Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership


The main UN organizations are in New York, Génève and Vienna
See also UN Vice-Ambassadors and
Representatives to Leauge of Nations

1924 Permanent Delegate to the League of Nations Elena Vararesco, Romania

Elena Văcărescu held the rank of Ambassador and acted as Substitute Delegate in 1922-1924, a Delegate in 1925-26, and a Substitute Delegate again 1926-38. A poet and author of novels, she was a member of the Gheorghe Tătărescu-headed Romanian delegation to the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War II. She lived (1864-1947).

1950-52 Ana Figueroa Gajardo, Chile

Delegate to the United Nations with rang of Minister Plenipotentiary, delegate to the Commission of Human Rights 1950-52 and President of the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Commission. Member of the Security Council in 1952.

1950-71 Minerva Bernardino, The Dominican Republic
1971-76 Ambassador to The Netherlands. She lived (1907-98)

1958-64 Agda Rössel, Sweden
Sometime member of the Security Council. She was ambassador to Bulgaria and Yugoslavia 1964-69, Czechoslovakia 1969-73 and Greece 1973-76. She lived (1910-2001)

1972-76 Jeanne Martin-Cisse, Guinea
In 1972 she was President of the Security Council (November-December), 1964-71 Deputy President of Assemblée Nationale and 1976-84 Minister of Social Affairs in Guinea. (b. 1926-)

1974 Princess Elizabeth Rukidi Nyabongo of Toro, Uganda

Also known as Elizabeth Bagaya, she was Ambassador-at-Large 1971-1973, to Egypt and Ethiopia1973-74, Minister of Foreign Affairs 1974, Spokesperson for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in Europe 1980-86, Ambassador to USA 1986-88. In 1989 she refused to be transferred to France. When her brother was reinstalled as king Patric Olimmi Kaboyo II in 1993, she officially took the office of Batebe, chief advisor, which she had been installed to in 1966. When died in 1995 she became one of the guardians for hisson Iguru IV (b. 1993-). Ambassador to Germany 2006-08 and The Vatican 2006-07 and to Nigeria from 2008. She is daughter of King Sir George David Kamurasi Rukidi III of Toro (1927-65) and was married to Prince Wilbur Nyabongo, who died in an aeroplane crash in 1986. (b. 1936-).

1975-77 Angie Brook-Randolph, Liberia
Assistant Secretary of State of Liberia 1956-73, Delegate to the UN from 1955, 1956 Vice-Chairperson and 1961 chairperson of the Committee of Trust and Non-self Government Territories, 1961 Vice-President of the Committee on Information on Non-Self-government Territories, 1962 Chairperson on the Commission for Ruanda-Urundi, 1965 Vice-President, 1966 President of the Trusteeship Council and 1969-70 President of the United Nation's General Assembly and Judge in the Supreme Court from 1977. She lived (1928-2007)

Circa 1976 Marie-Jo McIntyre, Grenada
Concurrently Ambassador to Canada. Her country's first female ambassador.

1977-79 Dr.  Gwendoline C. Konie, Zambia
Ambassador to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland 1974-77 and to Belgium, European Union and Germany 1992-99/2000. Also former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and of the Cabinet Office. In 2000 she founded the Social Democratic Party and in the following year she announced her candidacy for the presidency.

1980-87 Giovinella Gonthier, Seychelles
1987-89 Ambassador to the European Union, France and USA. 1989 she moved to USA. (b. 1953-).

1981-85 Hanna Abedou Bowen Jones, Liberia
1975-78 Minister of Post, 1977-78 Minister of Communication, 1978-81 Minister of Health and Social Security and 1983-84 Vice-President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

1981-88 Edmonde Dever, Belgium
She was UN Deputy Representative 1966-69 and Ambassador to Sweden and Austria 1978-81. (b. 1920-)

1981-85 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, United States of America
Jeanne Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick was also member of the Cabinet Member. She was in question as vice-Presidential running-mate for Bush 1988, and later Professor in International Relations at Georgetown University. She lived (1926-2006)

1982-83 Biyémi Kekeh, Togo
1978-81 Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women and 1981-82 Ambassador to Cuba.

