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Minister Okonjo-Weala: Right Place at the Right Time

When Dr. Okonjo-Iweala departed the World Bank in 2011 to become Nigeria’s finance minister, she was managing director and second in charge. It was no surprise that in the following year her name appeared on a short-list for the WB

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Powerful Leadership from Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi, aged 66 and widow of former PM Rajiv, is India’s most powerful leader and the longest serving president of the Congress Party. Elected in 1998, Gandhi was the first foreign born president of Congress since Indian Independence. She is

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Michelle Obama: A Debt of Gratitude

The 2012 speech by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in support of her husband was undeniably brilliant and a political tour de force. She connected with the aspirations of millions of worried voters by recalling the personal stories

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Chancellor Merkel: Saviour of Europe?

Angela Merkel entered politics in 1989 with fall of the Berlin Wall. When she narrowly defeated Gerhard Shroder in the 2005 election, she became the first former citizen of the GDR to lead reunited Germany and the first woman to

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Dilma Rousseff: Big Shoes Too

Dilma Rousseff became the first female president of Brazil in October 2010.  As successor to the popular and charismatic Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, she had big shoes to fill. It can now be safely said that although their styles

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The Queen of Jordan: More Than an Ornament

Born in 1970 in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, Rania, wife of King Abdullah II has been his Queen since 1999. Her concerns at home include environmental matters, health, education, youth and human rights.  She looks to ‘Righting the wrongs of

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PM Shinawatra: Power through the Democratic Process

PM Yingluck Shinawatra easily survived a vote of no confidence in the Thai House of Representatives on November 28th this year. Polls also show her as having the confidence of the electorate as she ponders her first eighteen months in

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Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad says: “Face up to the New Economic Reality”

Dr Mohamad, an active man despite his 86 years, tends to lecture Europe on money matters. As a national developer of proven ability and great success we are inclined to at least listen. Our Hero from Malaysia has certainly done

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: A Role Model in Africa

CFI.co strongly supports this sentiment from the Nobel committee in their announcement that Sirleaf would share the Peace Prize for 2011 in recognition of her non-violent struggle for women’s safety and full participation in peace-building. We consider her an exemplary

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Gro Harlem Brudtland: Doctor, Politician and Our Hero

Born in 1939 to an Oslo family in which politics and medicine were part and parcel of daily life, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, has been Director General of the World Health Organisation for the past fourteen years. Prime minister of

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