Okonjo-Iweala served as the first female Minister for Finance and since then she has carved out a name for herself in finance and politics.
She has been listed as Fortune’s top 50 Greatest World Leaders and made Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
Her achievements, therefore, make it no surprise that she has been named Harvard University’s Angelopoulos fellow for the year 2020.
Harvard Kennedy School Dean, Douglas Elmendorf, made the announcement on Monday. He said:
“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will bring to the Kennedy School a wealth of practical experience and insights into the development challenges and achievements in Africa and across the developing world.
“As the longest-serving finance minister in Nigeria and a leader at the World Bank for more than two decades, she engineered successful new approaches to fostering sustained and inclusive growth in developing countries.
“She will enrich our campus conversation on the public policy choices needed for effective governance that serves societies.”
An excited Okonjo-Iweala took to her Twitter account to acknowledge and celebrate the new position. She wrote:
“Excited to be named the Harvard University Kennedy School 2020 Angelopoulos Fellow. Honoured to follow in the footsteps of presidents Santos, Halonen, Calderon and former UNSG Ban Ki-Moon.”
Excited to be named the Harvard University Kennedy School 2020 Angelopoulos Fellow. Honored to follow in the footsteps of Presidents Santos, Halonen, Calderon and Former UNSG Ban Ki Moonhttps://t.co/8uf2CHxyAC
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) February 4, 2020