Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Co-coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Nigeria

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is a globally renowned Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (her current position) and for her work at the World Bank, including several years as one of its Managing Directors (October 2007–July 2011). She also briefly held the position of Foreign Minister of Nigeria in 2006. Prior to her ministerial career in Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala was Vice-President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank Group. She left it in 2003 after she was appointed to President Obasanjo's cabinet as Finance Minister on 15 July 2003. In October 2005, she led the Nigerian team that struck a deal with the Paris Club, a group of bilateral creditors, to pay a portion of Nigeria's external debt in return for an $18 billion debt write-off. She is currently the Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Nigeria.