Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to become the first woman and first African leader of the World Trade Organisation; an institution in desperate need of a fresh start! The WTO has announced a general council meeting on Monday, at which the former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank veteran is expected to be officially selected as the global trade body's new director-general.
This pandemic has exposed increasing inequality between nations, so it is perfect timing for a stellar performer from an emerging economy to take on this geopolitically challenging role. Rising to seemingly insurmountable challenges is something of a habit for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala…
In honour of this, we look at her top 5 quotes on leadership and overcoming challenges in life:
“I believe that when you find problems, you should also find solutions.”
“When I became finance minister, they called me Okonjo-Wahala - or 'Trouble Woman.' It means 'I give you hell.' But I don't care what names they call me. I'm a fighter; I'm very focused on what I'm doing, and relentless in what I want to achieve, almost to a fault. If you get in my way, you get kicked.”
"I can take hardship. I can sleep on the cold floor anytime. I can also sleep on a feather bed."
“Investing in women is smart economics, and investing in girls, catching them upstream, is even smarter economics.”
“When it comes to doing my job, I keep my ego in my handbag.”
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