Woman Local Premiers from 1990

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership



Since 1990

This is a listing of female chiefs of governments both of federal states and provincial with various degrees of autonomy
Women Local Leaders

1990-93 Premier Joan Kirner, Victoria (Australia)

1985-88 Minister of Conservation, Forests and Lands, 1988-90 Deputy Premier, 1988-93 Minister of Ethnic Relations, 1993 Leader of the Opposition (Labour) in Victoria.

1990-93 Premier Dr. Carmen Lawrence, Western Australia (Australia)

Deputy Chairperson of Committees of the Legislature 1986-88, Minister of Education 1988-90 in Western Australia. 1990-94 she was Leader of Labour in the State and 1993-94 Leader of the Opposition. 1994-96 Federal  Minister of Health and Human Service, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (Cabinet Minister). President of the Australian Labour Party 2004-05. (b. 1937-)

1990 and 1995 Frau Landammann Cornelia Füeg-Hitz, Kanton Solothurn (Switzerland)

Councillor of Housing, Building and Traffic 1988-91 (and 1995-97), Councillor of Justice 1991-95.

1991 Premier and President of the Executive Council Rita M. Johnston, British Columbia (Canada)

1986-91 Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Culture, 1991-92 Federal Leader of Social Credit Party.

1991-95 Government Leader Nellie Cournoyea, North West Territories (Canada)

Member of the Legislative Assembly 1979-95 and held various ministerial post before becoming the first aboriginal Government Leader. From 1996 Director General-President of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. (b. 1940-)

1991-96, 2001, 2002-2006, 2011-14 and 2015-16 (†) Chief Minister  J. Jayalalitha Jayaram, Tamil Nadu (India)

Selvi J. Jayalahithaa (another transcription of her name) was All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Secretary General and 1998-2016 Parliamentary Leader in Lokh Sabha 1998-2016. She lived (1948-2016).

1991-2010 President of the General Council Anne d'Ornano, Calvados (France)

Mayor of Deanville 1977-2001. Her late husband, Count Michel d'Ornano, was a former minister and mayor of Deanville 1962-77. (b. 1936-)

1992-93 and 1997-98 Schultheiss Brigitte Mürner-Gilli, Kanton Luzern (Switzerland)

1986-87 President of the Grand Council, 1987-99 Councillor of Education.

1992-94 President of the Government Fiorella Ghilardotti, Regione de Lombardia (Italy)

Later elected member of the European Parliament.

1992-98 President of the Regional Council Marie-Christine Blandin, Nord-Pas-De-Calais (France)

Leader of the Green Group in the Regional Council since 1998. Deputy National Secretary of Les Verts, Senator from 2001. (b. 1952-)

1992-98 President of the General Council Janine Bardou, Lozčre (France)

Senator 1994-2001 until she resigned because of ill health. (b. 1927-).

1993-2005 Minister President Heide Simonis, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
Minister of Finance 1988-93 and Assisting Minister-Präsidentin in 1993. The Vice-Premier was a woman 2000-05 and during some periods the cabinet had more female members than male. She was 3. Vice-President of the Bundesrat 2003-04 . In 2005 she formed a new coalition but a member of her own Social Democrats did not vote for her in Parliament. It also meant that she did not become the first female President of the Bundesrat and Deputy Head of State in November 2005, when the post belonged to the state, according to the rotating principle. (b. 1944-).

1993-94 Chief Minister Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Western Province (Sri Lanka)
Federal Prime Minister in 1994 and President 1994-2005. The Western Province includes the capital Colombo.

1993-96 Premier Catherine Callbeck, Prince Edwards Island (Canada)

1974-1978 Minister of Health and Social Services and  Minister Responsible for the Disabled of PEI. In 1978 she returned to the family business. Again Member of the Assembly 1988-93. Two days after she was elected leader of the Liberal Party, she became Premier and President of the Executive Council on January 25 1993, and in March she again became MLA. Since 1997 National Senator. (b. 1939-)

1993-94 Landammann Margrit Weber-Röllin, Kanton Schwyz (Switzerland)

Councillor of Education 1988-96.

1993-2002 President of the Government Marta Vincenzi, Provincia Genova (Italy)

1990-93 Councillor of School Affairs in the City Government of Government. In the provincial government there wetr 4 women and 4 male members. Afterwards Member of the European Parliament. (1947-)

1994-99 Premier Laurette Onkelinx, French Community (Belgium)

 Vice-Chairperson of the Parliament Group of Parti Socialiste 1989-92, Vice-President of House of Representatives 1990-91, Federal Minister of Social Solidarity, Health and Environment 1992-93 and since 1. Federal Vice-Premier 1999-2007 and several ministerial posts since 1999. (b. 1944-)

1994-99 Premier Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casbury, The Free State (South Africa)

1999-2009 Minister in the central government. She lived (1937-2009).

1995-2000 Chief Minister Kate Carnell, Australian Capital Territory  (Australia)

1991-95 Leader of the Liberals and Leader of the Opposition. Also Treasurer and holder of other portfolios. Continued in the government in 2000.

