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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954) was appointed in July 2011 as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Managing Director of World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011) and has also held the position of a Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.

 

CAREER

Prior to her ministerial career in Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala was vice-president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group. She left it in 2003 after she was appointed to President Obasanjo's cabinet as Finance Minister on 15 July.

In October 2005, she led the Nigerian team that struck a deal with the Paris Club, a group of bilateral creditors, to pay a portion of Nigeria's external debt (US $12 billion) in return for an $18 billion debt write-off. Prior to the partial debt payment and write-off, Nigeria spent roughly US $1 billion every year on debt servicing, without making a dent in the principal owed.

Okonjo-Iweala also introduced the practice of publishing each state's monthly financial allocation from the federal government in the newspapers. She was instrumental in helping Nigeria obtain its first ever sovereign credit rating (of BB minus) from Fitch and Standard & Poor's. Nigeria is considered to have defaulted on its sovereign debt in 1983 (debt rescheduling is considered a type of default by rating agencies)

Culled from Wikipedia

  DATE OF BIRTH:  June 13, 1954
 MARITAL STATUS:  Married to Ikemba Iweala (Physician and Surgeon), MBBS (Ibadan)
 FRCS (Edinburgh): FACFP (USA)
 NATIONALITY:  Nigerian

 EDUCATION:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Certificate 1997
 Havard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 Graduate School of Business Administration
 General Manager’s Course

 PhD., January 1981
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
 Field-Regional Economic Development
 Dissertation Topic-Credit Policy, Rural Financial Markets & Nigeria’s Agricultural Development

 M.C.P., June 1978
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
 Field-Regional Economics and Development
 Specialization-Rural Economics, Planning & Rural-Urban Interface

 A.B., June 1976
 Havard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
 Field Economics
 (Graduated Magna cum Laude)

 LANGUAGES:  English, French, Igbo and Yoruba
 WORKING EXPERRIENCE:  

 December 2007 – Date

Managing Director, World Bank, Washington, D.C. No.2 position in the World Bank
Oversight responsibilities for operational activities in South Asia, Europe and Central Asia and Africa Regions, comprising a portfolio of US$81 billion.  Also responsible for World Bank Human Resources functions.

Chair of the 2011 – 2013 16th International Development Association (IDA) replenishment  of a historic US$49.3 billion to provide grants amd interest-free loans to the world’s poorest countries.

Conducting high level dialogue with top level officials.   Heads of States, Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers worldwide.  Participating in G-20 and other high-level International Governance meetings.

 November 2006 – December 2007:

 Founded or co-founded three Organisations:

  • NOI-Gallup Polls, a for Profit Indigenous Polling/Opinion Research Organisation  based in Abuja, Nigeria.  The first of its kind in the country;
  • Makeda Fund, A US$50 million private equity fund invest in African Women-owned businesses.  Co-founded the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF), Washington, D.C., and;
  • Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (C-SEA), a not-for-profit Think Tank, based in Abuja, Nigeria.
 November 2006 – December 2007: Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institute, Washington , D.C.  Premier United States Think Tank.  Shared best practice experience and conducted research on International Development and Finance, Economic Reform and Transparency Issues, particularly in Africa.
 June – August 2006:  Federal Republic of Nigeria
 Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs

Responsible for managing Nigeria’s External Relations.

 July 2003 – June 2006:

 Honourable Minister of Finance

Responsible  for Managing finances for Africa’s largest country of over 150 million people, Federation Revenues of over $45 billion (2005).   Federal Government Budget and saving of over $21 billion.

Head of 13 member Presidential Economic Team responsible for implementing a bold Home Grown Medium Term Economic Reform Agenda tackling corruption, increasing transparency in government business, improving management of public finances, reforming the public sector, growing the economy at better than 6% per annum for 3 years running 2004, 2005 and 2006.  The program has turned Nigeria’s economy around.

