The Director-General, DG, of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has emerged as the number one Financial Times 25 Most Influential Women of 2021, .
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was listed as number one on the list, although FT stated that the list is unranked.
It added: “We put the list together in collaboration with FT Journalists from dozens of international bureaus, former women of the year, and readers like you.
“Across continents, industries and issues, all of these remarkable women have shaped this tumultuous year. Each of them is sure to help shape the better ones to come.”
Speaking, Christen Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank, described Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as a fierce and talented competitor.
Her words: “I have known Ngozi since 2005, and have seen her work tirelessly as a seasoned negotiator and crisis manager. Her 25 years at the World Bank demonstrated her resolve, including her handling of the food and financial crisis of 2008-09, and her determination to recover stolen assets.
“She has shattered glass ceilings with her complete competence, absolute integrity, and good humour, becoming the first female Finance Minister and Foreign Minister in Nigeria, where she implemented tough reforms, to enhance the transparency of the country’s public finances, and is the first woman and first African to lead the WTO.
“Ngozi is a force to be reckoned with.”
See the full list below:
1 – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Director-General, World Trade Organisation
2 – Lina Khan
Chair, Federal Trade Commission
3 – Mary Barra
Chair and CEO, General Motors
4 – Gita Gopinath
Chief Economist, IMF
5 – Luiza Trajano
Businessperson and philanthropist
6 – Nancy Pelosi
Speaker, United States House of Representatives
7 – Mariam Al-Mahdi
8 – Kate Bingham
Former Chair, UK Vaccine Taskforce
9 – Cathie Wood
Founder and CEO, Ark Investment Management
10- Rosalind Brewer
CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
11- Tsai Ing-Wen
12 – Frances Haugen
Data scientist and whistleblower
13 – Naomi Osaka
14 – Elisa Loncón Antileo
President, Chile’s Constitutional Convention
15 – Agnes Chow
16 – Liz Cheney
Congresswoman, United States House of Representatives
17 – Vanessa Nakate
18 – Sotooda Forotan
Student and activist
19 – Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Leader, Co-ordination Council of Belarus
20 – Chloé Zhao
21 – Sally Rooney
22 – Shonda Rhimes
Television Producer, Screenwriter and Author
23 – Scarlett Johansson
24 – Paula Rego
25 -Gabriela Hearst
Creative Director, Chloé; Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst.
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