Guide to Women in Leadership
First Female Ambassadors J-R
is the list of the first women appointed as ambassadors in the countries which
has had a female ambassador to this date. Some of the information in this list
is supplied by Mart Martin.
J K L M N O P Q R
1974-75 Dr. Lucielle Mathurin Muir, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations
1992-96 United Nations
1975-? Carmen Parris, France
1976 Sakado Ogata, Minister to ?
Later Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and High Commissioner for Refugees
1980-83 Nobuko Takahashi, Denmark
1969-? Laurice Hlass, Ambassador-at-large, Deputy to the UN Ambassador, Repetitive the UN General Assembly etc.
2000-03 Alia Hatough-Bouran, Belgium, Luxembourg, EU and NATO .
From 2003 Minister of Tourism.
The first female Jordanian ambassador with a posting to a foreign country
. From 2003 Minister of Tourism.
1993- Akmoral Arystanbekova, United Nations
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
1976-86 Margaret Wambui Kenyatta, Permanent Representative to the UN Environmental Program in Nairobi
Mayor of Nairobi 1970-76.
Sally Kosgei, United Kingdom
Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs 1991-97, of Finance 1998 and from 1998 of the Office of the President
1948 Mo Yun-suk, Special Ambassador, Leader of Delegation to United Nation's General Assembly meeting in Paris
Lee In-ho, Finland
1998-2002 Ambassador to Russia
Dilde Sarbagysheva, Consul General with
rank of Ambassador to Istanbul
2005- Ambassador to United Kingdom
1992-94 Rosa Otunbaeva, USA and Canada
Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan 1986-89, 1992 and 1994-96 and Ambassador to Malaysia for United Socialist Soviet Republics 1991-92.
1993-99 Nabila Al-Mulla, South Africa and Zimbabwe
1999-2005 Ambassador to Austria
2001-05 United Nations in Geneva and Austria and Deputy Permanent Representative
2005-07 United Nations
2007-? Belgium, Luxembourg, The European Union.
1994 Prof. Rasha 'Al-Sabah/ or Rawyah 'Al-Ghaem, Ambassador?
Former Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations
1998-2004 Sengchanh Soukhaseum, Philippines
Director General of the Foreign Affairs Institute in Laos.
1991 Anna Zigure, Finland
1983 Sameera Emile Hanna-Al-Daheer, Japan
1997-? Insaf Sultan, Pakistan
1977-ca.79 Marion Likhapa Sehlabo, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, France, Western Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland
Circa 1986 United Kingdom
1994-? Eunice Bulane, USA
1975-77 Angie Brook-Randolph, United Nations, Cuba
Former Assistant Secretary of State and President of the United Nations General Assembly
1992-? Dr. Fatima Magami, Ghana
1990-2002 Claudia Fritsche, United Nations
2002- Ambassador to United States of America
1918-19 Jadvyga Chodakauskaite-Tubeliene, Deputy Chief of Mission to Switzerland
1994 Halina Kobeckaite, Estonia
1997-? Kornelija Juraitienë, Norway
1993-98 Arlette Conzemius-Parroud, Council of Europe
1991-95 Representative Ljubira Z. Acevska, USA
As official representative, she worked for the recognition of her Country, and after it came trough, she was appointed Ambassador.
1976-79 P.G. Lim. Yugoslavia
Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare 1997-2002.
1993-? Madina Ly-Tall, France and Spain
1970-75 Alice Emo-Capodolisk, Portugal
Cecilia Attard Pirotta, Spain
The first female Resident Ambassador. From 2004 Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion as the first female in the country.
Cecilia Attard Pirotta, Spain
1997-? Amatlain E. Kabua, Japan
Before her appointment she was her county's first female mayor.
Circa 1989-93 Ghislaine Henry, France
1993-96 Shirin Aumeeruddy-Cziffra, France and Spain
1996-? Marie-France Rousseti, France and Spain
1941 Palma Guillén, Minister to Colombia
1954-58 Amalia de Castillo Ledón, Minister-Plenipotentiary to Sweden
Circa 1967-? Ambassador to Austria
Paula Alegria, Denmark
The first Mexican woman with the title of ambassador
1997-2005 Iuliana Gorea-Costin, Permanent Representative to Council of Europe
Presidential Candidate in 1996. Title of Ambassador from 1999.
Evelyne Genta, United Kingdom
Consul General to the UK from 2006 until the Consulate was elevated to the status of an Embassy.
1980-83 Damdiny Baljinnyam, United Nations in Génève
1965-69 HRH Princess Lalla Aisha of Morocco to United Kingdom
1969-75 Italy and Greece
Sister of the late King Hassan III (1929-61-99). She lived (1930-2011)
2001- HRH Princess Lalla Maryem of Morocco, to UNESCO
Sister of King Muhamad V
1980-85 Frances Victoria Velho Rodriguez, Ambassador in the Foreign Ministry
1985-95 European Communities, Netherlands, Belgium France, Austria and Greece
1991-95 Tonata Lilja Itenge-Emvula, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
1996-? Millicent Aroi, Fiji
1989-? Bindha Swari Shah, India
Started her diplomatic career as Second Secretary to Washington 1961-64. Daughter of Padma Sundar Malla, decendant of the Malla Kings of Bhaktapur.
1956-? Maria Z.W. Witteven, European Council
1995 Janine C. Ferringa, Ghana
1949 Cynthia Mackenzie, Minister to France
1968 Helen Hampton, United Nations in Génève
1978 Barbara Angus, Philippines
1979-ca.86 Rita Delia Caso Montenegro, USA and Canada
1977 R.T. Mohammed to ?
1982-86 Judith Sefi Attah, UNESCO
1990-95 Italy, Greece and Cyprus
Former civil servant and 1995-97 Minister of Social Affairs
1974 Kirsten Ohm, European Council
1978-96 Annemarie Røstvik (Roestvik)
1999-? Khadija bint Hassan bin Salman al-Luweti, The Netherlands
1954-61 Begum Raána Liquat Ali Khan, The Netherlands
She was the widow of President Ali Khan, 1973-76 she was governor of the Sindh Province (b. 1905-)
Rechirei Suta, Philippines
Apart from being her country's first ambassador she was also its first envoy to Manila.
Until 1991 Leila Shahid, Ireland
1991-93 The Netherlands and Denmark
Elida Campodónico de
Vice-President of the Partido Nacional Feminista in 1923. (1894-1960)
Circa 1970-93 Emilia Arosemena Vallarino, Mexico
Papua New Guinea
1988-ca.99 Margaret M. Taylor, USA
1945-49 Prof. Isabel Aurva Vallejo, Brazil
In 1941 she was Director General for the Minister of Finance. She might have been Paraguay's only female ambassador, at least until recently.
Circa 1988 Maria Salzar Castellanos, Poland
Circa 1962 Trinidad Fernandez Legarde, The Republic of (South) Vietnam
In the 1980s ambassador to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
1983-87 Dr.iur. Maria Skóra Regent-Lechowicz, Sweden
Former Secretary of State of Justice.
1974-79 Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo da Silva, UNESCO
Premier Minister 1979-80
1924 Elena Vacaresco, Leauge of Nations
1978 Stana Dagoi, Denmark
1991-92 Tamara Vedenikova, Denmark
1991-? Zora Novoahilova, Switzerland
2000-05 Rosemary Kobusinye Museminali, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Republic of Ireland
Minister of State 2005-08 and appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008.
Last update 20.03.16