Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership


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- 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- 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.

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.

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- 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- 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- 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, European Union
MP for PD and Italian Foreign Minister for a few months in 2014. Also Vice-President of the EU-Commission and in charge of Security Policy.  (b. 1973-)

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 circa 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.

2014- Margot Wallström, Sweden
Former MP and held ministerial posts since 1988 and was
European Commissioner 1999-2009 and later worked for the UN. (b. 1954-).

2014- Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Indonesia
Retno LP Marsudi or Retno Marsudi is former Ambassador to the Netherlands and to Norway and Iceland.

2014-Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia
1998 Deputy Minister and 1998-2000 Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, 2000-03 and 2013-14Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2003-04 Deputy State Minister at the State Chancellery, 2004-13 State Minister of Integration with European and Euro-Atlantic Structures and 2013 Deputy State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. (b. 1961-).

2014- Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Grenada
1998-2003 Minister of Environment and Health, 2003-07 Minister of Communication, Works and Transport, 2007-08 Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation,  Culture and the Performing Arts and 2013-14 Minister of Health and Social Security.

2014- Francine Baron, Dominica
Also Minister of CARICOM Affairs, she was Attorney General 2007-12 and Ambassador to United Kingdom 2012-14.

2014- Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez, Venezuela
Delcy Rodríguez was Minister of Presidential Affairs in 2006,
Vice-Minister for Europe 2006-10 and Minister of Communication and Information 2012-13 and 2014 , before she was appointed Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs. (b. 1970-).

2014- Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Botswana
2002-03 Minister of Commerce, Industry, Wildlife and Tourism, 2003-04 Minister of Conservation, Wildlife and Tourism, 2004-09 Minister of Communications, Science and Technology and 2009-14 Minister of Education and Skill Development

2015- Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, The Gambia
Journalist and former Deputy Director of the National Television Corporation, Secretary of State of Industry and Employment in 2005 and Secretary of State of Communication, Information and Technology 2005-08, Ambassador and Permanent Representative  to The United Nations in 2008 and to USA, Candada and Mexico in 2009. (b. 1957-).

2015- Béatrice Atallah, Madagascar
Former President of the Electoral Commission

2015- Aïchatou Kané Boulama, Niger
Also Minister of Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad. She was Secretary of State of Finance for Planning 1993-95 and Director of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister until 2015. (b. 1955-)

2015- Ana María Liliana Sánchez Vargas de Ríos, Peru
Other versions of her name is Ana María Sánchez Vargas de Ríos and Ana María Sánchez. Appointed Ambassador to France in 2015.

2015- Marina Kaljurand, Estonia
Ambassador to Israel 2004-06, to Russia 2006-08, Kazakhstan 2007-11, USA and Mexico 2011-14 and Canada 2011-13. (b. 1962-).

2015- Minister of Foreign Affairs Niermala Badrising, Suriname
Former Ambassador to OAS and Chair of the Permanent Council in 2015

2015- Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Mexico
PRI MP 2006-12 amd Secretary of Tourism 2012-15. (b. 1972-)

2015- Susana Malcorra, Argentina
Undersecretary of the United Nations 2008-2012 and United Nations Chef de Cabinet to the Executive Office 2012-15. (b. 1954-).

2016- Makalé Camara, Guinea
Aso known as Makalacutee Kamara. Secretary of State for Women and Children 1992-94, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Forests 1994-96,  Ambassador to Senegal, Gambia, Capo Verde and Mauritania 2002-07, Ambassador to France, Spain, Monaco, Portugal and UNESCO 2007-11 and held various other administrative and political posts. (b. 1953-)

2016- Marjon V. Kamara, Liberia

Worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for 20 years latest as Director for Africa based in Geneva 2005-09 and UN Ambassador 2009-16.

2016- Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Senator from 2011.

2016- Aung San Suu Ky, Myanmar
The de facto Head of Government is also State Councillor and Minister of the President's Office,  leaderof the democracy movement since 1988,  under house arrest for a total of 15 years over a 21-year period, MP from 2012 and Leader of the Opposition 2012-16. Widow of Dr. Michael Aris (1946-1999) and mother of 2 sons. (b. 1945-).

 2016- Minister of Foreign Affairs Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir, Iceland

Lilja Dögg Alfredsdottir is an economist and previously worked for the Icelandic Central Bank.

Last updat
e 24.04.16

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