Congratulations to the new World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Congratulations to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria for being the first women candidate to run for the number one position in the bank. By being a viable contender for the position of president she has achieved a major milestone for all women and I stand in support with her and her efforts.
Bravo to former Columbian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo. Ocampo withdrew his candidacy prior to the final selection and announced his support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the most qualified and experienced candidate.
It is an exciting time for women in leadership and I am glad that we are continuing to make forward advances by being included and acknowledged in areas we previously were denied.
I look forward to seeing what will come next from this fantastic woman in leadership as she continues her role as Finance Minister of Nigeria. Go Team Ngozi!
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngozi_Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born 13 June 1954) is a Nigerian and a highly respected and influential global leader, economist, policy maker and thinker on Finance and Economic Development. She has been listed 5 years consecutively as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by Forbes Magazine and in 2013 was listed as one of the Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine. In 2015, she was also listed as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders by Fortune.
She served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003-2006, 2011-2015) and was previously Managing Director of the World Bank (2007-2011). She currently chairs the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the African Risk Capacity (ARC). She is also a Senior Adviser at Lazard.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is renowned as the first female and black candidate to contest for the presidency of the World Bank Group in 2012.