Woman Vice Premiers from 2010

Woman Vice Premiers from 2010

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership


This is a list of the women who have been deputy leaders of governments, some with and some without the title of Deputy Premier. Many have been acting Premier Ministers on various occasions. 

2010-14 Nellie Kroes, The European Union

Dutch Member of parliament for VVD  1971-77, State Secretary 1977-81 and Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management 1982-89, President of Nijmrode University 1991-2000 and member of a number of boards of major Dutch companies, Commissioner for Competition and Vice-President of the EU-Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda from 2010. (b. 1941-).

2010-14 Baroness Ashton of Upholland, The European Union

Catherine Ashton has been a Baroness from 1999, British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of  Education and Skills 2001-04, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Constitutional Affairs 2004-06 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2006-07, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council 2007-08, EU-Commissioner for Trade from 2008-10 and 1. Vice-President of the EU-Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policyfrom 2010. (b. 1956-).

2010-14 Viviane Reding, The European Union

Member of the Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies og Luxembourg 1989-99, Vice-President of the conservative, CSV, Commissioner for Education and Culture 1999-2004, Commissioner for the Information Society and Media 2004-10 and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 2001-09 (b. 1951-).

2010-11 Penda Diallo, Guinea

A trade unionist she was appointed Minister of State for Public Service, Administrative Reform, Labor and Employment in the interim country.

2010-12 Kim Rak Hui, North Korea

Former Vice Department Director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chief Secretary the South Hwanghae Provincial Committee of the WPK 2005-10. She lived (1933-2013).

2010-circa 2012 Han Kwang Bok, North Korea

Vice-Minister of Machine-Building Industry until 2009 and Minister of Electronics Industry 2009-12 and a director in the central committee of the WPK from 2012. (b. 1946-).

2010-12 Awa Ndiaye, Senegal

2007-09 Minister of Family, Female Entrepreneurship and Microcredits and 2010-12 Minister of State, Minister of Gender and Relations with Foreign and African Women's Assocciations

2010-12 Innocence Ntap, Senegal

2007-09 Minister of Civil Service, Labour and the Professional Organisations and 2010-12 Minister of State, Minister of Labour and Professional Organisations.

2010- Eka Tkeshelashvili, Georgia

2004-05 Deputy Minister of Justice, 2005-06 Deputy Minister of Interior, 2006-07 Chairperson of the Tbilisi Court of Appeal, 2007-08 Minister of Justice and State Procecutor in 2008 and Foreign Minister in 2008. (b. 1977-).

2010-15 Girlyn Miguel, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

2001-03 Minister of Social Development, Family, Gender and Ecclesiastical Affairs, 2003-05 Minister Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, 2005-15 Minister of Education and appointed Deputy Prime Minister in 2010

2011-14 Edita Tahiri, Kosovo

As Deputy Minister she was responsible for foreign relations and head of the delegation the dialogue on practical issues with the Republic of Serbia. Minister without Portfolio

2011-13 Mimoza Kusari Lila, Kosovo

Also Minister for Trade and Industry and, according to some reports, candidate for Prime Minister in 2011.

2011-12 Verica Kalanović, Serbia

2007-08 State Secretary of Economy and Regional Development 2008-11 Minister for the National Investment Plan and Vice-President of the Government.

2011-16 Cristina Fontes Lima, Cape Vede

Maria Cristina Lopes Almeida Fontes Lima was Minister of Justice 2001-06, Minister of Local Administration 2001-02, Minister of Interior 2002-04, Minister Adjunct to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesperson 2004-06, also Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers 2006-08, Minister of Defence and State Reform 2006-11 and also Minister of Health from 2011. (b. 1958-).

2011-13 Marjory LeBreton, Canada (Third in the Cabinet)

Conservative Senator from 1993 and Opposition Whip in the Senate 2004-06, Leader of the Government in the Senate 2006-13 and Minister of State responsible for Seniors 2008-11  (b. 1940-).