1995, 1997, 2002-03 and 2007- Chief Minister Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh (India)

The first low-chaste or Dalit Chief Minister in India and the youngest in Uttar Pradesh by her first appointment. She was Union Vice-President of Bahujan Samaja Party 1995-2002 and from 2002 Party Leader. (b. 1956-)

1995-96 President of the Government Dori Schaer-Born, Bern (Switzerland)

Councillor of Building, Traffic and Energy 1992-2002.

1995-96 President of the Government Alessandra Guerra, Regione de Friuli-Venezia Gulia (Autonomous Region) (Italy)

Regional Councillor for Lega Nord and from 2001 Vice-President and Councillor for Education, Culture and European Affairs. 2003 she was candidate in direct elections for the post of President of the Regional Government (b. 1963-).

1996-2005 Landeshauptfrau Waltraud Klasnic, Steiermark (Austria)

She was III. President of the Landtag 1983-88, Councillor of Economics, Tourism and Traffic 1988-96 and Deputy Premier 1993-96. Vice-Chairperson of the ÖVP 1995-99 and since 1996 Provincial Chair of the People's Party. Lost the 2005-elections. (b. 1945-).

1996-97 Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab (India)
Leader of the Punjab Congress Party and from 2004 Deputy Chief Minister of the Province. (b. 1945-).

1996, 2000 and 2005 President of the Council of State Dr. Ruth Lüthi, Canton Fribourg/Kanton Freiburg (Switzerland)

Councillor of Social Affairs and Health from 1991 and 1999 and 2004 Vice-President of the Council of State.

1996-97 Acting Chief Minister Patience Addow, The Eastern Region 
1997-99 and 1999-2001 Chief Minister of The Eastern Region  (Ghana)

Minister in Charge of the Eastern Region (Chief Minister) in the central government 

1997-99 Chief  Minister Esther Lily Nkasah,  The Western Region (Ghana)

Minister in Charge of the Western (Chief Minister) in the central government. Her mother, Gladys Asmah (1936-) was Minister 2001-09. (b. 1953-) 

1997-98 Landammann Dr. Stéphane Mörikofer-Zwez of Kanton Aargau (Switzerland)

1993-99 Councillor of Health, 1996-97 Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government), 1997-98 Landammann (Chief of Government), 1999-2001 Councillor of Finance and
2000-01 Landstatthalter (b. 1943-).

1997-98 and 2002-03 President of the Government Elisabeth Zölch-Balmer, Kanton Bern (Switzerland)

Councillor of People's Economy 1994-2006. 

1997-98 and 2000-ca.03 President of the Government/Landammann Marianne Kleiner-Schläpfer, Kanton Appenzell-Ausserrhoden (Switzerland) 

Director of Finance 1994-2003.

1997 and 2001 President of the Government Anita Rion, Republique et Canton du Jura (Switzerland)
Minister of Education 1997-2002.

1997-99, 1999 and 2000-05 Chief Minister Rabri Devi, Bihar (India)

She is illiterate and knows little about politics and appears to be a mere figurehead for her husband, former Chief Minister, Laloo Prasad Yadaw, who was under investigation on charges of corruption and later convicted. She is also leader of the Rashtiya Janata Dal. From 2000 she has been the leader of a coalition government with 39 cabinet ministers and 41 ministers of state - the largest in the country. She is illiterate. (b. 1956-).

1998 Chief Minister Sushma Swaraj, Delhi (India)

In 1977-78 Minister of Social Welfare etc. 1987-88 Minister of Education, Food and Civil Supply of Haryana, 1991-98 Member of the Panel of Vice-Chairmen of the Rajya Sabha, ca. 1995-98 General Secretary and Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, 1996 1998 and since 2000 Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting. In 1998 she resigned from the Union Cabinet to become Chief Minister of Delhi, but after a few months she lost the election and was succeeded by Sheila Dixit. (b. 1952-)

1998- Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, Delhi (India)
1986-89 Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of State of the Prime Minister’s Office. She was the President of the State Congress (I). (b. 1938-)

1998-99 and 2004-05 President of the Council of State Martine Brunswig Graf, The  Republique et Canon de Génčve/Genf (Switzerland)

Councillor of Public Education and Military Affairs 1993-2003, 1997-98 and 2003-04 Vice-President of the Council of State,
Acting Councillor of Finances 2002-03, Councillor of Finances and Military Affairs 2003-05. (b. 1950-)

1998-99 President of the Government Veronica Schaller, Kanton Basel Stadt (Switzerland) 

Councillor of Health 1992-2000 and 2000-01 in charge of Education in the Canton of the City of Basel.

1998-99, 2002-02 and 2005-06 President of the Government Elsebeth Schneider-Kenel, Kanton Basel  Landschaft (Switzerland)

Councillor of Building and Environment from 1996 and Vice-President of the Government 1997-98, 2001-02 and 2004-05 in the Canton of the Landscape of Basel. (b. 1946-).

1998-99 and 2000-01 President of the Government Marina Masoni, Repubblica e Cantone del Ticino (Switzerland)
Director of Finance and Economy from 1995, and Vice-President of the Council of State 1997-98, 1999-2000 and
2004-05 Vice-President of the Council of State

1998-99 Landammann Rita Roos-Niedermann, St. Gallen (Switzerland)
Director of Economy from 1996 and 1999-2000 Landamann-Stellvertreterin. In 1999 she was candidate for the post of National Councillor (Minister in the National Government)

1999-2004 Premier Isabella Winkie Direko, The Free State (South Africa)
Former School Principal and National President of the National Council of African Women. She lived (1929-2012).

