Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership

FEMALE 
MINISTERS OF 
FOREIGN AFFAIRS
CURRENTLY IN OFFICE

Apart from the women who have been Foreign Ministers a large number of women have been deputy ministers. They can be found in the various country-entries in Women in governments by country also see Female Foreign Ministers


2008-  Carolyn Rodrigues, Guyana

Active in Amerindian Community Affairs for a number of years, 2001-08 Minister of Amerindian Affairs (in charge of the Native Americans in the Country). (b. 1974-).


2008- Maxine McClean, Barbados

Appointed Senator and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Leader of Government Business in the Senate in January 2008. From November 2008 also
Minister of Foreign Trade.


2009- Aurelia Frick, Liechtenstein

Business women, executive director and entrepreneur. Also Government Councillor of Culture and Justice. (b. 1975-).


2009- Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa

Before becoming Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, she was Member of the Executive Council for Housing and Local Government in the Limpopo Province.


2009- Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda

2008-09 Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister charged with Information.


2010- Baroness Ashton of Upholland, the European Union

Catherine Ashton has been a Baroness from 1999, British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of  Education and Skills 2001-04, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Constitutional Affairs 2004-06 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2006-07, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council 2007-08, EU-Commissioner for Trade from 2008-10 and Vice-President of the EU-Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy(b. 1956-).


2010- María Ángela Holguín-Cuéllar, Colombia

Angela Holguin was Chief of Cabinet, Secretary General of the Ministry of External Affairs, 1996-97, Vice-Minister of External Relations in 1998, Ambassador to Venezuela 2002-04 and Ambassador to the United Nations 2004-06. She was offered the post of Ambassador to France in 2006 but refused.


2011- Vesna Pusić, Croatia

Also Minister of European Affairs . She was chairperson of Croatian of Narodna Stranka 2000-05 and of the Narodna Stranka-Liberalni Demokrati 2005-08, Vice-President of the Sabor 2003-04 and Presidential Candidate in 2009 and Foreign Minister from 2011. (b. 1953-)


2012- Nina Shtansky, Transnistria (Self declared Republic in Moldova)
Presidential Special Representative for the Transnistria Negotiating Process in 2012 and also ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary from 2012. (b. 1978-)

2012- Maia Panjikidze, Georgia

Ambassador to Germany 2004-07 and the Netherlands 2007-10. Spokesperson for the Georgian Dream Party.

 


2012- Susan Waffa-Ogoo, The Gambia
1994-95, 1996, 1997-2001 and 2004-06 Minister of Tourism, 1994-94 Minister of Information and 1996, 1997-2001 and 2004-06 Minister of Culture 2001-2004 Minister of Fisheries and Natural Resources, 2008 Ambassador to India in 2008 and 2008-12 to the United Nations.

2012-  Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia
1989-96 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1996-2002 Head of the Department of Women in the Office of the President, 2000-05 Minister of Women's Affairs and Child Welfare, 2005-08 Minister of Information and Broadcasting, 2008-12 Minister of Environment and Tourism and Secretary General of SWAPO since 1996.

2012-  Natália Pedro da Costa Umbelina Neto, São Tomé e Príncipe
Natália Umbelina is also Minister of Cooperation and Communities and was previously secretary of the Regional Government of the Island of Príncipe for Social Affairs

2013- Hanna Tetteh, Ghana

MP 2000-08 and from 2012, Spokesperson of the Government Transition team in 2009 and Minister of Trade and Industry 2009-13. (b. 1967-).


2013-  Mireya Agüero de Corrales, Honduras
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affaris 2010-13.

2013- Eda Rivas Franchini, Peru
Vice-Minister 2011-12 and Minister 2012-13 of Justice and Human Rights.

2013- Amina Mohamed, Kenya
Ambassador to United Nations in Geneva 2000-06, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs 2008-11, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme 2011-13.

2013- Natalia Gherman, Moldova

Also Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration a portfolio she held as Vice-Minister 2009-13, Ambassador to Austria, OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna (2002-06), to Sweden, Norway and Finland 2006-09. She is daughter of former President Mircea Snegur


2013- Julie Bishop, Australia
Minister for Ageing 2003-06. Minister for Education, Science and Training, and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues 2006-07, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 and Deputy Leader of the Opposition 2007-13. Lives with Peter Nattrass, former Mayor of Brisbane. (b. 1956-).

2013- (Acting) Viola Onwuliri, Nigeria
As First Minister of State for Foreign Affairs since 2011, she was apppointed Acting Minister after the former minister was removed from office. Professor and Deputy Gubernational Candidate in the Imo State (b. 1957-)

2013- Dunya Maumoon, Maldive Islands
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 2007-08 and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs 2011-13. She is daughter of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who was president 1978-2008 and appointed by her uncle, Abdulla Yameen

2014- Federica Mogherini, Italy
MP for PD (b. 1973-)

2014- Arisoa Lala Razafitrimo, Madagascar
Also known as Harisola Razafiltrimo she is former advisor of the President of the African Union and Director of Foreign Affairs 2013-14.

2014- Sushma Swaraj, India
Also Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs. She isFormer minister in Haryana 1987-88, Member of the Panel of Vice-Chairmen of the Rajya Sabha 1991-98, General Secretary and Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP ca. 1995-98, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting 1996, 1998 and 2001-03, Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998, and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs 2003-04, Deputy Leader of BJP in the Rajya Sabha and Spokesperson of the BJP Parliamentary Wing 2004-09 and Leader of the Opposition 2009-14. (b. 1952-)

2014- Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Panama
Also Vice-President of the republic. Former Assistant Ambassador to the UN and official in the foreign ministry until 1994, the worked for the United Nations Development Program until she moved to the private sector in 2008.

Last update 04.07.14

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