Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
República de Venezuela
(Female suffrage 1946) Independent 1811 from Spain

Thanks to Eglée Iturbe de Blanco for supplying corrections and additional information to the lists.

Also see Venezuela Parliaments, Venezuela Local Leaders and Venezuela Parties

1969 Minister of Development Aura Celina Casanova
Later President of the National Industrial Bank.

1969-74 Minister of development Haydée Castillo de López Acosta
First Vice-President of the Senate 1997-98.

1974 Minister of State for Popular Promotion Adela de Calvani

1979-82 Minister of State of Women's Participation in Development, Cabinet Member
1993-99 Minister of Family Affairs Mercedes Pulido de Briceño
In 1985-1987 Assistant Secretary General of the UN, Co-ordinator for the Improvement of the Status of Women.

1981-circa 82 Minister of Agriculture Nadia Villegas de Rodriguez

1981-circa 82 Minister of Urban Development Dra. Ing. María Cristina Maldonaldo de Campos

1981-85 Minister of Planning and Development Maritza Izaguirre Porras
1983 Minister of Coordination 
1998-99 Minister of National Public Finance
Between 1982-83 Venezuelan Governor in the World Bank. (b. 1939-)

1981-? Minister of State of Relations with Congress in President's Office Leonora Mirabel

1981-circa 82 Minister of Urban Development Dra. Ing. María Cristina Maldonaldo de Campos

1981-85 Minister of Planning and Coordination Maritza Izaguirre Porras
1998-99 Minister of National Public Finance
Between 1982-83 Venezuelan Governor in the IDB.(b. 1939-)

1981-... Minister of State of Relations with Congress in President's Office Leonora Mirabel

1981-84 Minister of Women's Affairs Milena Sardi de Selle
1984-86 Minister of Youth

1983-84 Minister of Youth Dra. Virginia Olivo de Celli
1984 Minister of the Family
1986-88 Minister of Youth

1984-85 Minister of Education Dra. Ruth Lerner de Almeda

1984-88 Minister of Family. Dra. Virginia Olivo de Celli


1984-88 Minister of Education Dra. Ruth Lerner de Almeda

1986-88 Minister of State of the National Council of Culture Dra. Paulina Gamus

1986-88 Comptroller General Zoraide García Vara

1987-88 Minister of Education. Laura Gurfinkel

1988-89 Vice-Minister of Finance Eglée Iturbe de Blanco
1989-90 Minister of Finance 
She was first Vice-Minister in the administration of Jaime Lusinchi. 1990-92 Principal Director PDVSA. 1er female in PDVSA Board of Director

1989-90 Minister Family Senta Essenfeld

1989-90 Minister of Agriculture Fanny Bello

1989 Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Marisela Padrón Quero
1989-92 Minister of Family Affairs

1989-92 Minister of Science and Technology Dra. Dulce Arnado de Uzcátegui de Mantilla
1992-? Minister of State of Science and Technology

1989 Minister of Family Affairs Dra. Teresa Albänez Barnola
1992-94 Minister of Family Affairs

1989-90 Minister of Women's Affairs Aura Loreto de Rangel

1989-91 Vice-Minister of  External Relations Rosario Orellana
1991-93 Vice-Minister of the Presidency of the Republic

1989-90 Deputy Minister in the Secretariat of the President Beatrice Rangel Mantilla
1990-92 Minister in the Secretariat of the President
(1Minister of Presidential Affairs)

1990-92 Minister of Development Dra. Imelda Cisnero Alzuru de Perez
She had been General Director in the Ministry 1989 and has been Director in the Banco Central de Venezuela since 1992.

1991-93 Minister of State for the Promotion of Women in the President's Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning and Promotion Dra. Evangelina Garcia Prince

1991-93 Minister of State for the Promotion of Women in the President's Office and Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning and Promotion Dra. Evangelina Garcia Prince

1992-93 Vice-Minister of Development Laura Rojas

1992 Vice-Minister of Planning and Coordination María Elena Corrales

1993-94 Minister of Education Dra. Elizabeth Yabour de Caldera

1993 Minister of Information Rosana Ordoñes

1993-99 Minister of Youth Maria del Pilar (Pilarica) Iribarren de Romero

Circa 1993-99 Cabinet Member and President of the National Council of Women María Bello de Guzmán

Circa 1993-99 Minister of State of Information Fernanda Engaña

1997-99 Minister of Labour María Bernadoni de Govea

1998-2000 Minister of Energy Dolores Dobarro de Torres

1999-2000 Minister of Information Carmen Ramira

1999 Minister of Environment and Renewal Natural Resources Ing. Atalá Allyana Uriane Pocaterra

1999-2000 Vice-Minister of Health Ana Elisa Osorio Granados
2000-05 Minister of Environment and Renewal Resources 
Former Ambassador to Argentina

1999-2002 Vice-Minister of Family Affairs Yolanda Rojas Urbina

1999-2002 Minister of Tourism in Ministry of Production and Commerce Maria Eugenia Loriente Esclapes

2000-02 Executive Vice-President Adina Mercedes Bastidas Castillo
2002 Minister of Productivity and Commerce
Director Interamerican Development Bank, IDB 1999-2000.

