from her appointment as a Director in UK top Bank, Standard Chartered PLC, former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be honoured by The Aspen Institute at the fifth annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture taking place at Aspen Meadows campus.

The former minister will be the fifth person to be honoured.

The institute described Okonjo-Iweala as “an exceptional individual whose vision has provided breakthrough thinking to tackle the challenges of global development”.

Okonjo-Iweala will be featured alongside Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, the former US secretary of state and first woman to assume the position, in a conversation with moderator Peggy Clark of the Aspen Institute.

Okonjo-Iweala sits on a number of prestigious international advisory boards including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and is the Board Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI). She has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Masters and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She worked at World Bank for more than 20 years before leaving in 2003 to serve as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance. She held the position till 2006. She returned to the World Bank in 2007, serving as a Managing Director until 2011, when she was appointed to the role of Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy in the Nigerian government, a position she held until 2015.

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