Vera Songwe: First female to head UNECA.

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Vera Songwe made history this year by becoming the youngest and also first female executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Songwe's understanding of the continent's needs comes from nearly 20 years working for multilateral organisations such as the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. She counts Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, as a close friend and...

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