Led the work and the negotiations that resulted in 60% or $18 billion debt cancellation for Nigeria from the Paris Club, the second largest in the club’s history.  Brought Nigeria’s external debt  burden down from $35 to $5 billion following a Paris Club deal which included an Innovative Discounted Buy Back Operation.

Spearheaded Ratings by International Ratings Agencies Fitch and Standard & Poors and obtained Nigeria’s first ever Rating of BB-from both agencies, considered a relatively favourable first time Rating for Nigeria.

 November 2002 – July 2003:

 The World Bank Group

Vice President and Corporate Secretary

Managed relationships and served as key interlocutor between management and staff of the World Bank Group (IBRD, IFC, IDA, MIGA) and the Executive Board of Governors.  This is a key strategic policy-making and relationship management position in the Bank Group.

 January 2001 – November 2002:

Director, Operations and Country Support
Service Department, Middle East and North Africa Region.

 Worked as Deputy to the Regional Vice President assisting with the overall management of the region's work program ($US67 million budget ad 360 staff)

Managed a unit of Senior Adviser providing support to Regional Staff and Country Clients in the area of financial management, procurement, product quality enhancement, knowledge and technology services and partnership development.

 2000

 The Presidency, Nigeria Economic Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo

Responsible for complete revamp of the management of Nigeria’s then US$30 billion external debt – the country’s most important  financial port-folio, through creation of a new National Debt Management Office (DMO) along the lines of international good practice.

Strengthened National Economic Policy Coordination through creation of the Economic Policy Coordinating Committee (EPCC) chaired by the Vice President.

With an inter-ministerial committee of 45 people, crafted a broad national strategy entitled “Nigeria Economic Policy and Strategy:  The Way Forward” which served as one of the few existing documents outlining the country’s broad strategic directions.

Organised and helped implement capacity building/training of over 40 mid-career civil servants and legislative aides in economic policy and analysis with the assistance of the donor funds from USAID and technical support from the World Bank.

 1997 - 2000

 The World Bank

Country Director, East Asia and Mongolia Country Unit, East Asia Region

Responsible for World Bank-Assisted country programs in Cambodia.  Laos, Mongolia and Malaysia including high level macroeconomic and sectoral policy dialogue and program implementation.

 March 1996 – July 1997:

 Director, Institutional Change and Strategy Department

Responsible for facilitating, integrating, and coordinating the World Bank Group’s institutional change program through developing group business strategy, improving business processes, changing  cultural and behaviours, and monitoring and evaluating the impact of Change Process.

 1994 – 1996:

Division Chief, Country Operations, West Central Country Department, Africa Region.

Responsible for managing country strategies, macroeconomics, and adjustment work programs, for Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin and Togo.

 1991 – 1994:

Division Chief, Agricultural Operations, Middle East and North Africa Region.

Managed Agricultural and Natural Resources work program for Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran and the West Bank Gaza.

Developed sectoral strategies, country lending programs, and technical assistance programs.  This involved extensive travel within the region.

Participated in the environment sessions of the multilateral Round of Middle East (Oslo) Peace Talks and in the development of the Arid Lands Management/Desertification Initiative, for the Round.

 1989 – 1991:

 Senior Economist and Special Assistant
 Office of the Vice President for Operations

 Reported to the Senior Vice President covering operational and policy issues for all Bank countries involving extensive policy analysis and worldwide travel with the Senior Vice President in support of his work.  Contact with top leaders and policy makers worldwide.

 1985 – 1989:

Economist and Senior Economist
South Central and Indian Ocean Department
Agricultural Division, African Region

Managed a broad range of operations and sectoral work, particularly for Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) and Rwanda.

  1983 – 1985:

 Project Economist
 Agricultural Division, East Asia and Pacific Region

 Worked on Agricultural and natural resource operations in Thailand.

 August 1982 – July 1983:

 Economist, South Central and Indian Ocean Department, Agriculture Operations Division Department East Africa Region.

 Worked on Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.

 February – July 1982:

 Economist/Loan Officer
West Africa Programs Division, West Africa Region.