1982-85 Simone Mairie, Cameroon
Director in the Foreign Ministry 1968-82 followed by various diplomatic postings. (1939-).

1982-88 Francesca Pometta, Switzerland (Observer)
Later Ambassador to Italy etc. From around 1997 Chairperson of the Holocaust Victims' Foundation. 

1986-88 Nora Astorga Gadia, Nicaragua
A leading commander in the civil war she was  Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 1984-86. Also ambassador to USA 1986-88, but her credentials was never accepted. Died of cancer, lived (1944-88)

1986-90 Dame Nita Barrow, Barbados

Head of national and international nurse-organizations before becoming Ambassador to the UN, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Governor-General of Barbados 1990-95 and lived (1916-95).

1986-96 Margaret E. McDonald, Bahamas

1980-86 Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service of Bahamas. Also Ambassador to USA

1986-91(Acting) Robin Mauala, Samoa
She was First Secretary 1978-1985 and Charge d'Affaires 1986-1991  of the Permanent Representation, and later worked with the UN with the UNOMSA mission to South Africa helping with the first democratic elections there (1992-94). (d. 1999).

1988-92 Dr. Marjorie R. Thorpe, Trinidad and Tobago
Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) 1992-995. Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and Coordinator of the United Nations System Operational Activities for the same area 1995-1999 and member of a number of commissoins and panels. In 2001 she was the nominee of the United National Congress for the post of Speaker of the Parliament, but a man was elected.

1989-91 Ursula H. Barrow, Belize
1993-98 Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Vatican and the European Union. 1994 she married Viscount Waverly of West Dean, and had her only child, Hon. Forbes Anderson, two years later. (b. 1955-).

1989-90 Dame Margaret Hercus, New Zealand
1984-87 Minister of Social- and Women's Affairs. 1998-99 UN Representative to Cyprus, since 1999 Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General. (b. 1944-)

1989-96 Chan Heng Chee, Singapore
Concurrently Ambassador to Canada and Mexico and appointed Ambassador to USA in 1996. 

1990-2002 Claudia Fritsche, Liectenstein
1980-87 a number of diplomatic postings and secretary to the Parliamentary Delegation to the Council of Europe and EFTA. 1987-89 1st. Secretary in Germany, 1989-90 1st. Secretary in Austria. Ambassador to USA since 2000. She is both the first UN Ambassador since Liechtenstein joined the UN and the country's first female ambassador. (b. 1952-)

1992-98 Annette des Iles, Trinidad and Tobago
1980-85, 1985 Ambassador to Ecuador Resident in Venezuela, 1985-86 and 1986-89 Permanent Secretary of External Affairs and -Trade and 1989-92 of Youth, Sports and Culture. Concurrently with her posting to the UN she was also Ambassador to Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. 1994-97 Chairperson of the The Alliance of Small Island States. Appointed Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister and Head of the Public Service in 2000.

1992-95 Louise Frechette, Canada
Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay 1985-92, Deputy Minister of Defence, 1995-98, First Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations 1998-2006. (b. 1946-)

1992-95 Dr. Lucille Mathurin Mair, Jamaica
1975-78 Ambassador to Cuba (As the first Woman), circa 1976-81 Ambassador to USA and Canada, 1981-86 Assistant Secretary General of the UN Decade for Women,1989-92 Minister of State of External Affairs (Senator). She lived (1924-2009).

1992-99 Akmaral Kh. Arystanbekova, Kazakstan

1987-89 Member of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and  1989-91 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Republic of Kazakstan,, 1992-99 also Ambassador to Cuba, 1994-95 Vice-President of the 49th Session of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador to France from 1999. (b. 1948-)

1992-95 Narcisa L. Escaler, Philippines
Career diplomat with a number of postings in various countries, Ambassador to UN in Géneve 1989-92 and Deputy Director of the International Organization for Migration Circa 1997-2000.