2011-14 Jutta Urpilainen, Finland

Also Minister of Finance. Chairperson of the Social Democrats 2008-14, (b. 1975-)

2011-13 Karolina Peake, The Czech Republic

Lawyer, member of the Chamber of Deputies since 2010 and Chairperson of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, also Deputy Chair of the Public Affairs Party, VV, founding chairperson of LIDEM – Liberal Democrats 2012-13, and Minister of Defence in 2012. (b. 1975-)

2011-14 Margrethe Vestager, Denmark
1. Vice-Premier and also Minister of Economic Affairs and Interior from 2011. 1993-97 Party Chairperson, Deputy Group Chairperson 2001-07 and Group Chairperson and Party Leader of the Social Liberals 2007-14. Minister of Education 1998-2001 and  Minister of Church Affairs 1998-2000. Named Danish Designate EU-Commissioner for Competition in 2014. (b. 1968-)

2011-13 Teuta Arifi, Macedonia
Vice-Prime Minister charged with European Integration. MP from 2008 and Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee and became Mayor of Tetovo in 2013. (b. 1969-)

2011-15 Annika Olsen, Faero Islands (Danish External Territory)

Member of the City Council of Tórshavn 2004-08 and MP for Fólkaflokkurin from 2008, Minister of Interior 2008-11 and Deputy Premier and Minister of Social Affairs 2011-15. Mother of 2 (b. 1975-).

2011- Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Spain

She is 1. Vice-President of the Government, Minister of the Presidency and Government Spokesperson. Former Spokesperson of Partido Popular in the Congress. (b. 1971-)

2011-16 Milanka Opačić, Croatia

She is Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Social Welfare and Youth. Also Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia and MP from 1992. (b. 1962-)

2011-12 Gulnara Asymbekova, Kyrgyzstan

MP and Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues.

2011- Elmira Irkinovna Basitkhanova, Uzbekistan
She is Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Women's Committee

2012-14 Raisa Vasylivna Bohatyryova, Ukraine

People’s Deputy 1990–1994, Minister of Health 1999-2000 and since 2012, Presidential Advisor 2000, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada since 2000 and Leader of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction 2002–2007, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council 2007-2012. (b. 1953-).

2012 Natalya Petrovna Rusanova, Transnistria (Self declared Republic in Moldova)
2007-12 First Deputy Minister of Industry and 1. Deputy Prime Ministe in 2012.

2012 Natalia Grigorevna Nikiforova, Transnistria (Self declared Republic in Moldova)
Minister of Education in 2012 and later in the year appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Social Policy

2012-15 Maya Ivanovna Parnas, Transnistria (Self declared Republic in Moldova)
She was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development and Finance. Acting Prime Minister in 2015.

2012-15 Nina Shtansky, Transnistria (Self declared Republic in Moldova)
Presidential Special Representative for the Transnistria Negotiating Process in 2012, Foreign Minister and Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary 2012-15. Resigned when she married President Evgeny Shevchuk in 2015. (b. 1978-)

2012- Olga Golodets, Russia
She is Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Social Issues. Deputy Director for Personnel at the Norilsk Nickel company 1999-2008, Deputy Mayor of Moscow 20010-12

2012- Carrie Lam, Hong Kong
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs 2006-07 and Secretary of Development 2007-12. As Chief Secretary for Administration she the second in command of the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. (b. 1957-)

2012-13 Suzana Grubješić, Serbia
She is Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Integration.

2012-14 Annette Lilja Vilhelmsen, Denmark
She was Second Deputy Premier and was Minister of Business Affairs and Growth 2012-13 and Minister of Social Affairs and Integration 2013-14. 2001-11 Member of the Municipal Council and among others 2. Deputy Mayor of Kerteminde Byråd and MP 2011-15. (b. 1959-).

2012-14 Kamila Abdyrazakovna Talieva, Kyrgyzstan
She was Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs
until she was appointed Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism in 2014. She was Deputy Governor of the Jalal-Abad Region 2005-2008. (b. 1967-).

2012-13 Aminata Touré, Senegal (Third in the Cabinet)
Also Minister of Justice and Guardian af the Seals. Prime Minister 2013-14.

2012-14 Foawziya Yussuf Haji Adan, Somalia
Presidential candidate in Somaliland in 2003 and Leader of the Peace Democracy and Prosperity political party-NDB (Ururka Nabad Dimuquraadiyada iyo Barwaaqo). Also Foreign Minister 2012-14.

