Full List: Okonjo-Iweala Tops Financial Times’ 25 Most Influential Women of 2021

Full List: Okonjo-Iweala Tops Financial Times’ 25 Most Influential Women of 2021

Financial Times has released a list of the 25 most influential women of 2021 and Nigerian-born Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made the cut.

Although Financial Times said the list is unranked, Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, was listed as number one.

Okonjo-Iweala among 25 Most Influential Women of 2021
Okonjo-Iweala was appointed to the helm of the WTO in March 2021. Photo credit: Andreas SOLARO
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The publication stated:

"Across continents, industries and issues, all of these remarkable women have shaped this tumultuous year. Each of them is sure to help shape the better ones to come."

Below are the women from across the world who made the list.

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1. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Since March 2021, Okonjo-Iweala has been serving as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Christen Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, described Okonjo-Iweala as fierce and talented a competitor as she is a caring friend.

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2. Lina Khan

She is the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. She was sworn in on June 15, 2021. The 32-year-old was born in the UK and moved to the US as a child.

Lina Khan
Khan is an associate professor at Columbia Law School. Photo credit: Saul Loeb
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3. Mary Barra

She is the Chair and CEO, General Motors. Forbes reports that Barra is the first woman to lead one of the big three automakers in the U.S.

Barra was also named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2021.

Mary Barra
Mary Barra spoke at the company's Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant on November 17, 2021. Photo credit: Nic Antaya
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4. Gita Gopinath

She is the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

5. Luiza Trajano

The businessperson and philanthropist is the only Brazilian in the British newspaper's list.

6. Nancy Pelosi

At 81, the speaker, United States House of Representatives, is a unique figure in American politics. She is the nation’s first woman, first Californian and first Italian-American to become speaker of the house.

7. Mariam Al-Mahdi

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Sudan’s foreign minister until late November, she was active in the struggle for democracy in her home country for more than three decades.

8. Kate Bingham

Former Chair, UK Vaccine Taskforce, Kate is a British venture capitalist. She served as the chair of the taskforce between May and late December 2020.

9. Cathie Wood

Born November 26, 1955, she is an American investor and the founder, CEO, Ark Investment Management, an investment management firm.

10. Rosalind Brewer

She is an American businesswoman serving as the CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

11. Tsai Ing-Wen

Tsai is the first female president of Taiwan. She was born on August 31, 1956.

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-Wen
She has been serving as the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 2016. Photo credit: Walid Berrazeg
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12. Frances Haugen

She is a data scientist and whistleblower. She worked at Facebook for two years before leaving.

13. Naomi Osaka

She is a Japanese professional tennis player. She is said to be one of the most successful businesswomen in sports.

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14. Elisa Loncón Antileo

She is the president, Chile’s Constitutional Convention. Born January 23, 1963, Antileo is a Mapuche linguist and indigenous rights activist in Chile. Her election as president was nothing short of remarkable.

15. Agnes Chow

She is a Hong Kong politician and social activist. Chow came to prominence while still a student during the 2014 "umbrella movement" calling for universal suffrage.

16. Liz Cheney

Congresswoman, United States House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2016, on a platform of pursuing conservative solutions to help create jobs.

17. Vanessa Nakate

She is a justice advocate. The climate activist from Uganda spearheaded the campaign to save Congo’s rainforest, which is facing massive deforestation.

18. Sotooda Forotan

The 15-year-old Afghan student and activist stood up against a decision by the Taliban to ban girls from schools in grades 7-12 after the Islamic Emirate swept into power in Afghanistan.

19. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

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The leader, co-ordination Council of Belarus, entered the presidential race when her husband, activist and blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski, was arrested in May 2020.

20. Chloé Zhao

Chinese-born Zhao is a filmmaker. She is the first Asian woman, the first woman of colour and only the second woman ever to win the Academy Award for dest director.

21. Sally Rooney

At 30, the Irish author is already the most talked-about novelist of her generation.

22. Shonda Rhimes

Best known for creating popular TV series as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, the television producer, screenwriter and author's ability to not just change but create the conversations around storytelling and television is unprecedented.

23. Scarlett Johansson

She is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress for three of the past four years. Not too long ago, she sued Disney over the release of Black Widow as it has allegedly breached the terms outlined in her contract.

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24. Paula Rego

She is a Portuguese-British visual artist who is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks.

25. Gabriela Hearst

The creative director, Chloé; Founder and Creative Director, Gabriela Hearst has thanked FT for the honour. She said she is humbled.

This year's list is an expanded version of the 12 listed in 2020. Women have been playing an increasingly important role in social life and national development and deserve to be recognised.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with Basketball legend

Okonjo-Iweala met with Congolese-American basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States.

The WTO DG and Mutombo took an adorable photo together and many social media users couldn't stop talking about their height difference.

The photo was shared on Instagram by Tunde Ednut, who captioned it:

"World Trade Organisation boss Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala meets DR Congo basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA."

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