Worked on macro-economic issues and urban sector investment particularly for Cameroon.

 February 1982:  Young Professionals Program

  Sept. 1980 – January 1981:

Course Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Cambridge, Mass, USA.

 Course:  Principles of Economics for first year graduate students.

July 1980:

Consultant,  United Nations/Non Governmental Organization Forum

Conference on Women and Development in Copenhagen.

 Organized workshops on Women and Rural Development in The Third World.

  November – December 1979:

Consultant Ecodesign Ltd
Architectural and Planning Consultant, Cambridge, Mass.,

 Worked on the Master Plan for city of Enugu, Nigeria.

 Sept. 1978 – Jan. 1979:

 Course Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Cambridge, Mass., USA.

 Course: Principles of Economics for first year graduate students.

 May – September 1978:

 Research Assistant, The World Bank
 Conducted a Post-Project evaluation of a Sites and Services Project for low-income housing in Jamaica.

 1977 – 1978 Academic Year:

 Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

1. Regional Economic Theories & Techniques.
2. Regional Economic Planning in less developed countries.

 Sept. 1976 – Jan. 1977:

 Research Assistant Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

 Research housing issues in developing countries.

PUBLICATIONS:
ECONOMICES

 

  1. "Nigeria's Fight for Debt Relief: Tracing the Path" in Lael Brainard and Derek Chollet,
         eds. Global Development 2.0: Can Philanthropist, the Public, and the Poor Make Poverty
          History? Washington, D.C., The Brookings Institution, 2008.
  2. "Nigeria's Shot at Redemption" Finance and Development, Washington, D.C.,
    International Monetary Fund, 2008.
  3. "Corruption: Myths and Realities in a Developing Country Context" Second Richard Sabot
    Memorial Lecture, Washington, D.C., Center for Global Development, June 2007.
  4. "Nigeria's Economic Reforms: Progress and Challenges" co-authored with Philip Osafo-Kwaako,
    Global Economy and Development Working Paper #6, Washington, D.C.,
    The Brookings Institution, March 2007
  5. "Recovering Stolen Assets: Case Study of Nigeria" in Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR)
    Initiative: Challenges, Opportunities and Action Plan, Washington, D.C., World Bank
    2007.
  6. "Managing the Challenges of Economic Reform in a Global Context: The Case of Nigeria."
    Global Economic Governance Program Papers, University College Oxford, May 2005.
  7. The Debt Trap in Nigeria: Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy co-edited with Charles C.
    Soludo and Mansur Muhtar. Africa Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA, 2003. 
  8. The Impact of the East Asian Financial Crisis on Laos and Cambodia.Co-authored with
    Victoria Kwakwa, Andrea Beckwith, and Zafar Ahmed. Finance and Development,
    International Monetary Fund, Sept. 1999.
  9. La Banque Mondiales' Adapte a une Monde en Evolution.Co-authored with Rahul Raturi.
    Revue Tiers Monde. July-September 1997.
  10. "Structural Adjustment and Egyptian Agriculture: Some Preliminary Indications of the
    Impact Economic Reforms," co-authored with Youssef Fuleihan, in Mohammed A. Faris
    and Mohammed Hassan Khan, ed. Sustainable Agriculture in Egypt, Boulder, CO. and
    London, UK: Lyne Reinner, 1993.
  11. Egypt: An Agricultural Strategy for the 1990s, Washington, D.C. World Bank Country,
    1992. (Mission Leader and Country Study Supervisor).
  12. "Women's Access to Informal Rural Financial Markets; A Case Study From Bendel State,
    Nigeria." Proceedings of the Conference on Women and Development, Canada: Dalhousie
    University, 1986.

    "Developing Finance Institutions in Nigeria's Rural Areas; Some Farm Household
    Perspectives," Savings and Development, Milan, Italy: Centre for Financial Assistance to
    Africa Countries, Vo1.6, No.2, 1982

Others
Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light.A Biography for Youth and Up, co-authored with
Tijan Sallah. Africa World Press, Trenton, New Jersey, USA, 2003.