1999-2009 Leader of the Government Sarah Wescott-Williams, Sint Maarten (Nederlandse Antillen)

Commissioner of General Affairs and Education 1995-2009 and from 1999 also Deputy of Education, Social and Cultural Development, Finance, Juridical Affairs, Emergency Services, Information, Communication and Protocol, Strategic Policy, Planning and Development. She is also Leader of the St. Maarten Party. Prime Minister of the newly established entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2010. (b. 1956-).

1999-2000 Chief of the Government Rosario Robles Berlanga de Moguel, The Federal District (Mexico)

In 1989 she founded the Partido de la Revolución Democrática, Member of the Parliament and 1997-99 Secretary of Government of the Federal District.

1999-2000 and 2006-07 Government President Verena Diener, Kanton Zürich (Switzerland)
Councillor of Health 1991 and Councillor of Health 1995-2007. 1995-97 also Councillor of Social Affairs. In 1992-95 she was Leader of the Faction of the Green Party in the National Assembly. Vice-Government-President 2005-06. (b. 1949-).

1999 Chief Minister Jayani Tissera Dissanayake, North Central Province (Sri Lanka)

In office from April to June and stepped down in favour of her husband, Berty Premalal Dissanayake, who is also Minister in the central government. She later became Private Secretary for another Minister, Dr. Duddley Dissanayake.

1999 Chief Minister Nalini Weerawanni, Uva Province (Sri Lanka)

Nominally sworn in as chief minister to pave the way for her husband, Samaraweera Weerawanni, MP and former Deputy Minister in the Central Government.

1999-2002  President of the Government  Margherita Cogo, Regione di Trento-Alto Adige/ Trentino-Südtirol  (Autonomous Region) (Italy)

Trento-Alto Adige consists of two Provinces Trento and Bolzano/Bozen or South Tirol, with a German-speaking majority of inhabitants and German is official language together Italian.

1999-2004 President of the Regional Council Anne-Marie Comparini, Région Rhône-Albes (France)
Former Regional Councillor and Vice-President of the Council and Vice-mayor of Lyon from 1995. (b. 1948-)

2000-02 Premier Pat Duncan, Yukon (Canada) 

Leader of Liberal Party since 1997 and Leader of the Opposition until 2000. She appointed a cabinet with three female and three male members apart from herself. 

2000 President of the Executive Committee Nuria Abdulahi, Harari (Ethiopia)

Only in office for around one month.

2000-03 Chairperson of the People's Government Uyunqing, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (China) 
Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party since 1994 and on 28.8.00 she became 1st Vice-chair of the government and acting chair from the same day. She was acting chair until she was elected to the post in February 2001. (b. 1941-)

2000-01 and 2007-08 Government President Dr.  Rita Fuhrer, Kanton Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Social Affairs and Safety (Police) 1995-99 and Social Affairs from 1999. She was  Vice-Government President 1999-2000 and 2006-07.

2000 and 2004 Frau Landammann Ruth Gisi-Wilisegger, Kanton Solothurn (Switzerland)
Ruth Gisi has been Councillor of Education 1997-2006 and Vice-Landammann 1999 and 2003.

2000-01 President of the Government Dora Andres, Kanton Ber (Switzerland)

Councillor of Police and Military from 1996 and 1999-2000 Vice-President of the Government.


2000 and 2004 President of the Government Jacqueline Maurer-Mayor, Vaud (Switzerland)

President of the Grand Council (Parliament) 1996-97 and Chief of Economy Department 1997-2007 and in 1999 she was Vice-President of the Government Cou. In August 2000 she took absence of leave to be treated for an illness.

2000-10 President Maria Rita Lorenzetti, Regione de Umbria (Italy)

Councillor of Social Services in the City of Foligno 1975-84 when she was elected Mayor. She was a MP from 1987. (1953-)

2001-02 and 2006-07 President of the Government  Barbara Schneider, Basel Stadt (Switzerland)
Councillor of Building and Industrial Works from 1996 and was Vice-President of the Government 2000-01 and 2005-06.

2001 and 2005 President of the Government Dr. Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Graubünden (Switzerland)
Councillor of Finance and Military 1998-2007 and Vice-President of the Government in 2000 and 2004. and Federal Councillor of Justice and Police 2008-10 and Federal Councillor of Finance from 2010 and Federal President in 2012.

2001-02 President of the Council of State Monika Dusong, Republique and Canton of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Councillor of State and Chief of Justice, Health and Security 1997-2005,  Vice-President of the State-Council 2000-01.

2001-02 and 2007-08 President of the Government Lic.phil Kathrin Hilber, St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Since 1996 Councillor of State and Director of Interior and Military.

2001-02 President of the Council of State Micheline Calmy Rey, Génčve (Switzerland)
President of the Grand Conseil 1993 and has been Councillor of Finance since 1997 and in 2000-01 Vice-President of the Government. Federal Foreign Minister since 2003, Confederal Vice-President in 2006 and President in 2007. (b. 1945-).

2001-04 Prime Minister Natalya Partasova, Republic of Chuvashia (Russia)

1st Deputy Prime Minister when she became chief of the government of Chuvash (b. 1957).

