Dr Oby Ezekwesili
Transparency International and #BringBackOurGirls
Obiageli “Oby” Katryn Ezekwesili who was a candidate for office of the President of Nigeria in the 2019 election, is an Economic Policy Expert / Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Co-Founder of #BringBackOurGirls Movement, Nigeria. Dr. Ezekwesili is the founder of #FixPolitics, a research-based citizens-led initiative which envisions “A country where politics is inclusive, the needs of citizens are prioritized, democratic principles are respected, such that good governance is the norm”. A Chartered Accountant and Consultant; She holds an MA in International Law and Diplomacy, an MA in Public Policy and Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She’s an honorary Doctor of Science degree, University of Lagos and in 2016 the University of Essex Business School awarded her an honorary Doctorate Degree in Business in recognition of her role in promoting economic and social justice in African countries. Dr Ezekwesili was Vice President of World Bank (Africa Region) and former Nigerian Minister of Education, a former Nigerian Minister of Solid Minerals, she was head of Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit as well as Chairperson of NEITI. She is a founding Director of Transparency International. Dr. Ezekwesili was recognized as one of Time-100 Most Influential People and by New York Times as one of the 25 Women of Impact, 2015. Albert Einstein's Foundations named her one of 100 visionaries featured in the 3D book "Genius:100 Visions of the Future”.