Oby Ezekwesili Nigeria / USA

  • Senior Economic Advisor at Open Society Foundations (2012-present)
  • Co-founder of Transparency International (1994-99)
  • Vice President of Africa at The World Bank (2007-12)

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An encouraging message for Africa’s youth (2012)
An encouraging message for Africa’s youth (2012)
Speech for the Rockfeller Foundation (2012)
Speech for the Rockfeller Foundation (2012)

Biography

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is a Senior Economic Advisor at Open Society Foundations (OSF), a group founded by investor and philanthropist George Soros. She also jointly serves as Economic Advisor for Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), a program of the Open Society Foundations. In these roles, she advises nine reform-committed African heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.

Before joining OSF, she was Vice President of the World Bank (Africa Region), responsible for operations in 48 countries and a lending portfolio of nearly $40 billion. From 2002 to 2007, Oby worked for the federal government of Nigeria as Minister of Solid Minerals, Minister of Education, head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit as well as Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) where she led the first ever national implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors.

Oby was also a founding Director of Transparency International, responsible for the Africa region at the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin.

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