FORMER Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named as Chairperson of the 28-member Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and Senior Advisor of the 167-year-old global investment firm, Lazard Investment Bank.
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala was elected to the position after a competitive international search process.
GAVI brings together developing countries and do-nor governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and develop- ing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.
In the second appointment as Senior Advisor, Lazard Investment Bank, her focus will be sovereign advisory.
former Spanish Economy Minister and current Snr Managing Director at Lazard, Rodrigo de Rato; former Chair of NASDAQ, Frank Zarb; former Finance Minister of Chile, Andres Velasco and former British Minister of Parliament/Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell.
The two appointments will enable me to continue doing what I know best – rendering public service and using my financial and economist skills. I thank the international community for the recognition and continued support. I am also grateful for the prayers and support of many Nigerians.”