Ezekwesili appointed to IBFD board of trustees

Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili has been to the board of trustees of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation.

The appointment took effect from 1 April 2020.

The IBFD is a leading international provider of cross-border tax expertise, with a long-standing history of supporting and contributing to tax research and academic activities.

According to a statement by the organization, as a member of the trustees, Ezekwesili will contribute to the oversight of IBFD’s expansion in developing economies, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in international organizations and capacity building.

It added that Ezekwesili would help IBFD build on its strengths, independence and quality.

The CEO of IBFD, Jan Maarten Slagter, said, “IBFD is delighted that Dr. Ezekwesili has joined our board of trustees and expect that her unique perspective and contribution will be enormously beneficial, in particular to the work that we do in developing economies. The current crisis will put more strain on government budgets and domestic
resource mobilization will be more important than ever going forward.”

Ezekwesili was a presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 election. She is an economic policy expert and senior economic adviser at the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative.

She was a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and is a co-founder of Transparency International.

Ezekwesili was vice-president of the World Bank’s Africa division and is former Nigerian Minister of Education, Minister of Solid Minerals, head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit, and former chairperson of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative.

She is also co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Africa Regional Strategy Board and a co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement.

For her national service and social commitment, Ezekwesili was decorated with the national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She was on the 2015 TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.

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