2001-07 Chief Minister Clare Martin, Northern Territory (Australia)

Leader of Labour 1999-2007 and of the Opposition 1999-2001. 

2001-02 Minister in Charge Regina Phiri of the Eastern Province (Zambia)

Minister in Charge of the Eastern Province in the central government 

2002 President of the Government Francine Jeanprętre, Vaud (Switzerland)

Chief of the Education and Youth Department 1998-2002 and Vice-President in 2001.

2002-04 Landammann Dr. Gabi Huber, Uri (Switzerland)

Director of Finance and Interior 1996-2004 and Frau Landesstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government) 2000-02.

2002-03 and 2007-08 President of the Council of State Patrizia Pesenti, Ticino (Switzerland)

Since 1999 Director of Social Affairs  (b. 1958). 

2002-04 President of the Regional Council Elisabeth Morin, Poitou-Charentes (France) 

Former vice-President. (b. 1947-).

2003 Schultheiss Margit Fischer-Williman, Luzern (Switzerland)

Councillor of Military, Police and Environment 1999-2003. (b. 1947-).

2003-07 Landammann Alice Scherrer-Baumann, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden  (Switzerland)

Government Councillor and Director of Health 1994-2007.

2003-04 Landammann Maria Küchler-Flury, Obwalden (Switzerland)

Councillor of Economy 1992-2006 and Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government) 2002-03 

2003-07 President of the Region Luzmila Templo Condeso, Huánuco (Peru)

Mayor of Huánuco from around 1993. 

2003-07 President of the Region María Cristala Constantínides Rosado, Moquegua (Peru)

Former Provincial Mayor of  Mariscal Nieto. (b. 1944-).

2003-07 President of the Region Dra. Rosa Yris Medina Feijóo, Tumbes (Peru)

Member of Apra, and President of the local branch of the National Council of Women and worked with handicapped children. (b. 1940-)

2003-12 President of the Government Esperanza Aguirre y Gil de Biedma, the Autonmous Community of Madrid (Spain)

1983-87 President of Partido Popular of Madrid, 1991-96 Deputy Mayor of the City of Madrid for Environment and 1996-99 Minister of Education and Culture, 1999-2002 President of the Senate. (b. 1952-).

2003-  Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje, Rajastan (India)

Held various portfolios as Union Minister of State 1998-2003. Her full name is Vasundhararaja Rao Scindia and is daughter of the late Rajmata Vikauaraje Scindia of Gwalivor, who was MP for many years and Vice-President of the BJP. Vashundhra is married to the former Maharaja of Dholpur (b. 1953-)

2003-04 Chief Minister Uma Bharati, Madhyra Pradesh (India)

Held various portfolios as Union Minister of State 1998-2000 and as Union Cabinet Minister until 2003. In 2004 she stepped down after being charged with inciting violence during riots in the southern state of Karnataka 10 years ago. Also known as Sadhui Uma Shree Bhatari she is a Hindu Nun, and she holds the title of Sushree. (b. 1959-).

2004- President of the Regional Council, Ségolčne Royal, Poitou-Charentes (France)

1992-93 Minister of Environment, 1994-95 President of National Council of the Socialist Party, 1997-2000 Minister-Delegate of National Education, Technology and Science, 2000-02 Minister-Delegate of Family and Childhood. Socialist Presidential Candiate in 2007. (b. 1953-).

2004- President of the General Council Marie-Françoise Pérol-Dumont, the Department of Haute-Vienne (France)

Vice-President of the Council 1992-2004, Vice-President 1997-98 and Secretary of the National Assembly from 1998. (b. 1949-).

2004- President of the Region Rosa Suárez Aliaga, Apurímac (Peru)

Vice-President of the Regional Government 2003-04.

2004-09 Premier Beatrice Marshoff, The Free State (South Africa)

Former Member of the Executive Council for Social Affairs.

2004-09 Premier Edna Molewa, North West Province (South Africa)
Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Tourism, Environment and Conservation in the North West Province 1996-98, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism in the North West Province 1998-2000 and MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in the North West Province 2000-04. (b. 1957-).

2004-08 Premier Zisiwe Nosimo Beauty Balindlela, Eastern Cape (South Africa)

Nosimo Balindlela was member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture 1999-2004. (b. 1929-).

2004-09 Premier Dipuo Peters, Northern Cape (South Africa)

Former Member of the Executive Council of Education and later for Arts and then for Health.

2004 Acting Premier Catherine Mabuza, Limpopo (South Africa)

Acted from 22nd of April as the incumbent Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi was elected MP. Sello Moloto is sworn in as new premier on 26th of April.

2004-13 Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller, Salzburg (Austria)

Until 2002 Parliamentary Leader of SPÖ in the Province, Landeshaputmann-Sellvertreterin and Councillor in charge of Municipalities, Health, Youth, Women, Consumer's Protection
2002-04 and Chairperson of the local SPÖ 2004-13. (b. 1963-).

2004-05 and 2008-09 President of the Government Barbara Egger-Jenzer, Bern (Switzerland)

2000 1. Vice-President and 2001-02 President of the Grosse Rat, since 2002 Councillor of Housing, Traffic and Construction and in 2003-04 and 2007-08 Vice-President of the Government.

