Aspen Institute to honor Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala |

Aspen Institute to honor Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Staff report

The Aspen Institute will host the fifth annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture on Wednesday at the Aspen Meadows campus.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former minister for the economy in Nigeria, will be honored at the lecture. The lecture recognizes an exceptional individual whose vision has provided breakthrough thinking to tackle the challenges of global development.

Okonjo-Iweala and Albright, the former U.S. secretary of state, will be featured in a conversation with moderator Peggy Clark of the Aspen Institute.

The event will be held at Paepcke Auditorium from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at, 970-920-5770, or through the Wheeler Opera House box office.

Okonjo-Iweala is currently a senior adviser at Lazard, a global financial advisory and asset management firm, and the chairwoman of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Prior to this, she was the minister for the economy in Nigeria from August 2011 to May 2015. In this role, she was responsible for managing the finances of Africa’s largest economy and the eighth-largest country in the world.

She founded the center for the Study of Economies of Africa, a development research thinktank based in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, and is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Development and the Brookings Institution. She is renowned as the first female and black candidate to contest for the presidency for the World Bank Group.

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