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Council of Women World Leaders: Leadership

We are governed by a small and cohesive Board of Directors who share a commitment to the goals and objectives of the United Nations Charter and the UN’s work on behalf of economic, social, environmental and humanitarian causes.

 

Dalia Grybauskaitė: Chair, President, Republic of Lithuania, 2009-Present

Chair President, Republic of Lithuania, 2009-Present
Dalia Grybauskaitė is the current President of the Republic of Lithuania, elected on May 17, 2009.

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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir: Founding Chair, President, Iceland, 1980-1996

Founding Chair, President, Iceland, 1980-1996
With her election as President of Iceland in 1980, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became the first female head of state in the world.

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Tarja Halonen: Chair Emerita, President, Finland, 2000-2012

Chair Emerita, President, Finland, 2000-2012
In 2000, Tarja Halonen became the President of Finland. She was the first woman to have won that office.

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Kim Campbell: Chair Emerita, Prime Minister, Canada, 1993

Chair Emerita, Prime Minister, Canada, 1993
Kim Campbell is the first and only woman Prime Minister of Canada.

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Mary Robinson: Chair Emerita President, Ireland, 1990-1997

Chair Emerita President, Ireland, 1990-1997
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997.

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Margot Wallström: Chair Ministerial Initiative, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, 2014-Present

Chair Ministerial Initiative, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, 2014-Present
Margot Wallström has had a long and illustrious career in both Swedish and European Union Politics.

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Madeline Albright: Founding Chair Ministerial Initiative, U. S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001

Founding Chair Ministerial Initiative, U. S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State in 1997.

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Laura Liswood: Founder and Secretary General, 1996-Present

Founder and Secretary General, 1996-Present
In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders and became the Secretary General, a role that she has held since then.

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Kathy Calvin: President and CEO United Nations Foundation, 2003-Present

President and CEO United Nations Foundation, 2003-Present
Kathy Calvin is the President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. In her time leading the UN Foundation, Calvin has worked to increase partnerships with like-minded organizations, foundations, and corporations, including the Council of Women World Leaders.

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