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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Celebrates Her TIME Magazine Cover as She is Named an Influential Person

Congratulations to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala!

The Director General of the World Trade Organization took to her Twitter to celebrate after she was unveiled as one of the cover stars of TIME Magazine and also named one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in the world.

She said, ” Honored and privileged to be on the cover of Time Magazine and to be recognized as one of the Worlds most influential leaders! Profound thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their kind words. All Glory to God!” 

And here’s what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said about her in their introduction published by the magazine:

As the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization, a 164-member group of nations that oversees trade across the world, Okonjo-Iweala took on the role of director-general this March at a watershed moment for our global health and well-being. Make no mistake, her job affects every person, family and community.

As we face a constant barrage of vaccine misinformation, bureaucratic slowdowns across both government and industry, and the rise of variants that underscore the urgency of the situation, Okonjo-Iweala has shown us that to end the pandemic, we must work together to equip every nation with equitable vaccine access. Our conversations with her have been as informative as they are energizing. This is partly because, despite the challenges, she knows how to get things done—even between those who don’t always agree—and does so with grace and a smile that warms the coldest of rooms.

The fragility of our world right now cannot be overstated. Just over a quarter of the nearly 8 billion global population is fully vaccinated.

Achieving vaccine equity is a global duty of compassion for one another. Our hope is that guided by strong leaders like Ngozi, we can get there soon.

 

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