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.

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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.

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“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


-Gabriela HearstCreative Director, Chloé; Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst

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