Nigeria’s minister of petroleum, Dieziani Alison-Madueke has been elected as president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.
Alison-Madueke was elected on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the ongoing 166th General Meeting of the body in Vienna, Austria.
She becomes the first female to be elected the president of OPEC.
She replaces former president of OPEC, Libyan Vice Prime Minister for Corporations, Abdourhman Atahar-Ahirish. She was elected for one year and is expected to immediately resume office.
54-year-old Alison-Madueke became Nigeria’s minister of transportation on July 26, 2007. She was moved to Mines and Steel Development in 2008, and in April 2010 was appointed Minister of Petroleum Resources.
The Rivers state born minister graduated from Howard with a Bachelor’s degree on 8 December 1992. She returned to Nigeria and joined Shell Petroleum Development Corporation that year.
In 2002, she attended Cambridge University for her MBA. In April 2006, Shell appointed her its first female Executive Director in Nigeria.
Since 1999 she has been married to Admiral Allison Madueke (retired), one-time Chief of Naval Staff who was at various times governor of Imo and Anambra State.
In September 2011 Alison-Madueke was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Management Sciences by the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.