2004-05 and 2006-07 President of the Council of State Sylvie Perrinjaquet, Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

From 2001 Councillor of State and Chief of the Departments of Finance and Social Affairs and in 2003-04 and 2005-06 Vice-President of the Council of State. (b. 1955-).

2004-05 Landammann Elisabeth Gander-Hofer, Obwalden (Switzerland)

From 1995 Councillor of Health and Security and 2003-04 Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government).

2004-08 Minister-Présidente Marie Arena, French Community (Belgium)

The government is in charge of the affairs of the French speaking community in Wallonia and Brussels, and had 4 female and 2 male members. She was Regional Minister of Professional Training in Walonia 2000-03 and 2003-04 Federal Minister for the Public Services, Social Integration and Urban Development and Federal Minister of Pensions and Integration from 2008. She is of Italian origin.(b. 1966-).

2004-05 Chief of Region Louise Odette Rahaingosoa, Sofia (Madagascar)

MP 1993-2003, 2002-04 Minister of Culture. She is also known as Rahaingosoa Louise Odette Andriamaroseheno. (b. 1953-).

2004-09 Chief of Region Hanta Rabetaliana, Haute Matsiatra (Madagascar)

Dr. Rabetaliana-Schachenmann is a former Project Coordinatoer of WWF and Vice President of Madagascar's International Year of Mountains national committe.

2005-07 Chief of Region Moana Essa Raseta, Ihorombe  2007-08 Chief of Region of Sava (Madagascar)

Professor in biology and  horticulture and from 2002 director of an Agricultural School.

2005 Landammann Anne-Catherine Lyon, Vaud (Switzerland)

Chief of the Education and Formation Department from 2002.

2005-06 Landammann Brigitte Profos-Meier, Zug (Switzerland)

Councillor of Interior from 2001 and Frau Statthalter 2004-05

2005-06 President of the Government Council Dorothée Fierz, Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Building and Substitute Councillor of Health from 1999, Vice-President of the Government Council  2003-04. (b. 1947-).

2005-10 President Mercedes Bresso, Regione Piemonte (Italy)

Member of the Regional Council of Piemonte 1985-95, Regional Councillor of Territorial Planning 1994-95, President of the Provincia di Torino 1995-2004, Member of the European Parliament from 2004. Married to Claude Raffestin. (b. 1944-).

2005-06 Landammann Lisbeth Gabriel, Nidwalden (Switzerland)

Member of the Regierungsrat and Director of Agriculture and Environment from 2002 and Landesstatthalterin (Vice-Government Chief 2004-05. (b. 1948-).

2005-06 Minister for the Southern Province Alice Simango, Zambia

A nominated Member of the Parliament. The Provincial Ministers are no the level of Deputy Ministers in the Cabinet.


2005-07 President of Sametinget/Sámediggi Aili Keskitalo in Norway

As President she is both Head of the Parliament and the Executive of the Sami Entity in Norway. She took office on 18. october. Leader of Norske Samers Riksforbund since 2003. A few days after her election she was admitted to hospital because of heart failure (b. 1970-).


2005 Acting President of the Sameting/Sámediggi Randi Skum in Norway (23.10-mid November)

Member of the Assembly from 1997 and Member of the Executive from 2001. (b. 1967-).


2006 and 2012 President of the Government Elisabeth Baume-Schneider, Republic and Canton of Jura (Switzerland)

President of the Parlement 1999-2000 and Minister of Education since 2002 and Vice-President of the Government in 2005, 2007 and 2011. (b. 1963-).


2006-07 and 2011-12 President of the Council of State Karin Keller-Sutter, Sankt Gallen (Switzerland)

Councillor of State and Director of Justice and Police since 2000.


2006-07 Landammann Beatrice Jann, Nidwalden (Switzerland)

1999-2000 Vice-President of the Landrat and Member of the Regierungsrat and Director of Education since 2002-10 and Landesstatthalterin 2005-06.


2007 President of the Council of State Isabelle Chassot, Fribourg (Switzerland)

Councillor of Education, Culture and Sport since 2002. and Vice-President of the Council of State in 2006. (b. 1965-).


2007 and 2012 Schultheiss Yvonne Schärli-Gerig, Luzern (Switzerland)

President of the Grand Conseil in 2002 and Councillor of Justice, Military and Police since 2003 and Statthalter 2006 and 2011. (b. 1952-).


2007-08 President of the Government Eva Herzog, Basel-Stadt (Switzerland)

Councillor of Finance from 2004 and Vice-President of the Government 2006-07. (b. 1961-).


2007-08 and 2012-13 President of the Government Sabine Pegoraro, Basel-Landschaft (Switzerland)

Councillor of Finance from 2003 and Vice-President of the Government 2006-07 and 2011-12. (b. 1961-).

2007-12 Premier Anna Bligh, Queensland (Australia)

Minister of Disability Services and Families, Youth and Community Care until 2000. Education Minister 2000-05 and Minister of Arts 2004-05, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Minister for State Development, Trade and Innovation 2005-07 and Labour Leader 2007-12. 

2007-08 Chairperson of the Regional Government Irina Ilyinichna Skorokhodova, Yaroslav (Russia)
Former Vice-GOvernor of the Oblast.


