Okonjo-Iweala bags Rock­e­feller lead­er­ship award

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

The Fi­nance Min­is­ter and Co­or­di­nat­ing Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, Dr. Ngozi Okon­joIweala, yes­ter­day re­ceived the pres­ti­gious David Rock­e­feller Bridg­ing Lead­er­ship Award along­side Paul Pol­man, CEO of Unilever and Si­mao Jatene, Gover­nor of the State of Para, Brazil in New York.

Okonjo-Iweala was joined by a list of high pro­file per­son­al­i­ties such as the late Nel­son Man­dela, Kofi Anan, Bill Clin­ton, Sir Richard Bran­son, Her Majesty Queen Ra­nia Al Ab­dul­lah of Jordan, Bill Gates, Pres­i­dent of Liberia Ellen John­sonSir­leaf, James Wolfen­son, among oth­ers that have been hon­oured in the past.

The only other Nige­rian who has re­ceived the award for her decades­long work of em­pow­er­ing women is Mrs. Bisi Fayemi.

In Okonjo-Iweala’s case, she is be­ing hon­oured for her un­com­mon courage and ca­pac­ity to deliver on the econ­omy and lead, in a very dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­ment.

Or­gan­ised as part of the Syn­er­gos In­sti­tute Univer­sity for a Night Se­ries, the event brings to­gether lead­ers from busi­ness, govern­ment and civil so­ci­ety to dis­cuss in­no­va­tive ways of ad­dress­ing global prob­lems.

Syn­er­gos is a group of leading phi­lantropists that looks at is­sues 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 chair, the or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports ini­tia­tives in more than 30 coun­tries and re­gions. It has staff and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Africa, Europe, Mid­dle East and Latin Amer­ica.

The award was pre­sented by Mrs. Du­lany.

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