Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a well respected and influential global leader, has been called one of the most powerful women in the world, a description that carries as much controversy as cache.
The economist and policy maker garnered global popularity in nobility after her elevation from Nigeria’s Finance Minister to Managing Director of the World Bank, where she was the first female and black candidate to make a bid for the Bank’s presidency.
During her tenure there, she became a fierce advocate for development in Africa, suggesting that business investment does more good than international aid.
When she returned to the Nigerian government, Okonjo-Iweala worked to eradicate corruption and improve transparency – a monumental task in a country rife with graft from the top down.
The effort to change a culture from within left her vulnerable to criticism.
We’ll find how Okonjo-Iweala navigates these challenges when she joins The Stream on Monday (tonight) for an intimate conversation at 1930 GMT / 2030 WAT.