Woman Local Premiers from 2010

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership



from 2010

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

2010 and 2015 Acting First Minister Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
2016- First Minister

UUP Assembly Member until 2004, when she jointed the Ulster Unionists, of which she became Leader in 2015. Minister of Environment 2007-08 and Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment 2008-15 and Minister of Finance 2015-16.. Temporarily in charge of the government on occations when the First Minister stepped aside. (b. 1970-).

2010-14 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.

2010-16 Chairperson of the Government Galina I. Danchikova, Sakha (Yakutia) (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.

2010-14 Premier Thandi Modise, North West (South Africa)
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces from 2014.

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-).

2011-14 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 Treasure 2010-14. (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 and 2014-15. Also Substitute Councillor of Justice and Interior.

2011-14 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 Congress 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-)

2011-15 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. Minister of Defence from 2016. She is divorced and single mother. (b. 1965-).

2011-15 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 2011-15. (b. 1950-).

2011-15 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 Gisèle 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 Councillor 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-)

2011-14 Premier Alison Redford, Alberta (Canada)
MLA and Minister of Justice 2008-11. Leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party from 2011. (b. 1965-)

2012 and 2017 President of Government Barbara Janom Steiner, Graubünden (Switzerland)

Councillor of Justice, Security and Health from 2008 and Vice-President of the Government in 2011 and 2016. (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 and 2016 Landammann Susanne Hochuli, Aargau (Switzerland)
Former Co-President of the Green Party in the Canton. Councillor of Social Affairs and Health 2009-16 and Frau Landstatthalter 2011-12 and 2015-16.

2012-13 and 2016-17 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 and 2015-16.

2012-13 and 2016-17 President of the Government Monika Knill-Kradolfer, Thurgau (Switzerland)
Councillor of Education and Culture  since 2008 and Vice-President of the Government 2011-12 and 2015-16. (b. 1972-)


2012 Acting Premier Louisa Mabe, North West Province(South Africa)
Former Minister of Finance and Minister of Education and Training 2012-13, she was appointed during the sick leave of Thandi Modise.

2012-14 Premier Pauline Marois, Québec (Candada)

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 2007-14 and Opposition Leader 2008-12. (b. 1949-).

2012-16 President of the Executive Council Sarah Leo, the Nunatsiavut Autonomous Area in Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada)
Her short title is President of Nunatsiavut. She is former AngajukKak for the Nain Inuit Community Government and Vice-President (North) on the Combined Councils of Labrador.

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

2012-14 President of the Government Cynthia Ligeard, Province du Sud (Nouvelles Caledonie, French External Territory)
Vice-President 2011-12 and President of the government of of the New Caledonia from 2014.

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. Vice-President of the Bundesrat 2015-16 and 217-18 and President 2016-17. 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 of Ontario with its circa 13 million inhabitants, and the following year she became the first lesbian to be elected head of provincial government. She lives with her partner Jane Routhwaite (b. 1953-)

2013-16 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
Executive 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

2013-15 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 Landammann 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 Building since 2010 and Landesstatthalterin 2012-13.

2013 President of the Government Susana Díaz Pacheco, Andalucía (Spain)
National MP 2004-08, Andalucian MP from 2008, Senator 2011-12, Councillor of the Presidency and Equalty 2012-13 and held leading positions within the local PSOE. (1974-)

2013 Acting President of the Regional Council Emmanuèle Jeandet-Mengual, Haute-Normandie (France)
1. Vice-President of the Regional Council charged with Culture and Deputy Mayor of Rouen.

2013 Acting Prime Minister Irina Maryash, Kabardino-Balkariya (Russia)

2014-16 Anandiben Patel, Gujarat (India)
Elected Union MP for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1994, Minister of State in Gujarat in 1997, Minister of Education, Higher and Technical Education, Women and Child Welfare, Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities 1998-2007 and  Minister of Road and Building, Revenue, Urban development and Urban Housing, Disaster Management and Capital Projects 2007-14. (b. 1941-)

2014-16 Landammann Heidi Z'graggen, Uri (Switzerland)
Director of Justice since 2004 and Landesstatthalter 2012-14. (b. 1966-)

2014- First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Vice-Convener of the Scottish National Party, 1999-2004, Deputy Leader of SNP 2004-14, Leader of the Party in the Scottish Parliament 2004-07 and Party Leader from 2014, Deputy First Minister 2007-14, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and 2012-14 Cabinet Secretary of Infrastructure, Investment and Cities 2007-12. (b. 1970-)

2015-  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland (Australia)
Minister for Disabilites 2009-11, Minister for Multicultural Affairs 2009-12, Minister for Transport 2011-12, Leader of Labour from 2012 and Opposition Leader 2012-15. The Deputy Premier is Jackie Trad. (b. 1969-)

2015- Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta (Canada)

MLA from 2003 and Leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party from 2014. (b. 1961-).

