Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed into two key international positions.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has been named Chair of the 28-member Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, GAVI, and has joined the global sovereign advisory investment firm, Lazard, as Senior Advisor.
“We are proud to welcome Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as a Senior Advisor to our world-leading sovereign advisory group,” said Matthieu Pigasse, Global Head of M&A and Sovereign Advisory of Lazard. “She will bring a unique international expertise and experience that will benefit both our sovereign and corporate clients.”
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala would be succeeding a former Norwegian Minister of Health and current Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, as Chair of GAVI.
At Lazard, she would work with the former Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating; former Special adviser to President Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan; former Spanish Economy Minister and current Senior Managing Director at Lazard, Rodrigo de Rato; former chair of NASDAQ, Frank Zarb; former Finance Minister of Chile, Andres Velasco, and former British Minister of Parliament/Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell.
Reacting to her appointments, the former Minister said: “I am excited to be embarking on this fresh journey. The two appointments will enable me to continue doing what I know best – rendering public service and using my financial and economist skills. I thank the international community for the recognition and continued support. I am also grateful for the prayers and support of many Nigerians”.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was a Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Honourable Minister of Finance of Nigeria from 2011 until May 2015. Prior to that, she served as a Managing Director at the World Bank Group for four years.