I believe in the power of trade, and I believe the WTO can overcome its current challenges.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala





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Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom endorses Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for WTO Director-General

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Ngozi has twice been the very successful finance and economic minister of Nigeria. She has been the much acclaimed Managing Director of the World Bank. She is a brilliant negotiator, as I found when I worked with her to secure debt relief in Africa. She has ch…

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The Hon Julia Gillard AC

27th Prime Minister of Australia

I have known Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala since 2012 and have had the privilege of working closely with her. She is one of those rare leaders who combines a depth of technical knowledge with strategic insight and exceptional inter-personal skills. Hardworking, scrupulo…

Paul Polman

Former CEO of Uniler and philanthropist

The WTO needs a credible, reform-minded leader like Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The Covid-19 crisis continues to raise more questions than answers, but there is one thing of which we can be certain: the need for global cooperation has never been grea…

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

24th President of Liberia

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been an enriching thread in both my professional and political life. While she is a junior sister in the African tradition, given the age gap, she has been able to offer me some information at some critical points, which impacted my …

Cyril Ramaphosa

President of South Africa and Chair of the African Union

“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is a highly distinguished African, who has excelled in various public offices, in her native Nigeria, including responsibilities in the AU, and in numerous international assignments.

“At a time when international organisat…

Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

The world needs a functioning multilateral trade organisation. The World Trade Organization needs new Director-General with leadership skills to bring diverse nations together to resolve obstacles to completing a trade round and reform the organization. Dr Ngo…