Mrs Oby Ezekwesili
Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, immediate past Vice President of Africa Region at the World Bank, began her career as an auditor and management consultant.
She was one of the founding members of Transparency International, where she held the position as Director for Africa, and also served as Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring, and the Price Intelligence Unit, where she spear-headed institutional reforms through the establishment of due process mechanisms and strategies. It was in that position that she came to be known as “Madam Due Process,” reflecting her zeal for reform and personal integrity.
Mrs. Ezekwesili subsequently served as Minister of Solid Minerals Development, with emphasis on reforming Nigeria’s mining sector to internationally recognized standards. She has also served as the Chairperson for the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative since 2004 and pioneered the voluntary sign-on of Nigeria to the EITI Principles, as well as the first ever audit of the oil and gas sector.
Since June 2006, Mrs. Ezekwesili has been the Minister of Education where she was tasked with leading the country’s on-going comprehensive reform strategy within the education sector. The track record attesting to her innovative success in this area culminated with the Nigerian stock exchange launch of “Adopt-A-Public School Initiative” earlier this year.
Mrs. Ezekwesili holds a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from University of Lagos , as well as a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. She is also a chartered accountant.