  • SELECTED INTERNAL WORLD BANK DOCUMENTS
    Low-Income Countries Under Stress (UCUS) Task Force Report, World Bank, 2002.
  • "Zaire; Agricultural Sector Memorandum," World Bank, 1989.
  • Kenya; Land Issues." World Bank, March 1983.
  • "Cameroon; Review of Urban Sector Investment, Fifth Development Plan, World bank, July
    1983.
  1. SELECTED UNPUBLISHED PAPERS AND PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES
    "Diversifying Kazakhstan's Economy and Aspirations", Speech at Nazarbayev Univeristy,
    Astana, Kazakhstan, June 2011.
  2. "Restoring Europe's Luster", European Constituency Meeting, Cyprus, May 2011.
  3. "Promoting Sustained Growth in the Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities", William
    Demas Memorial Lecture at the Caribbean Development Bank, Trinidad & Tobago, May 2011
  4. "India in a Multipolar World", Dehli, India, May 2011. 
  5. "Opportunity in Crisis", Speech at UN Conference on Least Developed Countries, Istanbul,
    Turkey, May 2011.
  6. "Growth Prospects and Investment Opportunities in Africa", Everest Emerging Markets
    Forum, Miami, Florida, April 2011 
  7. "Innovation for Growth in Africa", MIT Sloan School Africa Business Conference,
    Massachusetts, April 2011.
  8. "Africa's Capacity Challenges and our Commitment to Addressing them" Address at ACBF's
    20th Anniversary Celebration, Kigali, Rwanda, February 2011
  9. "A New Agenda for Sustainable Development of Abia State", Nigeria, December, 2010.
  10. "Promoting Smart and Responsible Investment in Africa", 2010 China Mining Congress and
    Expo, Tianjin, China, November 2010. 
  11. "Africa's Rebound - Revisiting the Role of Development Assistance", Bretton Woods
    Committee Meeting, Washington DC, October 2010.
  12. "Creating a Favorable Environment for Export Diversification and Competitiveness in Sub-
    Saharan Africa", AGOA Forum, Washington, DC, August 2010.
  13. "Why the G20 should be interested in the Development of the G-160", Busan, Korea, June
    2010. 
  14. "What's the Big Idea? To Reposition Africa as the Fifth BRIC", Harvard Kennedy School,
    May 2010. 
  15. "Safeguarding Nigeria's Fiscal Health", University of Calabar Graduation Address, Nigeria,
    April 2010. 
  16. "Promoting South-South Cooperation-Framing a New Development Landscape," Bogota,
    Colombia, March 2010.
  17. "Celebrating the Young Nigerian Spirit," Lagos, February 2010.
  18. "Accelerating Intra African Trade and Investment," Ghana, February 2010.
  19.  "Fighting Corruption: Leading the Way Forward," Qatar, November 2009. 
  20. "A Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Challenges and Opportunities of Development
    Assistance Beyond the Crisis," Japan, November 2009. 
  21. "Looking Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa", Public Lecture at
    London School of Economics, London, September 2009.
  22. "The Global Financial Crisis: Impact and Implications for Nigeria", Distinguished Lecture at
    African University of Science & Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, March 2009.
  23. "Africa and the U.S.: Opportunities and Challenges for the Next Administration", The 38th
    Annual Legislative Conference's Foreign Affairs Brain Trust on Africa, Washington, D.C.
    September 2008.
  24. "New Challenges on the World Food Markets", Address to the St. Petersburg International
    Economic Forum, St. Petersburg, June 2008.
  25. "A Global Partnership in the Fight against Corruption", Conference of State Parties to the
    United Nations Convention against Corruption. Indonesia. January 2008.
  26. "A Transforming Africa: Opportunities and Challenges", The 2007 Michael Littleton
    Memorial Lecture. Dublin, Ireland, December 2007. 
  27. "Nigeria's Economic Reforms: Prospects & Challenges", Address at the World Affairs Council
    of Houston, Houston, Texas August 2007. 
  28. "Nigeria: Economic Challenges Going Forward." Paper Presented at the Annual General
    Meeting of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Lagos, March 2003. 
  29. "The Role of Social Infrastructure in Nigeria. Central Bank of Nigeria Annual Monetary
    Conference, Abuja, November 2001. 

