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Council of Women World Leaders: Members

As of March 2018, the Council consists of 70 women prime ministers and presidents from around the world. From every corner of the globe, these members represent the growing voice of women in international politics. 



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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Corazon Aquino: President, Philippines, 1986-1992 d.2009

President, Philippines, 1986-1992, d.2009
IN MEMORY: Maria Corazon Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that prestigious office, and additionally the first female president in Asia.

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Jacinda Ardern: Prime Minister, New Zealand, 2017-Present

Prime Minister, New Zealand, 2017-Present
Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand on October 26, 2017

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Mercedes Aráoz: Prime Minister of Peru, 2017-Present

Prime Minister of Peru, 2017-Present
Mercedes Aráoz is a Peruvian economist, professor, politician and the current Second Vice President of Peru, as well as the Prime Minister, since September 17, 2017.

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Michelle Bachelet: President, Chile 2006-2010, 2014-2018

President, Chile 2006-2010, 2014-2018
Michelle Bachelet is the current President of Chile and the first woman in her country to hold the position.

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Joyce Banda President, Malawi 2012-2014

President, Malawi 2012-2014
In 2012 Joyce Banda became the fourth President of Malawi and first female to hold the title.

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Sirimavo Bandaranaike: Prime Minister, Sri Lanka 1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000, d.2000

Prime Minister, Sri Lanka 1960-1965, 1970-1977, 1994-2000, d.2000
Sirimavo Bandaranaike was born into a prominent family on April 17, 1916 and was educated at St Bridget’s Convent, Colombo.

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Pamela Gordon-Banks: Premier, Bermuda, 1997-1998

Premier, Bermuda, 1997-1998
Pamela Gordon, was the first woman and the youngest person to hold the Premier (Prime Minister) position in Bermuda.

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Benazir Bhutto: Prime Minister, Pakistan, 1988-1990, 1993-1997, d.2007

Prime Minister, Pakistan, 1988-1990, 1993-1997, d.2007
Benazir Bhutto was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan for the first time in 1988 at the age of 35, becoming the first and youngest woman in this position.

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Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago, 2010-2015

Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago, 2010-2015
Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister, Serbia, 2017-Present

Prime Minister, Serbia, 2017-Present
Ana Brnabić is currently the Prime Minister of Serbia, a position that she holds since June 29, 2017.

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Gro Harlem Brundtland: Prime Minister, Norway, 1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996

Prime Minister, Norway, 1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996
Gro Harlem Bruntland was Norway’s first female Prime Minister and is an international leader in sustainable development and public health.

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Micheline Calmy-Rey: President of the Federal Council, Switzerland, 2007, 2011

President of the Federal Council, Switzerland, 2007, 2011
Micheline Calmy-Rey was Switzerland’s second female President.

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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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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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Violeta Barrios de Chamorro: President, Nicaragua, 1990-1997

President, Nicaragua, 1990-1997
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was the first and only female president of Nicaragua, and the first Latin American woman elected to the office by election.

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Eugenia Charles: Prime Minister, Dominica, 1980-1995, d.2005

Prime Minister, Dominica, 1980-1995, d.2005
Eugenia Charles was the Prime Minister of Dominica from July 21, 1980 until June 4, 1995.

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Tansu Çiller: Prime Minister, Turkey, 1993-1996

Prime Minister, Turkey, 1993-1996
Tansu Çiller served as the Turkish Prime Minister from 1993-1996.

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Helen Clark: Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1999-2008

Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1999-2008
Helen Clark served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, 2014-Present

President of Malta, 2014-Present
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca took her oath as the ninth and youngest President of Malta on April 4th 2014.

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Paula Cox, Premier, Bermuda, 2010-2012

Paula Cox Premier, Bermuda, 2010-2012
Paula Cox became the third female Premier of Bermuda upon her election in 2010.

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Édith Cresson: Prime Minister, France, 1991-1992

Prime Minister, France, 1991-1992
Édith Cresson was appointed Prime Minister in 1991 by President Francois Mitterand, and served for a term of one year.

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Luísa Dias Diogo: Prime Minister, Mozambique, 2004-2010

Prime Minister, Mozambique, 2004-2010
Luisa Dias Diogo became the first woman Prime Minister of Mozambique in 2004.

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Ruth Dreifuss: President, Switzerland, 1999

President, Switzerland, 1999
Ruth Dreifuss is a member of the Swiss Social Democratic Party and was the first woman ever to become President of the Swiss Confederation.