2007-09 Chief of Region Anjara Manantsara, Diana (Madagascar)

Since 2009 Secretary General of the Ministry of Decentralisation.

2007-09 Chief of Region Samoëline Raheliarisoa, Atsimo-Andrefana (Madagascar)

Also know as Samuëline

2008 President of the Government Ursula Hafner-Wipf, Schaffenhausen (Switzerland)

President of the Kantonsrat in 2000 and Chief of the Department of Interior since 2005 and Vice-President of the Government.

2008 and 2013 Landammann Esther Gassler-Leuenberger, Solothurn (Switzerland)

Councillor of Economy from 2005 and Vice-Landammann in 2007 and 2012

2008-10 Landamman Marianne Dürst-Kundert, Glarus (Switzerland)

Councillor of Interior from 1998. (b. 1961-).

2008- President of the Regional Council Marie-Marguerite Dufay, France-Comté (France)

1. Vice-president through a number of years, she was first Acting President of the Re, when her predecessor died in office, and soon after elected to the post.

2008-11 President of the General Council Josette Durrieu, Hautes-Pyrénées (France)

Vice-President of the Department 1998-2002 and from 2008, Senator, Vice-President of the Nato Parliamentary Assembly and many other posts. (b. 1937-).

2008-09 President of the Government Heidi Hanselmann, Sankt Gallen

Councillor of State for Health from 2004.

2008 Acting Prime Minister Khava Yevloyeva, Ingushetia (Russia) (12.03-14.03)
Continued as Social Affairs Minister after her appointment as Vice-Premier in 2005.

2008-09 Premier Lynne Brown, Western Cape (South Africa)

ANC MP and Whip from 1994, Provincial Deputy Speaker 1999-2001, Speaker 2001-04, Member of the Provincial Executive Council for Finance 2004-08, Premier 2008-09 and Leader of the Provincial Opposition from 2009. (b. 1961-)

2008-President of the Region Nery Enni Saldarriaga de Kroll, Lambayeque (Peru)

Regional Vice-President from 2003, and took over as President of the Government when her predecessor became Prime Minister in 2008, Vicepresidential Candidate for Concerteación Descentralista as the running-mate of Susana Villaran de la Puente in 2006. (b. 1943-).

2008- Premier Eva Aariak, Nunavut (Canada)

Journalist and community worker, Language Commissioner 1999-2004 and 2007, the only female Member of the Legislative Assembly from 2008.

2009 and 2013 President of the Government Rosmarie Widmer Gysel, Schaffenhausen (Switzerland)

Chief of the Department of Education from 2005 and Vice-President of the Government in 2008 and 2012.

2009 Acting Minister President Birgit Diezel, Thüringen (Germany) (January-April and September)

Secretary of State of Finance 1999-2002, Minister of Finance 2002-09, Vice-Premier 2004-09 and Acting Premier when the incumbent was seriously hurt in a skiing accident and again after his resignation following his defeat in the local elections. Also Depty Chairperson of the CDU in Thüringen and Acting Chairperson from 2009 and President of the Landtag since 2009. (b. 1958-).

2009- Premier Helen Zille, Western Cape (South Africa)

Otta Helene Maree née Zille is a former anti-Apartheid Activist, Member of the Executive Council for Education in Western Cape 1999-2004, Member of the National Assembly 2004-06, Mayor of Cape Town 2006-09 and Leader of the Democratic Alliance from 2007. As Premier she appointed a Cabinet with 10 male members, 6 of them white. (b. 1951-)

2009- Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng (South Africa)

Provincial Member of Executive Council for Housing 2004-09. (b. 1963-).

2009- Premier Noxolo Kiviet, Eastern Cape (South Africa)

Speaker of the Provincial Assembly 2004-09.

2009- Premier Maureen Modiselle, North West (South Africa)

Provincial Member of the Executive Council for Safety and Liaison 2004-09. (b. 1941-).

2009-13 Premier Hazel Jenkins, Northern Cape (South Africa)

Mayor of the BoKaroo District Municipality until 2009. On sick-leave since she collapsed while delivering her state-of-the-province address last year after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2012 until she resigned from the Assembly in 2013.

2009-13 Regional Minister Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Central Region (Ghana)
As Regional Minister she was member of the national cabinet and in charge of the regional government.

2009-10 President of the Government Regine Aeppli, Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Education from 2003 and Vice-President of the Government 2008-09

2009-10 Landammann Esther Gasser Pfulg, Obwalden (Switzerland)

Councillor of Security and Health and 2009 Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government).

2009- Minister President Christine Liebknecht, Thüringen (Germany)

Evangelican-Lutheran Pastor in Weimar 1984-90, Minister of Justice until 1999, President of the Landtag 1999-2004, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Goup of CDU 2004-08 and Minister of Social Affairs, Family and Health from 2008. When the former CDU-Premier announced his resignation, she was chosen as her party's Candidate for Premier and leader of the coalition negotiations with SPD. (b. 1958-).

2009-11 Premier Kristina Keneally, New South Wales

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services 2006-08 and Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Redfern Waterloo 2008-09, Labour Leader 2009-11. With Carmel Tebbutt as Deputy Premier it was the first time in Australian history that two women headed a state government. (b. in USA 1968-).