  30.  "Moving Africa Forward: What More Can Donors and Government Do?" Keynote Paper,
    Evert Ermeer Stichting (EVS) Conference on Africa for the Dutch Labour Party. The
    Netherlands, April 2001.

THESES

  1. "Credit Policy, Rural Financial Markets and Nigeria's Agricultural Development, PhD.
    Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA,1971.
  2. "Indigenous Rural Savings and Credit Associations; A Case Study From Bendel State,
    Nigeria," M.C.P Thesis, Massachusetts Institute oftechnology, Cambridge, Mass. USA, 1978. 
  3. "Import Substitution in the Nigeria Cotton Textile Industry," A.B. Thesis, Harvard University, 1976.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Financing Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. 
  • Managing development in Sub-Saharan Africa; what is missing in the equation? 
  • Formal and informal financial markets; their role in the development of rural and Urban area. 
  • Urban/rural development in Africa; the role of external finance. 
  • Spatial aspect of fiscal and monetary policies. 
  • Price intervention in urban areas; their effect on rural production and consumption.

WORLD BANK ACTIVITIES 

  • Co-Chair, LICUS Task Force (Low Income Countries Under Stress), Oct. 2001- March 2002 
  • Chair, Human Resources Committee-Administrative Client Support (ACS) Network, 2001 
  • Member, Clearance and Staffing Panel for Country Unit staff, 2001 
  • Member, Director Selection Committee, Young Professionals Program, 1997-2000 
  • Chair, Staff Association working group on status of Women, 1993-1996. 
  • Member, Small Grants Committee, 1993-1996 
  • Chair, Economist Recruitment Sub-Group, 1991-1995 
  • Member Economist Clearance Panel, 1992-1995 
  • Member, Agricultural Staffing Panel, 1992-1995 
  • Member, World Bank Appeal Committee, 1993-1994 
  • Member, Outside Interest Committee, 1991-1994 
  • Founder, African Women Informal Networking Group, World Bank, 1986-87
  • BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND CHAIRMANSHIP
  • ONE Campaign, Washington, D.C. and London 
  • The World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C. 
  • The Rockefeller Foundation, New York
  • Foundation Board of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, Davos,
    Switzerland 
  • The African Institutes of Science and TechnologylNelson Mandela Institute, Abuja 
  • African University of Science and Technology, Abuja 
  • Center for Global Development (CGD) 
  • Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative 
  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) Leadership Council 
  • Vital Voices, Washington, D.C. 
  • External Advisory Board, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI),
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 
  • Advisory Board, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 
  • Results for Development Institute, Washington, D.C. 
  • Member, System Dynamics Advisory Board, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University,
    Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 
  • Member, Visiting Committee, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP),
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 
  • Co-founder and member, Board of Directors, Women of Light Foundation (WOLF). An NGO
    assisting female sex workers, in Lagos, Nigeria 
  • Member, Advisory Board, L YNX- Linking Nigerian Youth Together. An NGO formed by a
    group of Nigerian students in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Member, Board of Fate Foundation, USA and Nigeria. 
  • Member, Advisory Board, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington D.C., USA 
  • Chair World Bank Development Committee. Spring 2004 
    Representative to the Development Committee (2004 to date) of Anglophone Constituency of
    African Governors of World Bank 
  • Member, International Monetary Policy and Finance Committee (IMFC) of the IMF as part of
    Anglophone Constituency of African Governors of IMF

