By James Ibechi
Former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Twitter, the social media network has announced.
Describing the former Minister and one of Africa’s leading female thought-leaders, as a ” distinguished leader with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise,” Omid Kordestani, Executive Chairman of Twitter said the appointment of Okonjo-Iweala was with immediate effect.
“Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,” said Okonjo-Iweala of her appointment.
“As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.” She adds.
“Ngozi … [is] a distinguished leader with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise… will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service,” said Omid Kordestani in a statement.
Okonjo-Iweala has served as a Senior Advisor to Lazard, Ltd., a global financial advisory and asset management firm, since September 2015.
Prior to joining Lazard, she served as the Minister of Finance of Nigeria from July 2003 until June 2006 and as the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from August 2011 until May 2015. From 1982 until 2003 and then from December 2007 until August 2011, she held several positions at the World Bank, most recently as Managing Director from December 2007 until August 2011.
She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Standard Chartered plc, a multinational banking and financial services company, since November 2017.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has served as the Board Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) since January 2016.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.B. from Harvard University.