2009-11 Chairperson of the Regional Government Olga Kuzminichna Atyukova, Oblast of Penza (Russia)
Afterwards Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Central Federal District
2009 Acting President of the General Council  Christine Boutin, Yvelines
Former municipal and regional councillor, former mayor and deputy mayor, Vice-President of the Grand Council of Yvelines 1994-2009 and Acting President May-July 2009, MP 1986-2007, Minister of Housing 2007-09 (b. 1944-)

2010 Acting First Minister Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland (UNited Kingdo)

UUP Assembly Member until 2004, when she jointed the Ulster Unionists, Minister of Environment 2007-08 and Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment since 2008.. Temporarily in charge of the government when the First Minister stepped aside for a few weeks. (b. 1970-).

2010- Premier Kathy Dunderdale, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada)

Member of the Legislature from 2003 and Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development till 2006 when she was given the portfolios for the Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Deputy Premier from 2008. Assumed the duties of Premier, while current Premier took a leave of absence to undergo heart surgery in the Florida, and after his resignation she succeeded him.

2010- President Catiuscia Marini, Regione de Umbria (Italy)

Former Social Democratic Member of the European Parliament she won the race against Fiammetta Modena and Paola Binett

  • 2010-12 President Renata Polverini, Regione de Lazio (Italy)

    Secretary General of the rightwing Trade Union Confederation UGL . She won the election as president of the Lazio region in a close race against the former Minister, EU-Commissioner and Party Leader Emma Bonino.

2010 Acting Prime Minister Nina Suslonova, Chuvashia (Russia)
2010-11 Prime Minister

Former Minister of Health and Social Affairs in the republic.

2010- Chairperson of the Government Galina I. Danchikova, Russia

Deputy Minister of Finance 1993-2001, Acting Minister of Finance 2001-02, 1st Deputy Official Representative of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Moscow 2002-07, Deputy Chairman of the Government responsible for Foreign Relations, Finance, Economy and Small Business. (b. 1954-)

2010- Minister-President Hannelore Kraft, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany)

Member of the Landtag of NRW since 2000, Minister of Federal- and European Affairs 2001-05 and Minister of Science and Research in 2005, Parliamentary Leader of the Social Democrats 2005-20, State Chairperson of the party from 2007 and from 2009 Federal Vice-Chairperson, President of the Bundesrat 2010-11 and Deputy Head of State. (b. 1961-).

2010 Acting President of the Regional Council Josiane Collerais, Region Languedoc-Roussillon (France)

As Vice-President of the Council she took over after the death of her predecessor.

2010- Premier Thandi Modise, North West (South Africa)

2010- President of the General Council Hermeline Malherbe-Laurent, The Department of Pyenées-Oales (France) 

She was member from 2008 and Vice-President in 2010. (b. 1969-)

2011- President of the General Council Marisol Touraine, The Department of Indre-et-Loire (France)

Member of the General Council since 1998 and 2. Vice-President from 2008. Also Socialist MP from 2007. (b. 1959-).

2011- Premier Lara Giddings, Tasmania (Australia)

Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the Arts 2004-06, Minister of Health and Human Services 2006-10, Deputy Premier 2008-11, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and for the Arts 2010-11 and Treasurer since 2010. (b. 1972 in Papua New Guinea) 

2011- Prime Minister Lyudmila Ivanova, Kalmykia (Russia)

Former Finance Minister of the Republic

2011- Premier Christy Clark, British Columbia (Canada)

Liberal Member of the Legislature 1996-2005, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Children and Family Development 2001-04. (b. 1965-).

2011-12 Vice-President of the Council of State Laura Sadis, Ticino (Switzerland)

Councillor of Finance and Economy from 2007 and Government-Vice-President 2010-11.

2011-12 President of the Government Ursula Gut-Winterberger, Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Housing 2006-07 and Councillor of Finance from 2007 and Government Vice-President 2010-11. Also Substitute Councillor of Justice and Interior.

2011- Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Australian Capital Territory (Australia)

Minister of Education 2004-06 and Deputy Labour Leader and Deputy Chief Minister since 2006 and Treasurer and Minister of Industrial Relations from 2008. As Deputy she acted after the resignation of the former Chief of Government. Mother of 2 children, the youngest born in 2006. (b. 1970-).

2011- Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal (India)

MP 1984-89 and since 1991 for the Coungress until she founded the Trimaul Congress Party, which she has chaired from 1998. 1991-93 Minister of State of Human Resources Development for Youth Affairs, Sports, Women and Child Development, 1999-2000 and 2009-11 Minister of Railways and 2003-04 Minister without Portfolio (b. 1955-)

2011- President of the Government María Dolores de Cospedal García, Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)

Subsecretary in the Ministry of Interior 2004-05, Councillor of Transport and Infrastructure in Comunidad de Madrid, Senator from Comunidad de Castilla-La Mancha since 2006 and Leader of Partido Popular in the Province and Federal Secretary General from 2008. She is divorced and single mother. (b. 1965-).

2011- President of the Government Luisa Fernanda Rudi, Aragón (Spain)

Conservative MP 1986-96, 2000-04 and 2008-11, 3. Secretary of the Congreso 1993-9 6 and it's President 2000-04, Mayor of Zaragoza 1995-2000 and President of the Diputación General de Aragón from 2011. (b. 1950-).