1993-97 Madeleine Korbel Albright, United States of America
Secretary of State 1997-2001. See Female Foreign Ministers for more details. (b. 1937-).

1993 (Acting) Janet Jagan, Guyana
Active in politics since the 1950s, in 1993 she was Ambassador-at-Large and Acting Permanent Representative to the UN. Her career culminated when she became Prime Minister in 1997 and was President 1997-99. See Presidents She lived (1919-2009)

Around 1993 Jean George, Trinidad and Tobago
Public servant and probably Deputy Permanent Representative.

1994-95 Dr. Lala-Shovket Gadjieva, Azerbaijan
1993-94 State Secretary in President's Office, she was appointed UN-ambassador but newer took up the position. Since circa 1998 chairperson of the Liberal Party (b. 1951-).

Circa 1994-99 (Acting) Dr. Sonia Leonce-Carryl, St. Lucia
Since 1999 Deputy Permanent Representative and Minister-Councillor, in 2004 she was Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of the UN General Assembly (The Minister of External Affairs of St. Lucia)

1995-2002 Migonette Patricia Durrant, Jamaica
Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1983-87, Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany,  Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Holy See 1987-92 and Director-General of Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade 1992-95. Member of the Security Council 2000-2001 and is President in November 2001 .

1995- Dr. Aksoltan Toreevna Ataeva, Turkmenistan
1985-88 Deputy Minister of Health, 1990-94 Minister of Health and 1994-95 Minister of Social Affairs. Appointed Ambassador to Cuba in 2008, to Brazil in 2011 and Venezuela in 2013.

1996-99 Zamira Eshmambetova, Kyrgyzstan
Afterwards United Nations Municipal Administrator in Kosovo

1997-2001 Dr. Penople Anne Wensley, Australia
Penny Wensley was Ambassador for the Environment 1992-95, Permanent Representative to UN in Génève and Ambassador of Disarmament 1993-95, Ambassador to India 2001-04, to Bhutan 2003-04, to France 2004-08 and Governor of Queensland from 2008. (b. 1946-).

1998-2000 Cristina Aguíar, Dominican Republic
Also a permanent delegate to the Sixth Committee (ECOSOC) on the status of women and also in the deliberations of the Third Committee (Social affairs and Human rights). She is also a law professor and lecturer throughout North America and Europe.

1998-2005 Marjatta Rasi, Finland
1987-91 Deputy Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to UN, Ambassador to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka 1991-94, Head of Finland's Development Agency 1994-98. President of the UN Economic and Social Council in 2004. (b. 1945-)

1998 Olga Keltšová, Slovakia
1990-1991 Vice-President of the Slovak National Council, 1992-94 and 1994-98 Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, from 1994  Vice-Chairperson of HZDS. She was in office as UN Representative from March to November (b. 1943-).

1999-2004 June Yvonne Clarke, Barbados
Ambassador to Canada 1996-99. 2002-03 she was Vice-President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

1999-2003 Madina B. Jarbussynova, Kazakstan
MP 1991-95 and a Diplomat afterwards. 1998-99 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Concurrently with her posting to the UN she is also Ambassador to Cuba. 2003 Vice-Chairperson of the General Assembly and Acting Chairperson 17.2-12.3 during the absence of the Chairman. Her surname is also spelled Jarbusynova. (b. 1954-)

1999-2001 Elmira S. Ibraimova, Kyrgyzstan

Leader of the parliamentary faction of Ak Zhol in 2007, Deputy Foreign Minister 2007-08 and Deputy Prime Minister 2008-09 and Coordinator of the Social Sector, Public Rlations and Media of the Provisorial Government from 2010. (b. 1962-).

