Board of Directors

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Board Member and Chairman of the Board) was a vice president of the World Bank Group. She is currently a fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is the former Finance Minister of Nigeria and Foreign Minister of Nigeria. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was educated at Harvard University and has her Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has established a non-governmental organization, NOI, which has partnered with the Gallup Organization to introduce opinion polls into the Nigerian polity

Bonaventure Mbida-Essama (Board Member and CEO) has a long and varied professional experience. From 1972 to 1979, he worked as deputy managing director and managing director of three separate private sector companies in Cameroon. He then joined the World Bank in 1979 as a Financial Analyst and senior officer and subsequently as a Senior Advisor to the World Bank Board of Directors. He left the World Bank in 1988 to start and run his own consulting firm in Douala, Cameroon, along with a fertilizer business that he also started. He returned to the World Bank in 1999 as its country manager in Cambodia. From there, he moved to the World Bank headquarters in 2003 as Manager of Corporate Affairs and Administration before retiring in 2009. He then founded MADIMBA LLC and has done high-level consulting work for the World Bank and the African Development Bank as well as the private \ sector. Mbida-Essama has an electrical engineering degree from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard.

Jean-Louis Sarbib (Board Member) is currently Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. He was a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution (2006-2011) and taught at Georgetown University (2009-2010). In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.

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