SELECTED LIST OF HONOURS 

  • The 2011 Global Leadership Award, Chicago Council on Global Affairs.Zul l. 
  • Top 100 most inspiring people delivering for girls and women, Women Deliver, 2011. 
  • Top 100 Women, The Guardian, 2011. 
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in Economics (honoris causa), Obafemi Awolowo
    University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2011. 
  • The Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, Africare, 2010. 
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, The University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 2010. 
  • This Day Award of 50 Most Notable Nigerians who have contributed most to 50 years of
    Nigerian Development, 2010. 
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Amherst College, USA, May 2008. 
  • Member of Prestigious Nobel Prize Winner, Prof. Michael Spence led Commission on Growth
    and Development, 2008. 
  • Conde Nast International Business Intelligence Magazine Portfolio as one of 73 "Brilliant"
    business influencers in the world, 2008. 
  • Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, December 2007. 
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Colby College, USA, May 2007. 
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Brown University, USA, May 2006. 
  • Forbes Magazine 100 Most Powerful Women in the world, 2006. 
  • Global Finance Minister of the Year 2005 EUROMONEYMagazine. 
  • Honarary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville, Jamaica
    2004. 
  • Finance Minister of the Year 2005, Africa and the Middle East: Emerging Markets Magazine. 
  • TIME Magazine European Heroes Award 2004. 
  • Minister of the Year 2004 & 2005 THISDAY Nigeria Newspaper. 
  • Finance Minister of the Year 2004 for Africa and Middle East - Award by THE BANKER, a
    publication of the FINANCIAL TIMES. 
  • Nigerian Association of Humanitarian NGOs Excellence Award 2005. 
  • Umuada Igbo (Association ofIgbo Women of Nigeria). Excellence Award 2005. 
  • Nigerian Institute of Directors, Excellence and Leadership Award 2005. 
  • Umuahia Catholic Diocese, Abia State, Nigeria, Courage, Excellence and Leadership Award
    2005. 
  • Euromarket Forum, Brussels Belgium, 2004 Award for Vision and Courage In Design and
    Implementation of Nigeria's Economic Reform Programme. 
  • 2000 Merit Award - Nigerian Lawyers Association, New York, USA. 
     

    International Economics Contribution Award - Nigerian Peoples Forum. 
  • African Development Leader Award - African Community Development Institute (ACODI). 
  • World Bankers Toastmaster's Club Communications and Leadership Award, Washington,
    D.C., 1996. 
  • Josephine L. Murray Traveling Fellow, Harvard University, 1975. 
  • Junior Fellow, Harvard Institute ofInternational Affairs, 1976. 
  • Isobel L. Briggs American Fellow, Harvard University/MIT, 1976. 
  • International Fellow, American Association of University Women, 1977-78

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Writing Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction 
  • Reading 
  • Swimming
  • Mentoring younger professional men and women
  1. REFERENCES
  2. Mr. Robert Zoellick, President, World Bank, 2007 to date. 
  3. President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aso
    Rock, Abuja, Nigeria. 
  4. Dr. Christopher Kolade, Pro-Chancellor, Lagos Business School and former Nigerian Higher
    Commissioner to the UK. 
  5. Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, former President, World Bank, new Chair Global Advisory Board,
    Citi -group, New York and also CEO and Chair of the Board James D. Wolfensohn Inc. New
    York 
  6. Mr. Moeen Qureshi, former Prime Minister of Pakistan; former World Bank Senior Vice
    President for Operations, currently Chairman of The Emerging Markets Corporation,
    Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 900, Washington, DC.
  7. Mr. Jean-Louis Sarbib, former Senior Vice President, Human Development Network, and
    former World Bank Vice-President, Middle East and North Africa Region,1818 H Street,
    N.W., Washington, DC.20433
  8. Mr. Brian Wilson, Former Director, Aga Khan Foundation, Paris, former CEO Allied Irish
    Bank, Dublin, Ireland, now Fellow, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. 
  9. Prof. Karen Polenske, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies &
    Planning, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., USA.

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