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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Finance Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2011-2015 and 2003-2006); Foreign Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2006); Managing Director, The World Bank (2007-2011)

Globally revered for her economic leadership, commitment to giving back and personal resilience, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala draws on a highly distinguished career as Nigeria’s first woman finance minister, first woman foreign minister, managing director of the World Bank and author of Reforming the Unreformable.


  • TED: How Africa Can Keep Rising


  • TED: Want to Help Africa? Do Business Here

  • TED: Aid Versus Trade

  • The World Economy: A Conversation with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala draws on an exceptional career to share engaging, authentic and unparalleled wisdom on the current global economic landscape. A fierce defender and agent of good governance policy for developing nations, Okonjo-Iweala was unrelenting to those who were determined to see her policies fail, which in turn sustained national growth rates and achieved major debt relief for her country. In this lively conversation, she astutely identifies the vital trends, risks and opportunities
    that are shaping the world economy today and shares her thoughts on future global development. She speaks expertly on topics from weak economic systems and institutions, to the global implications of economic expansion in developing countries, to issues of macroeconomic and public finance management, infrastructure and job creation. Her presentations are customized to suit the needs of each audience.


  • Giving Back

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    A woman of remarkable courage, compassion and authenticity, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala left her prestigious role at the World Bank in a committed pursuit to benefit, empower and create a better future for the Nigerian people and their economy. During her tenure as Nigeria’s foreign minister and two-term tenure as finance minister—the first woman to hold either position—she led widespread change to reform the largest economy in Africa. Okonjo-Iweala’s father raised her to value improving human lives above all else. Her career is defined by her commitment to giving back and her selfless dedication to helping others. Through personal narratives, she passionately explores her steadfast commitment to the protection of children and immunizations for developing countries, gender issues and the challenges facing girls and women across the globe, and powerful and inspiring visions for global economic development. 


  • Reforming the Unreformable

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    As the chief economic leader of a fiscally decentralized government and a fierce defender and agent of good governance policy for developing nations, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala tells the story of a time when the worldview of Nigeria was seemingly hopeless and how, by working with the economic team, she subsequently turned around the largest economy in Africa. Through storylines of dedication and committed teamwork, she tells the narrative of development economics in action. With unmatched insights from the front lines of battle, she explores weak economic systems and institutions, global implications of economic expansion in developing countries and what it takes to spearhead negotiations for widespread structural reforms.


  • Energy and Oil: A Global Analysis

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    For years, the GDP of many nations has been dependent on oil. In the face of a global energy and oil pricing meltdown, as well as increased slowdown in China, what can the financial world expect? And how can they prepare for what might happen next? Earning worldwide acclaim for her leadership on the finances of the oil- and gas-dependent economy of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala brings unique qualifications to tackle these crucial questions. She focuses on the global impact of increased commodity price volatility, energy policy and related climate change issues. She is an adept speaker on issues of macroeconomic and public finance management, infrastructure development, job creation and the challenges of economic development. Okonjo-Iweala provides judicious analysis and thoughtful insight on the most urgent trends shaping these issues.



  • Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons From Nigeria

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