2000-02 Minister of Productivity, Industry and Commerce Lusia Ramero Bermúdez

2000-2002 Minister of Labour Blancanieves Portocarrero

2000-02 Attorney General Marisol Plaza Irigoyen

2000-02 Vice-Minister of Communication Lic. Xiomara Villasmil

2000-02 Vice-Minister of Labour Edmée Betancourt de Garcia
2005-06 Minister of Light Industry and Commerce

2000-02 Vice-Minister of Higher Education Maria Egilda (Gilda) Castellanos de Sjöstrand

2000-02 Vice-Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Maryann Hanson

2001-02 and 2003-04 Minister of Health and Social Development Maria Lourdes Urbaneja

2001-02 Vice-Minister in the Secretariat of the Presidency Teresa Maniglia

2001-02 Vice-Minister in the Secretariat of the Presidency Marisol Escalona

2001-02 Vice-Minister of Sport in the Ministry of Education J. Terán

2002-05 and 2009- Minister of Labour Maria Cristina Iglesias

2002-07 Minister of Science and Technology Marlene Yadira Córdova

2003-? Vice-Minister of Labour Relations Luz Stella Arango

2005-07 Minister of Environment and the Natural Resources Jacqueline Faría Pineda
Head of the newly created Distrito Capital (Caracas) from 2009.

Until 2006 Vice-Minister of Production Érika del Valle Farías Peña
2006-07 Minister of Foods
2007-08 Minister of the Office of the Presidency
2008-12 Minister of Communes and Social Participation
2016-17 Minister of Communes and Social Participation
2017- Minister of Urban Agriculture
Erika Farias was Governor of Cojedes 2012-16


2006 Minister of Presidential Affairs Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez
2006-10 Vice-Minister for Europan Affairs
2012-13 and 2014 Minister of Communication and Information
2014- Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs
2015 6th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for the Politics, Sovereignty of the State, Security and Peace
(b. 1970-)

2006-08 Minister of Light Industry and Commerce María Cristina Iglesias

2006-07 Vice-Minister of Food  Isis Ochoa Cañizales
2007-09 Vice-Minister of Presidential Relations
2009-10 Vice-Minister of Popular Participation
2010-13 and 2015- Minister of Municipalities
2010-13 Minister of Social Protection
2015-16 7th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for the Development of the Territorial Socialism

2005-06 Vice-Minister of External Affairs for Northern America María Pilar Hernández Domínguez

2005-? Vice-Minister of Planning and Instutional Development Zaida Y. Geant

2006 Vice-Minister of External Affairs for European Affairs
Jenny Figueredo Frías
Also known as Jenni, she was Deputy Chief of Mission to the Venezuelan Embassy to USA until she was expelled and declared "persona non grata".

2006 Vice-Minister of Internal Trade Estela Naveda

2007-13 Minister of Environment and the Natural Resources Yubirí Ortega de Carrizalez

2008-13 Minister of Sports Victoria Márquez

2008-10 Minister of Housing and Habitation Edith Brunela Gómez

2008-10 Minister for Women's Affairs María León

2008-09 Minister of Science and Technology Nuris Orihuela Guevara
2009-
13 Minister of Light Industry and Commerce

2008-
13 Minister of Telecommunication Socorro Hernandez

2008-13 Minister of Indigines Peoples Nicia Maldonaldo

2008-09 Minister of Tourism Olga Azuaje

2009-10 Minister of Communications and Information Blanca Eekhout
2016- Minister of Equality and Gender

2009-10 Minister of Sports Victoria Mata

2010 Minister of Communications and Information Tania Díaz

2010-12 Minister of the Presidency María Isabela Godoy

2010-11 Minister of Education Jennifer Gil Laya
Former Vice-Minister of Education

2010-13 Minister of Equality and Gender Affairs Nancy Pérez Sierra

2011-15 Minister of Education Maryann del Carmen Hanson Flores

2012-13 Minister of Presidential Affairs Carmen Teresa Meléndez Rivas
2013-14 Minister of Defence
2014-17 Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace
2017- 2. Vice-President of Politics and Sovereignty of the State
The countrys first female Admiral (Almiranta) and in 2012, her title  Minister of Popular Power for the Office of the Presidency (chief of staff) and Follow Up for Presidential Governance. (b. 1961-)

2013-16 Minister of Prisons Iris Varelanciario

2013-15 Minister of Health Isabel Iturria

2013-16 and 2017- Minister of Indigenous Peoples Aloha Núñez

2013-16 Minister of Sports Alejandra Benítez
Won several Olympic Gold Medals in womens fencing

2013-16 Minister of State of Women's Affairs and Gender Equality Andreína Tarazón

2014-16 Vice-Minister of Education
2016-17 Minister of Indigenous Peoples Clara Josefina Vidal

2015-16 5th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for Social Development and Revolution of the Missions
2016- Minister of Women and Gender Equality Gladys del Valle Requena

2015-16 Minister of Communes and Social Protection Rosangela Orozco

2014-16 Minister of Commerce Isabel Cristina Delgado Arria

2015- Minister of Tourism Marleny Contreras Hernández

2016-17 8th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Misions and Grand Socialist Missions Minister of Health Luisana Mello

2016- Minister of the Penal Service María Iris Varela Rangel

2016
Minister of Urban and Rural Agriculture Emma Ortega

2016-17 Minister of Urban Agriculture Lorena Freitez

2017- Minister of Health Antonieta Caporale



 

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