GENEVA. For the first time, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has selected a woman to lead it. On the March 1, the Council of 164 member countries appointed the former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to the position of General Director. The United States, under President Trump, was the only country to oppose the appointment of Okonjo-Iweala. The new US government lifted the blockade and expressed its confidence in the Nigerian woman. She prevailed over competitors in a long selection process.