Harvard-educated and longtime World Bank economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is bidding to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization under a nomination from her native Nigeria while also holding dual U.S. citizenship.
Okonjo-Iweala obtained American citizenship in 2019, her spokeswoman told Bloomberg News, after spending most of her career at the World Bank and living in the Washington suburbs.
She earlier received the endorsement of Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
In these challenging times @WTO needs the renowned skills and tested experience of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala @NOIweala to lead the organisation through identified obstacles and strengthen its position as the prime facilitator of international trade.(1/2)
— Aliko Dangote (@AlikoDangote) September 1, 2020
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday shared photos of her in Geneva, Switzerland, campaigning in style. She tweeted;Campaigning in the era of #COVID19. Face masks and elbow bumps with EU @WTO Ambassadors in Geneva.
See photos and tweet below….
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) September 12, 2020