1999-2000 Mahawa Bangoura Camara, Guinea
In 1995 Ambassador to USA and Foreign Minister 2000-02. See Female Foreign Ministers

1999-2001 Neh Rita Sangai Dukuly-Tolbert, Liberia
1977-81 Ambassador to France and UNESCO, 1978 also to Switzerland, Luxembourg and Spain. Worked for UNESCO and UNICEF 1981-96. Widow of former minister of Finance Stephen A. Tolbert. Ambassador to China from 2004

2000-05 Merle Pajula, Estonia
1993-95 2nd and 3rd Secretary for Press and Information in the Foreign Minister, 1995-98 2. Secretary at the Embassy to Finland and 1998-2000 Director General in the Foreign Ministry for Press and Information. (b. 1960-)

2001-07 Ellen Margrethe Løj, Denmark
Ambassador to Israel 1989-92, viceudenrigsråd and leader in the Foreign Ministry 1992-96, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1996-2001 (Her title was Udenrigsråd og Chef for Sydgruppen (Foreign Affairs Councillor and Head of the South Group) and she was Leader of the Department of Development Aid within the Foreign Ministry). 2004-07 Member of the Security Council and May 2005 and June 2006 it's chairperson. Ambassador to the Czech Republic 2007-08 and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Liberia as Chief of UNMI, the peace-keeping mission with 15.000 soldiers and policemen 2008-12. (b. 1948-).

2001-07 Margaret Hughes Ferrari, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Ferrari had been a full partner in the law firm of Hughes and Cummings since 1990. From 1967 to 1990, she was Secretary and Legal Executive at the same firm, and has held other public functions. Mother of three children. (b. 1948-).

2001-03 Luzéria Dos Santos Jaló, Guinea Bissau
1986-1995, she worked in several offices of her country's Ministry of Finance, including the Bureau of Studies, the Department of External Debt, the Department of Budget and Investment, the Revenue Department, and the General Inspection of Finance, 1999-2000 President of the Institute of Women and Children.

2002-03 Irma E. Klein-Loemban Tobing, Suriname
Began her career in 1958 with Suriname’s Ministry of Justice and eventually became Chief of the Legal Department. 1982-88 Chief of the Department of Juridical Affairs and Treaties of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1988 Counselor at the Embassy of Suriname in the Netherlands, since 1994 she worked at the Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations recently as Ambassador-at-large at the Permanent Mission. She has also been Member of Parliament and, since 1993, she has been a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Mother of two sons.

2003-06 Prof. Dr. Judith Mbula Bahemuka, Kenya
Chairperson of the Social and Human Sciences National Committee at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Commission. 1994-98, professor and Chairperson of the University’s Department of Sociology, and from 1998 Director of the University of Nairobi’s International Learning Centre. (b. 1942-).

2003-13 Dr. Paulette A. Bethel, Bahamas
1983-94 Deputy Chief of Mission, first at the Permanent Mission of the Bahamas to the United Nations in New York, and then at the Bahamian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the OAS in Washington, D.C. and later worked in a number of insurance companies.

2004-07 Laxanachantorn Laohaphan, Thailand

A diplomat from 1972, she was Ambassador to Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu 1994-2000. Worked in the Foreign Ministry 2002-03 and 2003-04 Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. (b. 1946-).

2004-06 Nabeela Abdulla Al-Mulla, Kuwait

From 1977 until 1994, she was a member of the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York, where she held several posts, the last being Deputy Permanent Representative, 1994-95 Ambassador to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius and Botswana and1996-99 Ambassador to South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius and Botswana, 1999-2004 Ambassador to Austria,  Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and Resident Representative to the United Nations Office at Vienna, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 2002-03 Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Appoined Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU in 2007.

2004-07 María de Fátima Lima Veiga, Capo Verde
Ambassador to Cuba 1999-2001 and Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs 2001-02 and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2002-04 and Ambassador to USA from 2007. (b. 1957-).

2004-10 Carmen María Gallardo Hernández, El Salvador
1992 and 1993 Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in Paris, in 1994 Ambassador to France and Portugal, 1995-96  Executive Director of the Foundation for Peace (FUNDAPAZ), 2002-04, Coordinator for International Cooperation of the Supreme Court of Justice. (b. 1949-).

2004-06 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. She was offered the post of Ambassador to France in 2006 but refused. Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010.

