Oooh! So, Twitter is doing great by bringing Nigeria’s ex-finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on its board.
Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala?
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala getting on the board of directors is a really huge thing given her reputation. She graduated from the prestigious Harvard University. She is also an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she’s earned her Ph.D. I know, baller academics, right? She has also received honorary degrees from Brown University, Yale University, Trinity college to name a few.
Her career after that is no less awesome. She served twice as the finance minister and the minister of foreign affairs and the first woman to hold those positions in Nigeria. She has also been a member and a patron of various non-profit organizations that oversee education, development, public policy and governance in Africa. Being the brains behind the super successful ‘Youth enterprise with Innovation Program’ is another feather in her cap. This program empowered so many entrepreneurs and created thousands of jobs. Besides this, she was the managing director of the World Bank where she oversaw the operational portfolio of South Asia, Central Asia, Africa and Europe. Okonjo-Iweala even recently published a book called as ‘Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The story behind the headlines.
Twitter Welcomes Okonjo
After being welcomed at Twitter, Okonjo-Iweala tweeted about how excited she is to join the team. She also stated that ‘As we strive to build a better community for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and amplify critical conversations around today’s most important issues’.
The Twitter board comprises of 10 members of which three are women. Silicon Valley companies have been facing a lot of criticism lately. Especially about their lack of diversity in the management and executive ranks. Okonjo-Iweala is going to replace Marjorie Scardino. She would also be a black female board member, in addition to Debra Lee, who is the chief executive of BET networks. Other members of the board include Omid Kordestani, Jack Dorsey, Martha Lane Fox, Patrick Pichette, David Rosenblatt, Bret Taylor, Evan Williams and Robert Zoellick.
Twitter Aims To Be Diverse
Twitter has been taking the criticism about the lack of diversity in its employment pretty seriously. The company has been paying attention to increase female employees in the organization. Apparently, Twitter aims to increase the number of female employees to 43% by the end of 2019 from the 38% of 2017. Not just that, Twitter also aims to increase the number of underrepresented communities to be a contributing part of the company. Black and Latino employees were of 3.4% of Twitter’s staff in 2017.
People speculate that Okonjo-Iweala is going to be a huge asset to the micro-blogging site because not only she is a brilliant economist, but she is also an accomplished governing body. Her involvement with Twitter will bring much needed transparency in its global operations. Robert Zoellick, another member of the board was also a managing director of the world bank. Omid Kordestani, the executive chairman of Twitter expressed his views about how Zoellick and Okonjo-Iweala’s political experience would benefit them to be a better platform to express unbiased opinions.
Welcome, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala!