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Okonjo-Iweala Tops Financial Times’ 25 Most Influential Women Of 2021

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The Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named among the Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2021. Okonko-Iweala was listed as number one, although the financial magazine said the list is unranked. “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,” the magazine added.


Commenting on the list, President of the Eurpoean Central Bank, Christine Lagarde described Okono-Iweala as a talented and fierce competitor.


She said, “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.”

 

The full list includes:
1 – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Director-General, World Trade Organization
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
Politician, Sudan
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
President, Taiwan
12 – Frances Haugen
Data scientist and whistleblower
13 – Naomi Osaka
Athlete
14 – Elisa Loncón Antileo
President, Chile’s Constitutional Convention
15 – Agnes Chow
Democracy activist
16 – Liz Cheney
Congresswoman, United States House of Representatives
17 – Vanessa Nakate
Justice advocate
18 – Sotooda Forotan
Student and activist
19 – Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Leader, Co-ordination Council of Belarus
20 – Chloé Zhao
Film-maker
21 – Sally Rooney
Author
22 – Shonda Rhimes
Television producer, screenwriter and author
23 – Scarlett Johansson
Actor
24 – Paula Rego
Artist
25 -Gabriela Hearst
Creative Director, Chloé; Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst

 

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