2004-07 Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, Grenada
Ruth Rouse was High Commissioner to United Kingdom from 1999 and thereafter Chief of Protocol to the Government of Grenada and in a Regional Capacity at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States High Commission in Ottawa Canadaand from 2004 also non-resident High Commissioner to South Africa and Nigeria.

2005-09 Kirsti Lintonen, Finland
1990-94 Ambassador to Namibia and Tanzania, 1996-2003 Understate Secretary of Foreign Affairs 2003-05, Ambassador to Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Swaziland and the Southern African Development Community. (b. 1945-).

2005-11 Tiina Intelmann, Estonia
Ambassador to OSCE 1999-2002, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs 2002-05 Ambassador to Israel and Montenegro in 2011 and was President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court 2011.14 before becoming Head of the EU Delegation in Liberia in 2014.

2005- Marlene Inemwin Moses, Nauru
A former diplomat she was Permanent Secretary for Internal Affairs 1999-2000 and Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services 2000-03. Deputy Permanent Representative 2003-05 and during that time, she also served as Acting Chief Secretary, and Public Service Commissioner and Secretary to the Cabinet.

2005-09 Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, Tonga
Also Ambassador to USA, Venezuela, Cuba and Canada. She has been a Civil servant from 1983, Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Deputy National Authorizing Officer 1991-2002, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and National Authorizing Officer 2002-05 and Deputy Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community from 2009. Her husband is Minister of Finance in Tonga. (b. 1959-).

2005 (Acting) Anne Woods Patterson, United States of America (January-August)
The US Vice-Ambassador and Deputy Representative in the Security Council 2004-05, she acted as Permanent Representative during a vacancy on the post. She was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs 1993-96, Ambassador to El Salvador 1997-2000 and to Colombia 2000-03, Deputy Inspector General 2004-05, and Assistant Secretary of State from 2005. (b. 1949-).

2005-09 Rosemary Banks, New Zealand
Deputy Secretary of the Foreign Ministry for Multilateral Affairs 2000-05 after various diplomatic postings and international posts.

2005-08 Mirjana Mladineo, Croatia
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 2000-03, Ambassador to the European Union 2003-05.

2005-08 Solveiga Silkalna, Latvia
Former Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the Council of Europe.

2006-10 Claudia Blum de Barberi, Colombia

Senator 1991-2006. As President of the Senate 2005-06 she was also President of the Congress of the Republic - the union of the upper and lower chamber, the Chamber of Representatives. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2006. (b. 1948-).

2006-10 Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana, African Union

1997-98 Minister of Scientific Research and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Madagascar 1998-2003 and her country's Ambassador to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Cape Verde and Côte d’Ivoire 2002-06 before becoming Permanent Observer of the AU. Also known as Ramatoa Ratsifandrihamanana Lia (b. 1959-).


2006-12 (Acting) Janine Elizabeth Coye-Felson, Belize

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative from 2005 and Chargé d'affaires a.i. from around 2005.

2007-09 Ismat Jahan, Bangladesh

Deputy Ambassador to India 2001-03, Ambassador to the Netherlands 2003-07. (b. 1960-).


2007-13 Byrganym Aitimova, Kazakhstan

MP 1990-93, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport 1993-96, Ambassador to Israel 1996-2002, Ambassador to Italy 2002-04, Minister of Education and Science 2004-07 and Deputy Prime Minister in 2004. (b. 1953-).

2007-12 Sanja Štiglic, Slovenia

Second and First Secretary to the United Nation's Mission 1997-2002 and Alternate Representative to the Security Council 1998 and 1999, Undersecretary of State and Head of the Minister’s Office 2003-04, Head of the Division for Relations with the countries of Western, Northern and Central Europe in Slovenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2005-06. As UN Ambassador she was Vice-President of the General Assembly 2009-10) and President of the Executive Board of UNICEF in 2011. Appointed Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs in 2016. (b. 1970-).

2007-12 Kanika Phommachanh, Laos

Appointed Permanent Representative designate on 29 August 2006, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1997, Minister Counsellor and Charge d’Affaires at UN 1991-97. (b. 1951-)

2007-13 Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Brazil

Diplomat and Director-General of the Department of Human Rights and Social Affairs and Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, working within various committees of the United Nations and President of the United Nations Security Council in February 2011. Ambassador to Germany from 2013. (b. 1954-).

