Nigerian born Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named among Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2021.Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, was listed as number one.
However, FT said the list is unranked, adding that “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.”Christen Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, described Okonjo-Iweala as fierce and talented a competitor.“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.”Full list: Okonjo-Iweala tops Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2021
1 – Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaDirector-General, World Trade Organization
2 – Lina KhanChair, Federal Trade Commission
3 – Mary BarraChair and CEO, General Motors
4 – Gita GopinathChief Economist, IMF
5 – Luiza TrajanoBusinessperson and philanthropist
6 – Nancy PelosiSpeaker, United States House of Representatives
7 – Mariam Al-MahdiPolitician, Sudan
8 – Kate BinghamFormer Chair, UK Vaccine Taskforce
9 – Cathie WoodFounder and CEO, Ark Investment Management
10- Rosalind BrewerCEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
11- Tsai Ing-WenPresident, Taiwan
12 – Frances HaugenData scientist and whistleblower
13 – Naomi OsakaAthlete
14 – Elisa Loncón AntileoPresident, Chile’s Constitutional Convention
15 – Agnes ChowDemocracy activist
16 – Liz CheneyCongresswoman, United States House of Representatives
17 – Vanessa NakateJustice advocate
18 – Sotooda ForotanStudent and activist
19 – Sviatlana TsikhanouskayaLeader, Co-ordination Council of Belarus
20 – Chloé ZhaoFilm-maker21 – Sally RooneyAuthor
22 – Shonda RhimesTelevision producer, screenwriter and author
23 – Scarlett JohanssonActor
24 – Paula RegoArtist
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