2012-16 Akierra Missick, Turks and Caicos Islands (British External Territory)
Apart from her role as Deputy Premier she was also Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture

2012-16 Vesna Pusić, Croatia

Chairperson of Croatian of Narodna Stranka 2000-05 and of the Narodna Stranka-Liberalni Demokrati 2005-08, Vice-President of the Sabor 2003-04 and Presidential Candidate in 2009 and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs from 2011. (b. 1953-)

2013- Liu Yandong, China
Vice-Chairperson of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) 2003-08 and Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party 2007, State Councillor and Vice-Chairwoman of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad 2008-13 and 2. Vice-Premier from 2013. In 2012 Several news reports named her the first female potential candidate for the Politburo's Standing Committee. (b. 1945-).

2013-14 Emma Bonino, Italy (Third in Cabinet)
Foreign Minister and Third in Cabinet from 2013. She was Secretary of the Parliament Group of Partito Radicale 1976-78, Group Vice-President 1979, Party President 1991-93 and Party Leader 1993-95,  European Union Commissioner for Fisheries, Consumer Policy and the European Community Humanitarian Office 1995-99, Presidential Candidate 1999 and 2013Leader of La Rosa nel Pugno from 2005, Minister of International Trade and Minister without Portfolio for European Affairs 2006-08 and Vice-President of the Senate 2008-13. (b. 1948-)

2013-16 Natalia Gherman, Moldova

Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration since 2013, Deputy Foreign Minister 2009-13, Ambassador to Austria, OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna 2002-06 and to Sweden, Norway and Finland 2006-09 and Acting Prime Minister in 2015. She is daughter of former President Mircea Snegur

2013-15 Tatiana Potang, Moldova
She is Deputy Prime Minister of Social Issues and was  Vice-Minister of Education 2009-13.

2013 Penny Wong, Australia (Third in Cabinet)

Penelope Ying-yen Wong has been Labor Senator from 2001 and was Minister for Climate Change, Energy Effeciency and Water 2007-10, Minister of Finance and Deregulation 2010-13 and in 2013 first Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate and later Senate Leader and Third in the Cabinet. She is her country's first openly lesbian minister and is born in Malaysia as daughter of a Chinese father and Australian mother. (b. 1968-).

2013- Julie Bishop, Australia (Third in Cabinet)
Minister for Ageing 2003-06. Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues 2006-07 and Minister of Foreign Affairs., Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 and Deputy Leader of the Opposition 2007-13. Lives with Peter Nattrass, former Mayor of Brisbane. (b. 1956-).

2013- Minister of Fiance Siv Jensen, Norway
Also Minister of Finance. MP from 1997, 1. Vice-Chairperson 1999-2006, Deputy Parliamentary Leader 2001-05, Chairperson from 2006 and Parliamentary Leader 2005-13 of Fremskrittspartiet and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Storting 2001-05. (b. 1969-)

2013- Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norway (Third in cabinet)
Foreign Mnister. MP for the conserative party Høyre from 2001, Chair of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Storting 2009-13. (b. 1976-).

2013-14 Gulshara Abdykalikova, Kazakhstan
2003-06 Vice-Minister of Labour and Social Protection and 2009-13 Minister of Labour and Social Protection.

2013-15 Maria Luís Albuquerque, Portugal
1. Minister of State and Minister of Finance. She was Secretary of State of Finance for the Treasury and the Finances 2011-13. (b. 1967-).

2013-14 Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Poland
Elzbieta Bienkowska is was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy and had been Minister of Regional Development 2007-14. EU-Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry Entreprepreneurship and Small and Mediumsized Entreprises from 2014.

2013 and 2014 Ekatarina Zaharieva, Bulgaria
Deputy Minister of Regional Development 2011-12, Secretary General of the Presidency 2012-13, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development in 2013 and Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic Policy, Minister of Regional Development and Minister of Investment Planning in 2014. (b. 1976-)

2013 Deyana Kostadinova, Bulgaria
Deputy Minster of Social Policy and Labour 2011-12, Presidential Advisor 2012-13 and Deputy Prime Minister for Social Policy and Labour in 2013.

2013 and 2014 Iliyana Tsanova, Bulgaria
Worked with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2003-13 and Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU Funds in 2013 and 2014. (b. 1976-)

2013-14 Zinaida Zlatanova, Bulgaria
Also Minister of Justice and EU funds absorption. She was Head of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria 2008-13.

