Twitter appoints Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former finance minister to its board

On Thursday, Twitter announced that it has added two new members to its board of directors. Nigeria's former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Robert Zoellick, an American lawyer were named to the social media platform's board.

Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala?

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 brilliantly served under former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan. 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. Okonjo-Iweala has served as the Board Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) since January 2016. Okonjo-Iweala holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.B. from Harvard University. The traditional undergraduate degrees awarded by Harvard University are the A.B. and S.B. The A.B. is an abbreviation of the Latin name for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree “artium baccalaureus.” The S.B., Latin for “scientiae baccalaureus,” is the Bachelor of Science (B.S.).


According to Omid Kordestani, Twitter's Executive Chairman:

"We are confident they 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."

 

In a statement , Okonjo-Iweala welcomed the 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." she said in a statement."

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