Dr. (Mrs.) Obiageli Ezekwesili served as Vice-President for the World Bank’s program in Africa. She was until recently the Senior Economic Advisor to Open Society, aimed at building vibrant and tolerant societies with democratically accountable governments. She currently runs the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), which provides policy expertise and advisory support to African Heads of Government and their cabinets. She was one of the co-founders of Transparency International. She served as Special Assistant and Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring, and the Price Intelligence Unit, where she spear-headed institutional reforms of the country’s Public Procurement system. Subsequently, she served as Minister of Solid Minerals Development, appointed in 2005; focused on reforming Nigeria’s mining sector to meet internationally recognized standards. She served as the Chairperson for the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative from 2004 -2007 and pioneered the voluntary sign-on of Nigeria to the EITI Principles, as well as the first ever audit of the oil and gas sector. The New York Times as one of the 25 Women of Impact for 2015 while Times Magazine identified her as one of the Time-100 Most Influential People.