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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala awarded David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award

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David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership AwardThe Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday, April 8th, has been honoured with 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 Annan, Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Bill Gates, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, James Wolfenson etc, that have been honoured in the past.

The only other Nigerian who has previously received the award for her decades-long work of empowering women is 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.

Governor of the State of Para, Brazil Simaol Jatene, Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaPeggy Rockefeller Dulany, Chair of Synergos,  and CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman

Governor of the State of Para, Brazil Simaol Jatene, Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaPeggy Rockefeller Dulany, Chair of Synergos, and CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman

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 look 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 organization supports initiatives in more than 30 countries and regions. It has staff and representatives in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Latin America.

Press Release & Photo Credit: African Press Organisation (APO)

5 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    April 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This is one big honour anyone will always wished upon himself….. Niceone, she just made naija proud no doubt…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. Rotimi Lawanson

    April 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I just admire this woman. She is so focused and an achiever in very impossible circumstances. This Madam has to deal with those thieves in the National Assembly, thieves in Government and all kinds of contractors who don’t have the country’s interest at heart. They just want free money. God has really blessed her. I wish my own children will one day be known like this madam. Carry go. Madam!

  3. Noble (http://www.lagosconvo.com)

    April 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Award winners do not have a union.

  4. Toban

    April 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Rockefeller? That is a name NIGERIANS might want to google and be enlightened on. These people and these gatherings are free masons meetings and reward systems!

  5. lexy

    April 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Great woman! Congratulations.

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