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Viorica Dăncilă: Prime Minister of Romania, 2018-Present

Prime Minister of Romania, 2018-Present
Vasilica Dăncilă became Prime Minister of Romania on January 29, 2018. She is the first woman in Romanian history to hold the office of Prime Minister.

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Emily de Jongh-Elhage: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-2010

Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-2010
Emily de Jongh-Elhage was the fifth female Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.

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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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Park Geun-hye: President, Republic of Korea, 2013 - 2017

President, Republic of Korea, 2013 - 2017
Park Geun-hye is the 18th and first female president of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

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Julia Gillard: Prime Minister, Australia 2010-2013

Prime Minister, Australia 2010-2013
Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia in June of 2010 and served until 2013.

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović: President, Croatia, 2015-Present

President, Croatia, 2015-Present
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is the fourth and current President of Croatia.

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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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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: President of the Republic of Mauritius, 2015-Present

President of the Republic of Mauritius, 2015-Present
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim GCSK, CSK, PhD was sworn in as the first female President of the Republic of Mauritius on June 5th 2015.

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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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Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996-2001 and 2009-Present

Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996-2001 and 2009-Present
Sheikh Hasina Wazed is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009.

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Hilda Heine: President of the Marshall Islands, 2016 - Present

President of the Marshall Islands, 2016 - Present
Hilda Heine is the first woman to hold the presidency of the Marshall Islands.

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Janet Jagan: President, Guyana, 1997-1999, d.2009

President, Guyana, 1997-1999, d.2009
In 1997 Janet Jagan became the first female president of Guyana.

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Atifete Jahjaga: President of Kosovo, 2011-2015

President of Kosovo, 2011-2015
While Atifete Jahjaga is the fourth President of Kosovo, she is the first female, first non-partisan candidate, and the youngest to be elected to the office.

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Katrín Jakobsdóttir: Prime Minister of Iceland, 2017-Present

Prime Minister of Iceland, 2017-Present
Katrín Jakobsdóttir is the Prime Minister of Iceland since November 2017

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Kersti Kaljulaid: President, Estonia, 2016-Present

President, Estonia, 2016-Present
Kersti Kaljulaid is the fifth and current President of Estonia. She is the first female head of state of Estonia and the country’s youngest President.

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Begum Khaleda Zia: Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1991-1996 and 2001-2006

Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1991-1996 and 2001-2006
Begum Khaleda Zia was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 1991 to 1996 and then again from 2001 to 2006.

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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: President, Argentina, 2007-2015

President, Argentina, 2007-2015
In 2007, Fernández was elected as Argentina’s first ever elected female President.

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Mari Kiviniemi: Prime Minister, Finland, 2010-2011

Prime Minister, Finland, 2010-2011
Mari Kiviniemi served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2010 to 2011.

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Jadranka Kosor: Prime Minister, Croatia, 2009-2011

Prime Minister, Croatia, 2009-2011
Jadranka Kosor became Prime Minister of Croatia on July 6, 2009 after the resignation of Prime Minister Ivo Sanader.

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Chandrika Kumaratunga: President, Sri Lanka, 1994-2005

President, Sri Lanka, 1994-2005
Chandrika Kumaratunga was the fifth President and the first female President of Sri Lanka.

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Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila: Prime Minister, Namibia, 2015-Present

Prime Minister, Namibia, 2015-Present
Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the fourth and current Prime Minister of Namibia. She has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 1995 and served as Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2015.

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Doris Leuthard: President, Federal Council of Switzerland, 2010, 2017

President, Federal Council of Switzerland, 2010, 2017
Doris Leuthard has been a member of the Swiss Federal Council since August 1, 2006.

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Maria Liberia Peters: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-1986, 1988-1994

Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-1986, 1988-1994
Maria Liberia Peters was elected Prime Minister of Netherlands Antilles, a position she held from 1984-1986 and later from 1988-1994.

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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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Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo: Prime Minister, Portugal, 1979-1980, d.2004

Prime Minister, Portugal, 1979-1980, d.2004
Maria de Lourdes Ruivo da Silva de Matos Pintasilgo was the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Portugal.

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: President, The Philippines, 2001-2010

President, The Philippines, 2001-2010
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is the fourteenth President of the Philippines.

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Theresa May: Prime Minister, United Kingdom, 2016-Present

Prime Minister, United Kingdom, 2016-Present
Theresa May is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is the second woman to hold the post of British Prime Minister.

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Mary McAleese: President, Ireland, 1997-2011

President, Ireland, 1997-2011
Mary Patricia McAleese is the former President of Ireland.

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Beatriz Merino: Prime Minister, Peru, 2003

Prime Minister, Peru, 2003
Beatriz Merino was the first female Prime Minister of Peru.

