Female Ministers of the Presidency

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1986-88 Administrative Secretary of the Presidency Loris Consuelo Torres Meija, The Dominican Republic
As Administrative Secretary she was in charge of the running of the office of the President.

1987-88 Executive Secretary to President Luz Cleta Reyes Bakunawa, The Philippines
The executive secretary is the highest ranking secretary, the office is placed in the Office of the President. Member of the House of Representatives 1988-98.

1990-96 Administrative Secretary of the Presidency Carmen Rosa Balaguer Hernandez, The Dominican Republic
Daughter of President Balaguer.

1993-94 Secretary of State in the Presidency Licelott Marte del Barrios, Dominican Republic
Secretary of State for Finance 1992-93 and around 2000 Leader of the Reformists forces

1994 and 1999-2003 Minister of the Presidency Ivonne Young Valdéz, Panama
Vice-Minister of the Presidency 1993-94. As Minister of the Presidency she is in charge of the day to day running of the government alongside President Mireya Moscoso, who is Head of the Cabinet. She was dismissed because her involvement in financial irregularities.

1994-95 Minister of the Presidency Maria Luisa Federici Soto, Peru
Since 1996 Ambassador to France and UNESCO. She was in charge of the running of the office of the President, and Peru also have a President of the Council of Ministers who runs the daily affairs of the government together with the President.

1999-2000 Secretary of State of the Presidency Alejandrina Germán, Dominican Republic
From 2004 Secretary of State of Education, Culture and Worship

2000-07 Federal Chancellor Annemarie Huber-Hotz, Switzerland
Secretary General for the National Assembly 1992-99. As Bundeskanzlerin/Chancellière de la Confédération/Cancelliera della Confederazione she has the rang of a Federal Counciller and is the Chief of Staff, Secretary General, advisor and coordinator of the government business, an important post, since the presidency rotates every year between the Government Councillors. (b. 1948-).

2000 Minister of the Presidency María Luisa Alvarado Barrantes, Peru
Vice-Minister of Regional Development in the Ministry of the Presidency
until her appointment as Minister.

2002-03 Minister of the Presidency Rina Maria Contreras López, Costa Rica
Vice-President of the National Assembly 1998-2000 and President 2000-02 and from 2001 President of Partido Unidad Social Cristiana. As Minister of the Presidency she is the senior minister in the government. (b.1950-).

2002 Secretary of the Presidency Azucena Castillo de Solano, Nicaragua
The secretary of the President is a Cabinet Rank Minister who runs the daily affairs of the government. 1997-2002 Vice-Minister of Economy and Development, and Executive Secretary of the Social Emergence Inversion Fund 2002-05 and Minister of Promotion, Industry and Commerce 2005-07. Her full name is Lic. Haydée Azucena Castillo Barquero de Solano.

2003 Minister Secretary-General and Chief of the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency Dra. Stella Samaniego, Paraguay

2003-04 Minister of the Presidency Mirna Esther Pitti De O'Donnell, Panama
Manager of a number of private companies before she was appointed as head of the administration of the cabinet by President Mireya Moscoso. (b. 1951-).

2004-06 Minister of the Presidency Lineth Saborío Chaverri, Costa Rica
As Vice-President since 2004, she has held various Cabinet Positions. At 23rd. of June 2003 President Abel Pacheco de la Espriella (b. 1933-) went on one week's sick-leave and surrendered his power temporarily to her (b. 1962-)

  2005-10 Minister and Secretary General of the Presidential Staff Dilma Vana Linhares Rousseff, Brazil
A former student leader who fought Brazil's military dictatorship as a guerrilla during the early 1970s and an economist. Secretary of Mines, Energy and Communication in the Province of Rio Grande do Sul 1993-94 and 1999-2002. 2003-05 Minister of Mines and Energy and from 2005 Cabinet Chief. President-elect 2010 and will take office 1. January 2011. (b. 1947-).

2005-08 Minister of the President's Office Aneesa Ahmed, The Maldives
Around 1982 Undersecretary to the Executive Secretary of the President and 2002-04 Minister of Gender, Family Development and Social Security, Minister of Health 2004-05 and Parliamentary Group Leader of DRP from 2008.

2006-07 Minister-Secretary General of the Presidency Paulina Veloso Valenzuela, Chile
Subsecretary of Labour 1990-94, Subdirector of the National Service of Women 1994-97 and afterwards Professor in Civil Right at the  Universidad de Chile. She will take office 11. March (b. 1958-).

2007-08 Minister of the Office of the Presidency Erika del Valle Farías Peña, Venezuela
Former Vice-Minister of Production and Minister of Agriculture and Foods 2006-07, Minister of Participation and Social Affairs from 2008.

2008-15 Federal Chancellor Corina Casanova, Switzerland
Vice-Chancellor 2005-07. (b. 1956-).

2008-09 Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South Africa
1996-99 Deputy Minister of Justice, 1999-2008 Minister of Health, 2003 Acting President and from 2005 Member of the Pool of Possible Acting Presidents. (b. 1940-).

2010-14 Minister of the Presidency María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn, Honduras

President of Partido Nacional in 2009. Also Vice-President of the Republic 2010-14.

2010-11 Minister and Secretary General of the Government Ena von Baer Jahn, Chile
Conservative candidate for the Senate 2009 and Senator from 2011. (b. 1974-).

2010-  Minister and Secretary General of the Presidential Staff (Cabinet Chief) Erenice Alves Guerra, Brazil
2005-10 Deputy Secretary General of the Presidential Staff.

2010-12 Minister de la Presidency María Isabela Godoy, Venezuela

2012-14 Secretary General of the Government  Cecilia Pérez Jara, Chile

Also Government Spokesperson, Subsecretaryl of Women's Affairs 2008-11, Secretary General and Vicepresident of the Renovación Nacional party in 2011, 2011-12 Intendent Cecilia Pérez Jara, Region Metropolitana de Santiago. (b. 1974-)

2012-13 Minister of the Presidency and Management of the Government Carmen Meléndez Rivas, Venezuela
She is the countrys first female Admiral (Almiranta) and her title was Minister of Popular Power for the Office of the Presidency (chief of staff) and Follow Up for Presidential Governance. Minister of Defence from 2013. (b. 1961-)

2014-15 Minister Secretary General of the Presidency Ximena Rincón González, Chile
Intendent of the Metropolitian Region of Santiago 2005-06 and Senator 2010-14. Appointed Minister of Labour in 2015. (1968-)

Last update 15.15.15

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