Former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointment as the new Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Okonjo-Iweala beat her last standing rival, Yoo Myung Hee, by a wide margin in a keenly contested election. She got the support of over 100 member states and her long-standing career in trade elevated her chances.
The official announcement is expected to be made by the WTO later.
Okonjo-Iweala, 66, served as Nigeria’s first female Finance and later Foreign Affair minister, and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist and international finance expert at the World Bank, eventually becoming its number two.
She is also on Twitter’s board of directors and is a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 fight.