2007-12 Ochir Enkhtsetseg, Mongolia

First Secretary and Minister Counseller to the United Nationions 1992-97, Director-General of the Multilateral Cooperation Department in the Foreign Ministry 2000-07.  (b. 1961-).

2007- Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, Nicaragua
Minister Counsellor to the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement 1981-86 and represented Nicaragua in the Security Council 1982-83. , Director-General of Foreign Policy for Asia, Africa and the Non-Aligned Countries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1986-90 and Director-General of the Governmental Promotion Agency in Managua until 2007. (b. 1948-).

2008-16 Joy Ogwu, Nigeria

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Foreign Affairs Institute through many years and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2006-07. Member of the Security Council in 2014. (b. 1946-).

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

2008-12 Susan Waffa-Ogoo, The Gambia
1994-95 Secretary of State of Information and Tourism, 1996 and 1997-2001 Secretary of State of Tourism and Culture, 2001-2004 Secretary of State of Fisheries and Natural Resources, 2004-06 Secretary of State of Tourism and Culture, Ambassador to India in 2008 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012.

2008-09 (Designate) Nadia Bishop, Grenada
A lawyer, she is daughter of late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, who owerthrew the government in 1979 and was executed in 1983. Initially she accepted her appointment but later withdrew and never actually took office.

2008-10 Gabriela Shalev, Israel
At the time of her appointment she was Rector of the Ono Academic College, Professor of International Law from 1986. Her appointment must still be approved by the parliament. (b. 1941-).

2008-15 Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Romania
Director of the Department for Public Communication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 and 2008 as well as Spokesperson of the Ministry in 1993 and 1999, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Romania 2000-04. Also worked as Senior Public Information Officer for OSCE in Kosovo and Senior Public Outreach Advisor to the Iraqi Government. Director of United Nations Office in Belgrade from 2015 ande Acting Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo in 2015. (b. 1959-)

2008-10 Marina Annette Valere, Trinidad and Tobago

Former Director in the Foreign Ministry, Acting Ambassador to Jamaica 1993-94 and was also Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States from 2008.

2008-09 María Fernanda Espinosa, Ecuador

Economist and Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2007 and  Minister-Coordinator of the National Heritage 2009-12 and Minister of Defence from 2012. (b. 1963-).

2008- Sylvie Lucas, Luxembourg

Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1995-2003, Ambassador to Portugal and Cape Verde 2003-04 and worked in the Foreign Ministry since then, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2009. Member of the Security Council in 2014. (b. 1965-).

2009-13 Susan Rice, United States of America
University lecturer, 1993-97 Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director of African Affairs, 1997-2001 Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and National Security Advicor from 2013. (b. 1964-).

2009-14 Yavel Francis Lanuza, Panama

Ambassador, Advisor and Permanent Representative at the World Trade Organisation in Géneve 2005-10.

2009-13 Dessima M. Williams, Grenada

Ambassador to the Organisation of American States 1979-83, Grenadan NGO-Representative at various United Nations General Assemblies and UN Summits. Associate Professor of Sociology.

2009-13 Anne Anderson, Ireland

Permanent Representative to the European Union 2001-05, Ambassador to France 2005-09 and to Monaco 2007-09.(b. 1952-)

2009-16 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. Appointed Foreign Mininister in

2009- Isabelle Picco, Monaco

Deputy Permanent Representative 1999-2009.

2010- Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, Honduras
Lizzy Flores was Congress Member for the Partido Liberal de Honduras and 2006-09 1. Vice-President of the Congreso Nacional . Took over as Acting President when the former President became Interim Head of State after the elected President was outed by a coup d'etat. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2010. Her father, Carlos Roberto Flores was President 1998-2002. (b. 1973-).