2013-14 Daniela Nikolova Bobeva, Bulgaria

She is Deputy Prme Minister responsible for Coordinating the Economic Policies. Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Co-operation in 1997 and held a number of positions as manager of various public and semi-public banks. (b. 1958-)

2014-17 Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria
Meglena Stilyanova Kuneva-Prumova was was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for EU Policies and Institutional Affairs. She was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief EU-Negotiator 2001-02, Minister of European Affairs 2002-06, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection 2007-11 Presidential Candidate in 2011 and Chairperson of the Bulgaria for Citizen Party from 2011 and later Co-Leader of the Reform Block  (b. 1957-)

2014-17 Rumyana Bachvarova, Bulgaria
Deputy Prime Minister for Coalition Policy and State Administration from 2014 and also Minister of Interior. (b. 1959-)

2014-16 Kristalina Georgieva, European Union

Former Vice-President of the World Bank and CEO from 2017. In 2009 she turned down the offer of the post of Vice-Premier and Minister of Finance in Bulgaria, EU-Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response 2010-14 and Vice-President of the Commission for Budget and Human Resources. Candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations in 2016.

2014- Federica Mogherini, European Union
MP for PD and Italian Foreign Minister for a few months in 2014. Also Vice-President of the EU-Commission and in charge of Security Policy.  (b. 1973-)

2014- Ségolène Royal, France (Third in the cabinet)
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, 2004-14 President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes, 2007 Socialist Presidential and appointed Minister of Environment in 2014.  (b. 1953-).

2014-15 Elvira Kubanychbekovna Sarieva, Kyrgyzstan

Journalist and MP. Appointed Education and Science Minister in 2015. (b. 1975-).

2014-16 Kori Udovički, Serbia
Minister of Energy and Mines 2002-03, Governor of the National Bank 2003-04 and Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations 2007-12 and appointed 2014- Vice-President of the Government and Minister for State Administration and Local Self-government (b. 1961-).

2014- Zorana Mihajlović, Serbia
Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection 2012-14 and Vice-President of the Government and Minister of Transportation and Construction from 2014. (b. 1970-).

2014- 15 and 2015-16 Aster Mamo, Ethiopia
She was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Civil Service and Good Governance and Reform Cluster Coordinator. Former Advisor to the PM and Chief Government Whip and Vice-Chairperson of the governing OPDO 2014.-16

2014-16 Joan Burton, Ireland
Labour MP 1992-92 and from 2002, Deputy Leader in 2007 and Leader in 2014. Minister of State for Poverty 1993-94, Minister of State for Development Aid and Justice 1994-97, Minister of Social Protection 2011-16 and Deputy Premier / Tánaiste from 2014. (b. 1949-)

2014- Marie Noëlle Andet Koyara, Central African Republic

Minister of Rural Development 2013-14, Minister of State and Minister in charge of Public Works, Equipment and Planning 2014-15 and appointed Minister of State and Minister of Defence in 2015

2014- Delmaude Ryan, Montserrat (UK External Territory)
The Deputy Leader of the People’s Democratic Movement from 2013 she was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Heatlh and Sport.

2014- Åsa Romson, Sweden
Also Minister of Climate and Energy. Joint Spokesperson of the Green Party from 2011.

2014 Violeta Bulc, Slovenia

She was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister without portfolio for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion for one month before becomming EU-Commissioner for Transport

2014- Natalya Ivanovna Kochanova, Belarus
Natallia Ivanaŭna Kačanava was chairperson of Novopolotsk City Executive Committee 2007-14

2014-16 Gladys del Valle Requena, Venezuela
She was 5th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for Social Development and Revolution of the Missions and appointed
Minister of Women and Gender Equality
in 2016.

2015- Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia
1989-96 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1996-2002 Head of the Department of Women in the Office of the President, 2000-05 Minister of Women's Affairs and Child Welfare, 2005-08 Minister of Information and Broadcasting, 2008-12 Minister of Environment and Tourism, Foreign Minister from 2012 and Secretary General of SWAPO since 1996. (b. 1952-)

2015-16 Emine Çolak, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Second in the Cabinet)
Lawyer, Member of Lefkoşa Turkish Municipal Council 1994-2002 and Foreign Minister 2015-16. (b. 1958-).

