Seven things to know about Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the woman set to make history as WTO boss

Abu Mubarik Feb 8, 2021 at 10:00am

February 08, 2021 at 10:00 am | Money Moves, Women, Women of Value

Abu Mubarik

Abu Mubarik

February 08, 2021 at 10:00 am | Money Moves, Women, Women of Value

If Okonjo-Iweala is approved by consensus, she will replace Roberto Azevêdo as the next WTO Director-General. Photo: GAVI, THE VACCINE ALLIANCE

The path has been cleared for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first African woman to lead the World Trade Organization. This follows the decision by her sole competitor, South Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, to drop from the race on 5 February. 

The WTO Director-General job is selected by consensus and so when former US President Donald Trump refused to back her, the process was stalled until a consensus is reached. 

Following the change of government in the US, a new administration led by Joe Biden renewed the hopes of many that for the first time, an African would lead the WTO. Indeed, this was evident when a group of former US government officials urged the Biden administration to back Okonjo-Iweala, who is also a US citizen.

Below are seven things about her:

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