2010-16 Sofia Borges, Timor Leste

Former Councillor and Deputy UN Representative 2005-10. (b. 1970-)

2010 Márta Horváth Fekszi, Hungary

A long time diplomat, she was State Secretary of Foreign Affairs 2005-06, Senior State Secretary 2006-09 and Chief of Cabinet in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009. (b. 1954-).

2011-16 Edita Hrdá, The Czech Republic

Working in the diplomatc service since 1992
in several positions. Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Argentina and Paraguay in 1999-2003. (b. 1963-)

2011- Lyutha Al-Mughairy, Oman

Lyutha Sultan al-Mughairy previously worked at the UN before becoming Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, heading the department of the Secretary General in 2008. Sister of Hunaina Bin Sultan Bin Ahmed Al-Mughairy , Ambassador to USA from 2005, whose husband was previously UN Ambassador.

2011- Jane Jimmy Chigiyal, Federated States of Micronesia
The country´s first female Ambassador and former Deputy Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs (b. 1967-)

2012- Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Zambia
HIV Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth Adviser at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2008-2011 and before that she worked for the Zambian Ministry of Health. (b. 1969-) 

2012-16 María Cristina Perceval, Argentina
Senator 2001-09, Under-Secretary for Institutional Reform and Strengthening of Democracy in the Argentine Presidency 2009-10 and Under-Secretary for Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights 2010-12. Member of the Security Council in 2014.

2012- Raimonda Murmokaitė, Lithuania
Worked in the Foreign Ministry from 1994, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations 2004-08, Ambassador-at-large 2008-09, Director of the United Nations, International Organizations and Human Rights Department 2009-12. Member of the Security Council in 2014. (1959-)

2012-15 and 2016- Amatlain Elizabeth Kabua, Marshall Islands
Mayor of the Majuro Atoll Local Government 1986-1997, Ambassador to Japan 1997-2003 and to Fiji 2009-12. (b. 1953-)

2012- Lois Michele Young, Belize
Former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Social Security and held other positions before that. (b. 1951-)

2012- Marie-Louise Potter, Seychelles
MP from 1993 and Leader of Government Business in Parliament 2007-12 and concurrently Ambassador to the United States from 2012. (b. 1959-)

2012- Menissa Rambally, Saint Lucia
MP 1997-2006, Parliamentary Secretary of State of Civil Aviation and Financial Service and Tourism 1997-2000, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism 2000-01 and Minister of Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government 2001-06. (b. 1976-)

2013 (Acting) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, United States of America
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative since 2010. She is former Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and Director for United Nations Affairs at the National Security Council.

2013-17 Samantha Power, United States of America
Also Member of the US Cabinet. Senior White House Director for Multilateral Affairs 2009-13. (b. 1970)

2013- Inga Rhonda King, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Appointed Honorary Consul for Portugal in 2010 and Chair of Invest SVG, the investment promotion agency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2011-13.

2013- Karen Tan, Singapore
Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York 1997-99, Ambassador to Laos 2004-07, Ambassador to WTO 2004-07 and to India, Bhutan and Nepal 2011-13. (b. 1964-).

2013-16 Bénédicte Frankinet, Belgium
Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia 1999-2003, Director United Nations 2003-2008 and Ambassador to Israel 2008-2012. (b. 1951-).

2013- Makurita Baaro, Kiribati
Worked in the Foreign Ministry from 1982, Director of the Political and International Affairs Division within the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji 1996-2002, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002 and Relations Manager in the Australian-funded Kiribati Education Improvement Programme supporting the Ministry of Education 2011-15. (b. 1957-)

2013- Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates
Prior to her appointment she served in a number of capacities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others as Joint Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

2014-16 Dina Kawar, Jordan
Ambassador to France 2001-13. Member of the Security Council 2014-15 and appointed Ambassador to USA in 2016.

2014- Laura Elena Flores Herrera, Panama
Vice Minister for Foreign Trade 1998-1999, and Vice Minister for Trade and Industry in 1998. Assistant Representative to the United Nations Population Fund in Panama 2006-15 (b. 1968-).

2014- Kunzang Choden Namgye, Bhutan

Appointed af one of the two first female Ambassadors of the Kingdom. She worked in the Foreign Ministry since 1980 and was Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations 2011-15.

