The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been listed on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list.
According to Forbes’ 20th annual ranking released yesterday, the distinguished Nigerian economist holds the 87th spot, surpassing South African businesswoman Mpumi Madisa, who stands at 88th.
Tanzanian President Samia Hassan also makes her debut on the list at the 93rd position, alongside Nigerian media mogul and philanthropist Mo Abudu at the 98th.
Members of the 2023 #PowerWomen ranking represent women in six categories: business, technology, finance, media & entertainment, politics & policy, and philanthropy.
Topping the chart is Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission for Impactful Policy and Budget, while Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President, secures the second spot, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris following closely in third place.
Okonjo-Iweala, who shattered barriers in 2021 as the first woman and the first African Director-General of the WTO, is celebrated for her remarkable career at the World Bank and impactful economic reforms in Nigeria.
Her recognition on Forbes’ list underscores not only her significant contributions to global trade but also her commitment to economic development, governance, and international leadership.