2015-16 Dariga Nursultanovna Nazarbayeva Kazakhstan
Chairperson of the Republican Public Defence Foundation in 2003. Chairperson of the Asar (All Together) Party since 2003. The daughter of President Nursultan Nazabayev, she is considered in some aspects as his deputy and possible successor. She was Director General of the Khabar News Agency 1995-2001 and has been Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Agency from 2001. Deputy Speaker of the Majilis in 2014-15 and became Chair of the Senate Committee of International Affairs, Defence and Security in 2016.. (b. 1963-).

2015 Damira Abaskanovna Niyazalieva, Kyrgyzstan
Provisoric Minister of Health

2015-16 Gulmira Kudaiberdievna Karimova, Kyrgyzstan
Minister of Education and Science from 2016.

2015-17 Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez, Venezuela
Delcy Rodríguez was Minister of Presidential Affairs in 2006,
Vice-Minister for Europe 2006-10 and Minister of Communication and Information 2012-13 and 2014, Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 and appointed 6th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for the Sovreignty Politics, Security and Peace in 2015. (b. 1970-).

2015-16 Isis Ochoa Cañizales, Venezuela
2006-07 Vice-Minister of Food , 2007-09 Vice-Minister of Presidential Relations, 2009-10 Vice-Minister of Popular Participation, 2010-13 and from 2015 Minister of Municipalities when she was also appointed 7th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for the Development of the Territorial Socialism.

2015 and 2017-  Sevil Shhaideh, Romania
Also Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration a portfolio where she was Secretary of State 2012-15. In December 2016, the President rejected her nomination for the post of Prime Minister and she was instead appointed 1. Vice-Premier for Regional Development, Public Administration and EU Funds by the man who was appointed in her place.  She belongs to the Muslim Tatar minority. (b. 1964-).

2016-17 Luisana Mellonan, Venezuela
Appointed 8th Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Misions and Grand Socialist Missions and Minister of Health 2016.

2016- Ivanna Klympusch-Tsintsadze, Ukraine
Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for European Integration.

2016- Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland
Senator and Leader of the Fine Gael group in Seanad Éireann 2007-11, TD from 2011 and Minister for Justice and Equality since 2011 as well as Tánaiste (Vice-Premier) from 2016. (b. 1950-)

2016- Isabella Lövin, Sweden
Green Member of the European Parliament 2009-2014 and Co-Spokesperson of the Green Party from 2016, Minister of International Development Copperation from 2014 and Minister of Climate Affairs from 2016. (b. 1963-)

2016 Azra Jasavić, Montenegro
MP. (b. 1968-).

2016-  Martina Dalić, Croatia

Also Minister of Economy, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship and Crafts from 2016. Assistant Minister of Finance 1999-2000, State Secretary of Finance 2003-08, Bank Director until 2010 and Finance Ministers 2010-11.. (b. 1967-).

2016 Randi Vestergaard Evaldsen, Greenland (Danish External Territory)
She was 1. Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Natural Resources. Vice-Chair 2014-16 and Chairperson of Demokraatit from 2016. (b. 1984-).

2016- Sara Olsvig, Greenland (Danish External Territory)
Second in Cabinet and Minister for Social Affairs, Family, Equality and Justice. She was member of the Danish Parliament 2011-16 and the Greenland's Assembly from 2013 and Chairperson of Inuit Ataqatigiit since 2014. (b. 1979).

2016- Cholpon Alyevna Sultanbekova, Kyrgyzstan
MP from 2010 and chair of the Education Committee before becoming Deputy Prime Minister. (b. 1969-).

2016- Paula Bennett, New Zealand
Held a number of different ministerial portfolios since 2008. Deputy Leader of the Nationals from 2016. (b. 1969-).

2017- Carmen Meléndez Rivas, Venezuela
Vice-President of Politics and Sovereignty of the State. She is the country's first female Admiral (Almiranta) and was Minister of Popular Power for the Office of the Presidency (chief of staff) and Follow Up for Presidential Governance 2012-13, Minister of Defence 2013-14 and Minister of Interior 2014-17. (b. 1961-).

2017- Denitsa Zlateva, Bulgaria
Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the preparation of Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the Caretaker Government. International secretary of the Bulgarian Socialist Party since 2009 and MP 2013-14.

2017- Malina Krumov, Bulgaria
Deputy Prime Minister responsible for EU Funds in the Caretaker Government. A civil servant, she was Deputy Minister of Environment in 2013. (b. 1976-)

Last update 31.01.17