Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Independent Non-Executive Director | Joined November 2017

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


Ngozi was appointed an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered PLC in November 2017 and an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank in April 2019.


Ngozi has significant geopolitical, economic, risk and development experience and expertise at a governmental and intergovernmental level.


A development economist, Ngozi spent 25 years working at the World Bank in various positions. After leaving in 2003, she served as the Finance Minister of Nigeria from 2003 to 2006. She returned to the World Bank in 2007, serving as a Managing Director until 2011, when she was appointed to the role of Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy in the Nigerian government, a position she held until 2015. During her time in government she spearheaded Nigeria’s successful programme to obtain debt relief and is credited with developing reforms that helped improve governmental transparency to stabilise and grow the Nigerian economy.

External appointments

Ngozi is an independent director of Twitter, Inc and Chair of GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations. She also holds a number of prestigious international advisory positions including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and holds advisory panel and chair positions at a range of global institutions, including charitable foundations, non-governmental organisations and intergovernmental organisations. Ngozi chairs the African Risk Capacity, a weather based insurance organisation of the African Union. She is a member of the G20 Eminent Persons Group reviewing Global Financial Governance and is an ambassador of the Open Government Partnership.