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WTO Formally Picks Okonjo-Iweala as Its First Female Leader

  • Ex-Nigerian finance minister seeks to revive an embattled WTO
  • She pledges to serve as a mediator between U.S. and China
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaPhotographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
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The World Trade Organization selected Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to be the first woman and first African as its leader, tasking the former Nigerian finance minister with restoring trust in a rules-based global trading system roiled by protectionism and the pandemic.