The new director of the World Trade Organization is the first woman and the first African leader to hold the office
On February 15, the 164 member countries of the WTO, the World Trade Organization (in English, World Trade Organization) formalized the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as head of the institution. This is a real event as Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and the first African leader to hold this office.
It was the WTO itself that defined the appointment as a "historic moment", specifying that the woman will take full possession of her duties from March.
The childhood and studies of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, born in 1954, was born in Ogwashi-Ukwu, in the Delta state, Nigeria, where her father, Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, was the Obi (king) of the Obahai royal family of Ogwashi-Ukwu.
Until high school she studied in Nigeria in prestigious international schools, before moving to the United States to attend Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in economics. He holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis titled Credit Policy, Rural Financial Markets, and Agricultural Development of Nigeria, thanks to an international scholarship.
US citizenship and work
In 2019 he obtained US citizenship and today he sits on the boards of major companies, among which Twitter also stands out. Previously, she had worked at the World Bank since 1982 and served twice as Nigeria's Minister of Finance, serving from 2003 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2015.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, husband and children
The new director of the WTO is married to a neurosurgeon, Ikemba Iweala, with whom she has four children, a daughter, Onyinye Iweala, and three sons, Uzodinma Iweala, Okechukwu Iweala and Uchechi Iweala.
The historic appointment as head of the WTO
The appointment of Okonjo-Iweala was supported by most of the member countries of the organization and had been certain for about ten days: since the president of the United States Joe Biden had supported his candidacy, contrary to what happened previously with the veto imposed by Donald Trump, who blocked the appointment by supporting the candidacy of Yoo Myung-hee, current South Korean Minister of Commerce.
In her first message, the new director said: "Our organization faces many challenges, but by working together we can make the WTO stronger, leaner and more suited to today's reality."