Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joins Twitter Inc Board

Twitter has appointed former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank Chief as a director with immediate effect after a recent reshuffle of the company’s board. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian economist and the first female Minister of Finance. She was the Managing Director of the World Bank and chairs the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the second Black woman on Twitter’s board (former BET CEO Debra Lee is the first) and she replaces Marjorie Scardino (former CEO at Pearson) who will step down from the board at the end of the year for personal reasons.

Twitter’s Executive Chairman, Omid Kordestani said: “Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise. 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.

“Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,” said Dr. Okonjo-Iweala. “As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.”

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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