2014- Ambroisine Kpongo, Central African Republic
First Councillor to the Permanent Central African Republic to the United Nations in New York 1996-2011 and Delegate Minister of Foreign Affairs 2009-2011. (b. 1951-)

2014-  Nguyen Phuong Nga, Viet Nam
Worked iNguyễn Phương Nga held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before her appointment as Deputy Foreign Minister in 2011. (b. 1963-)

2015- Katalin Bogyay, Hungary
State Secretary of Education 2006-09, Ambassador to UNESCO 2009–2014 and the President of the 36th session of UNESCO General Conference 2011–13. (b. 1956-)

2015- Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan
Ambassador to the United States 1993–1996 and 1999–2002 and to United Kingdom 2003-2008

2015- María Emma Mejía, Colombia
Ambassador to Spain 1993-95, Minister of Education 1995-96, Minister of Foreign Affairs 1996-98, Vice-Presidential Candidate for the Liberal Party in 1998, Candidate for Mayor of Bogota in 2000, 2003 and 2007, Secretary General of Unasur 2011-12. (b. 1953-).

2015- Gillian Bird, Australia
Deputy Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2004-14 and Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations 2008-13. (b. 1957-).

2015- Catherine Boura, Greece
Consul General in New York 2004-2007, Director of European Affairs 2008-09, Chief of Protocol 2009-11 and Ambassador to Lebanon 2011-15,

2015- Elisenda Vives Balmaña, Andorra
Also Ambassador to USA. Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1998-2001, Ambassador to Italy and Morocco 2000-01, Head of Protocol and Administrative Affairs of the Conseil General 2001-15 and President of the Andorran National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2012-15

2015-  Lourdes Ortiz Yparraguirre, The Philippines
Worked in the Foreign Ministry from 1987, Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs 2008-10. Ambassador to Austria, Croatia, Slovenia Slovakia and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Office in Vienna 2010-15.

2015-  Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Ghana

Prior to her appointment she held positions in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for almost 30 years.

2016-  Besiana Kadare, Albania

Ambassador to UNESCO 2011-16 (b. 1972-).

2016-  Marie Chatardová, Czechia

Director of Diplomatic Protocol 2007-10, Ambassador to Sweden 2002-07 and Ambassador to France, Monaco, the Francophonie and UNESCO 2010-16. (b. 1963-).

2016-  Keisha A. McGuire, Grenada

A former lawyer in Miami. (b. 1982-).

2016-  Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Dominica

MP 2000-09, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education 2000-05, Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Private Sector Relations 2005-07 and Minister for Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information 2007-09. (b. 1966-).

2016-  Pennelope Beckles, Trinidad and Tobago
2001-02 Minister for Social Development, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs and Health and Minister in charge of policy planning and research development for the social sector, 2002-03 Minister of Culture and Tourism, 2003-07 Minister of Public Utilities and Environment, 2007-10 Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative and 2010-13 Leader of Opposition Business the Senate. (b. 1961-).

2016-  Sima Sami Bahous, Jordan
Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Social Development Sector at the League of Arab States 2008-12
, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Administrator and Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States 2012-16. (b. 1956-)

2016-  Mirgul Moldoisaeva, Kyrgyzstan

A civil servant in the Foreign Ministry. (b. 1979-).

2016-  Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus Pires, Timor-Leste

A civil servant and Government Adviser. (b. 1966-).

2016-  Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwanda

Former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Head of Delegation to the WTO and Ambassador to Switzerland and Minister of the East African Community 2014-16.

2017 (Acting) Michele J. Sison, USA

Ambassador to Lebanon 2008-10 and to Sri Lanka and the Maldives 2012-14, Deputy UN Ambassador from 2014. (b. 1959-)

2017- Nikki Haley, USA

Nimrata Randhawa Haley was Governor of South Carolina (b. 1972)

2017- Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Cuba

Worked in the Foreign Ministry before she was Ambassador to UN in Geneva 2013-17. (b. 1968-).

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