Chevy Humphrey—In 2020 following a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Chicago, Chevy Humphrey was selected as President and CEO of one of the largest science museums in the World. The first woman and Black American to lead MSI, Humphrey is a long-time, successful leader in the museum field. She served as CEO of the Phoenix-based Arizona Science Center for 15 years. Humphrey is recognized as a leader on national and international levels. She currently serves as chair of the Board of the American Alliance of Museums, the largest international association of museums in the world. She was selected by her peers as Chair of the Board of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, the organization that serves more than 500 science centers in more than 50 countries.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist and former finance minister, began serving as the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March 2021. Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment made her both the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO.
Excerpt from Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's biography:
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a global finance expert, an economist and international development professional with over 30 years of experience working in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. Dr Okonjo-Iweala was formerly Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Since its creation in 2000, Gavi has immunized 760 million children globally and saved thirteen million lives. She was previously on the Boards of Standard Chartered PLC and Twitter Inc. She was recently appointed as African Union (AU) Special Envoy to mobilise international financial support for the fight against COVID-19 and WHO Special Envoy for Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator. She is a skilled negotiator and has brokered numerous agreements which have produced win-win outcomes in negotiations. She is regarded as an effective consensus builder and an honest broker enjoying the trust and confidence of governments and other stakeholders.
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