2015-16 President of the Government Monika Maire-Hefti, Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Councillor of Education, Culture and Sports in 2013 and Councillor of the Department of Education and Family from 2013.

2015- President of the Government Francina Armengol, Islas Baleares (Spain)
President of the Island Council of Majorca 2007-11. Leader of the local PSOE from 2012 (b. 1971-)

2015- President of the Government Cristina Cifuentes Cuencas, Madrid (Spain)
Member of the Assembly of Madrid 1991-2012 and Government-Delegate of the Community of Madrid 2012-15 (b. 1964-)

2015- President of the Government Uxue Barkos Berruezo, Navarra (Spain)
Former City Councillor of Pamplona, Member of the Cortes General 2004-15 and the Parliament of Navarra from 2015. Leader of the Nationalist Party Geroa Bai from 2011. (b. 1964-)

2015- President Valérie Pécresse, Region of Île de France (France)

Also MP from 2002, Minister of Research and Higher Education 2002-07 and Minister of Budget, Public Assets, State Reform and Spokesperson of the Government 2011-12. (b. 1967-).

2016 President of the Government Marie Garnier, Fribourg (Switzerland)
Councillor of Agriculture and Forests from 2012 and Vice-President of the Government in 2015

2016- President Carole Delga, Region of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées (France)
2014-15 Secretary of State of Economy, Industry and IT Affairs charged with Artisans, Commerce Consumer Affairs and Social and Solidaric Economy. 2016-
She was 1. Deputy Chair of the Government.

2016- Acing Chairperson of the Government Larisa Maksimova, Republic Komi (Russia)

She was 1. Deputy Chair of the Government.

2016- Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htway Myint, Kayin State (Myanmar)
Elected NLD MP in 1990 and 2012. Political Prisoner twice. (b. 1954-).

2016- Chief Minister Dr. Lei Lei Maw, Tenasserim (Myanmar)

2016- Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir (India)

Leader of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party in the Lok Sabha 2014-16 and Party Leader from 2016. (b. 1959-).

2016-17 President of Government Beatrice Simon (Switzerland)

Councillor of Finance and Vice-President 2015-16.

2016- Acting Chair of the Government Bu Xiaolin, Nei Mongol Autonomous Region (China)
Vice-Chair of the Government of Inner Mongolia from 2008. Her father, Buhe, was Chair of the Government 1982-93 and her grandfater Ulanhu 1947-66 and later Vice-President of China. She is the second female Chair of Government of the region. (b. 1958)

2016- Acting Chair of the Government Xian Hui, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (China)
Vice-Govenor of Gansu 2007-2016. In Ningxia she succeeded another woman, Liu Hui. (b. 1958-)

2016- Acting Prime Minister Natalya Shirokova, Republic of Adygeya (Russia)
Vice-Premier for a number of years

2017-19 Landammann Manuela Weichelt-Picard, Zug (Switzerland)
Councillor of Government and Director of Interior from 2007and Statthalterin 2015-17.

2017 President of the Government Nathalie Barthoulot, Jura (Switzerland)
Vice-President 2005-06 and President 2007 of the Parlement, Councillor of Interior from 2007 and Vice-President of the Government 2016.

2017-18 President of the Government Elisabeth Ackermann, Basel-Stadt
Elected Co-President of the Cantonal Green Party in 2012, Vice-President in 2014 and President in 2015 of the Grossen Rat and Councillor of the Presidential Office from 2016.

2017 Designate Chief Minister V. K. Sasikala, Tamil Naidu (India)
Party official and close aide of the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa since the 1980s. Became General Secretary of AIADMK in 2016 and Party Leader in the state in 2017, but was barred from taking office after being convicted of corruption.. She is also known as Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala or Sasikala Natarajan. Her parents are Vivekanandan and Krishnaveni and her husband M. Natarajan. (b. 1957-)

Last update 17.02.17




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