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Angela Merkel: Chancellor, Germany, 2005-Present

Chancellor, Germany, 2005-Present
Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany since 2005.

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Portia Simpson-Miller: Prime Minister, Jamaica, 2006-2007 and 2012 - 2016

Prime Minister, Jamaica, 2006-2007 and 2012 - 2016
Portia Simpson-Miller was the first female prime minister of Jamaica and also held the position of president of the opposition People’s National Party.

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Laura Chinchilla Miranda: President, Costa Rica, 2010-2014

President, Costa Rica, 2010-2014
Laura Chinchilla Miranda was elected Costa Rica’s first female President in May of 2010.

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Mireya Moscoso: President, Panama, 1999-2004

President, Panama, 1999-2004
Mireya Moscoso was the President of Panama from 1999 to 2004.

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Maria Das Neves: Prime Minister, São Tomé and Príncipe, 2002-2004

Prime Minister, São Tomé and Príncipe, 2002-2004
Maria das Neves was appointed as the archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe's first woman Prime Minister.

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Roza Otunbayeva: President, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011

President, Kyrgyzstan, 2010-2011
Roza Otunbayeva rose to the office of the Presidency in 2010, becoming the first female head of state of Kyrgyzstan.

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Pratibha Patil: President, India, 2007-2012

President, India, 2007-2012
Elected in 2007, Pratibha Patil became the 12th President of India and first woman to hold the office.

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Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis: Prime Minister, Haiti, 2008-2009

Prime Minister, Haiti, 2008-2009
In 2008 Pierre-Louis became Prime Minister of Haiti, only the second woman to hold this position.

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Kazimira Prunskienė: Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-1991

Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-1991
Kazimira Prunskienė was the first Prime Minister of Lithuania after the declaration of independence of March 11, 1990

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Iveta Radičová: Prime Minister, Slovakia, 2010 - 2012

Prime Minister, Slovakia, 2010 - 2012
Iveta Radičová is a former Prime Minister of Slovakia.

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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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Dilma Rousseff: President, Brazil, 2011 - 2016

President, Brazil, 2011- 2016
Dilma Vana Rousseff was the 36th President of Brazil.

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Suzanne Camelia-Römer: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1993, 1998-1999

Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1993, 1998-1999
Suzanne Camelia-Römer was elected Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles in 1998.

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Jenny Shipley: Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1997-1999

Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1997-1999
Jenny Shipley was the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1997 to 1999, the first female head of government, and the only woman to serve as leader of the National Party.

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir: Prime Minister, Iceland, 2009-2013

Prime Minister, Iceland, 2009-2013
Johanna Siguðardóttir is a former Prime Minister of Iceland.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: President, Republic of Liberia, 2006-2018

President, Republic of Liberia, 2006-2018
Johnson Sirleaf was elected President in the 2005. She is Liberia’s first elected female president and often referred to as the "Iron Lady".

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Jennifer Smith: Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003

Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003
Jennifer Smith was the first Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Government Leader, the first PLP Minister of Education and the first women Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

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Erna Solberg: Prime Minister, Norway, 2013 - Present

Prime Minister, Norway, 2013 - Present
Erna Solberg is the 28th and current Prime Minister of Norway.

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Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Federal Council, 2015

President of the Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland, 2015
Simonetta Sommaruga is a current member of the Swiss Federal Council and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police.

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Hanna Suchocka: Prime Minister, Poland, 1992-1993

Prime Minister, Poland, 1992-1993
Hanna Suchocka was the Prime Minister of Poland between 1992 and 1993 under the presidency of Lech Waslesa.

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Megawati Sukarnoputri: President, Indonesia, 2001-2004

President, Indonesia, 2001-2004
Megawati Sukarnoputri was the president of Indonesia from 2001 till 2004.

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011-2015

Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011-2015
Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the former Prime Minister of Denmark.

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Aminata Touré: Prime Minister, Senegal, 2013-2014

Prime Minister, Senegal, 2013-2014
Aminata Touré served as the Prime Minister of Senegal from September 1, 2013 to July 4, 2014.

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Yulia Tymoshenko: Prime Minister, Ukraine, 2005, 2007-2010

Prime Minister, Ukraine, 2005, 2007-2010
Yulia Tymoshenko was the first female Prime Minister of Ukraine.

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Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga: President, Latvia, 1999 - 2007

President, Latvia, 1999 - 2007
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is a Latvian politician who served as the sixth and first female President of Latvia.

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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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Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf: President, Switzerland, 2012

President, Switzerland, 2012
Eveline Wildmer-Schlumpf is a Swiss lawyer, politician, and was a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2008 to 2015.

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