2011- President of the Government Yolanda Barcin Angulo, Navarra (Spain)

Councillor of Territorial Planning 1996-99, Mayor of Pamplona 1999-2011 and President of the Unión del Pueblo Navarro since 2009.(b. 1960-)

2011 Acting President of the Government Paula Sánchez de León Guardiola, Valencia (Spain)

Councillor of Justice and Public Administration 2008-11 and Vice-President of the Government and Councillor of the Presidency from 2011. (b. 1965-)

2011-12 Goverment President Gisčle Ory, Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

President of the Commune of Chézard-Saint-Martin 1999 and 2000, Member of the Gand Conceil of Neuchatel 2001-07 and it’s President 2006-07, Member of the Chamber of the Estates 2003-09 and Counillor of Social Affairs and Health since 2009

2011- Minister President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Saarland (Germany)

Minister of Interior, Family, Women and SPort 2000-07, Minister of Education, Family, Women and Culture 2007.09 and Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs, Prevention and Sport 2009-11, Chairperson of the CDU of Saarland from 2011. (b. 1962-)

2011- Premier Alison Redford, Alberta (Canada)
MLA and Minister of Justice 2008-11. Leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party from 2011. (b. 1965-)

2012 President of Government Barbara Janom Steiner, Graubünden (Switzerland)
Counciller of Justice, Security and Health from 2008 and Vice-President of the Government in 2011. (b. 1963-)

2012-13 Acting Premier Grizelda Cjiekella, Northern Cape (South Africa)
The Minister for Education she was appointed after Premier Hazel Jenkins suffered a stroke on during her State of the Province Address in February.

2012-13 Landammann  Susanne Hochuli, Aargau (Switzerland)
Fomer Co-President of the Green Party in the CantonCouncillor of Social Affairs and Health from 2009 and Frau Landstatthalter 2011-12

2012-13 President of the Government Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten, Valais (Switzerland)
 Councillor of Social Security and Social Affairs and Integration from 2009 and
Vice-President of the Government 2011-12

2012-13 President of the Government Monika Knill-Kradolfer, Thurgau (Switzerland)
Councillor of Education and Culture  since 2008 and Vice-President of the Government 2011-12. (b. 1972-)


2012- Acting Premier Louisa Mabe, North West Province(South Africa)
Former Minister of Finance and Minister of Education and Training from 2012 she was appointed during the sickleave of Thandi Modise.

2012- Premier Pauline Marois, Québec

Has held various ministerial portfolios, the first time in 1981. Latest among other Minister of Finances, Economy and Research and Minister Responsible for the Montérégie Region and Deputy Premier 2001-03 Leader of Parti Québécois from 2007 and Opposition Leader 2008-12. (b. 1949-).

2012- President of the Conseil Regional Josette Borel-Lincertin, Guadaloupe (French External Territory)
First Vice-President 2005-12.

2013 President of the Government Anne-Claude Demierre, Freiburg (Switzerland)
1. Vice-President of the Grand Conseil 2004 and, President of the Grand Conseil 2005 and Councillor of Health and Social Affairs since 2005 and Vice-President of the Government  in 2012.

2013- Minister President Malu Dreyer, Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)
In October 2012, Marie-Luise Dreyer  was designated to take over as Chief of Government in January the following year. She was Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Health 2002-13. Married to the Lord Mayor of Trier, Klaus Jensen, and mother of 3 children and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 1990s. (b. 1961-)

2013- Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario (Canada)
Minister of Education 2006-10, of Transportation, 2010-11 and of Municipal Affairs, Housing and Aboriginal Affairs 2011-12. Defeated Sandra Pupatello, who was considered the frontrunner, to become Leader of the Liberal Party and Premier. Wnnne lives with her partner Jane Routhwaite (b. 1953-)

2013- Acting Chairperson Liu Hui, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (China)

Deputy Chairperson 2003-13. She is also Deputy Chair of the local Communist Party. (b. 1959-)

2013 Regional Minister Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Volta Region (Ghana)
2013- Regional Minister for the Eastern Region
As Regional Minister is was member of the national cabinet and in charge of the regional government.

2013 Acting Premier Sylvia Lucas, Northern Cape (South Africa)
2013- Premier
Exeutive Councillor of Environment until 2013 she succeeded Hazel Jenkins who suffered a stroke in 2012. Also in the running for the post were Acting Premier Grizelda Cjiekella and national Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson

2013- President Debora Serracchiani, Regione de Friuli-Venezia Giulia  (Italy)
Former Provincial Councillor in Udine and Member of the European Parliament 2009-13. (b. 1970-)

2013- President of du Conseil Territorial Aline Hanson, Saint Martin  (French External Territory)
Vice-President 2012-13

2013- Frau Landammann Marianne Koller-Bohl, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden (Switzerland)
Government Councillor and Director of Economy and Agriculture from 2005, 2011-12 Deputy Chief of Government (Landammann-Stellvertreterin) and elected in by the population of the Kanton after her predecessor resigned.

2013-14 Lanammann Yvonne von Deschwanden, Nidwalden (Switzerland)
President of the Landrat 2005-06 and Government Councillor for Social Affairs and Health and Deputy Director of Housing and Bulidling since 2010 and Landesstatthalterin 2012-13.


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