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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala named the winner of the prestigious David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award



Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
was on Tuesday named the winner of the prestigious
David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.
Ms. Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the Coordinating
Minister for the Economy, was named alongside Paul
Polman, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Unilever and Governor of the State of Para, Brazil, Simao Jatene.
Ms. Okonjo-Iweala joined a long list of high profile
personalities that have been honoured with the award
in the past.
They include late South African President, Nelson
Mandela; former United Nations Secretary General,
Kofi Anan; former President of the United States,
Bill Clinton; and foremost British Entrepreneur and
founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson.
Others are Her Royal Majesty, Queen Rania Al
Abdullah of Jordan; American investor and Co-
founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates; President of
Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirlea; and former World
Bank President, James Wolfenson.
The only other Nigerian who had previously received
the award for her decades-long work on women
empowerment was Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Ekiti
State governor, Kayode Fayemi.
Organisers of the award said Ms. Okonjo-Iweala
was recognized and honoured “for her uncommon
courage and capacity to deliver on the economy and
leadership, in a very difficult environment.”
The award was organised as part of the Synergos
Institute University for a Night series, which brought
together leaders from diverse backgrounds in business,
government and civil society to discuss innovative ways
of addressing global problems.
Synergos is a group of leading philanthropists that look
at issues affecting the world, such as unleashing the
leadership capacity of young people; changing the lives
of women and girls; women’s health and social justice;
improving governance to meet human needs;
overcoming violence and sustaining peace.
Founded in 1986 by Peggy Rockefeller Dulany, who
serves as the Chair, the organization supports
initiatives in more than 30 countries of the world and
It has staff and representatives in Africa, Europe,
Middle East and Latin America. The award was
presented to Ms. Okonjo-Iweala by Ms. Dulany.

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