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TOKYO FORUM 2021 Shaping the Future SPEAKERS Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the ECA, Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA
Vera Songwe is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Upon her appointment, she became the first woman to lead the institution in its 60-year history. As Executive Secretary, Songwe’s reforms have focused on developing and implementing “ideas for a prosperous Africa”. She was listed as one of Africa’s 50 most powerful women by Forbes in 2020 and named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Africans’ by Jeune Afrique in 2019.