Current Female Foreign Ministers

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership


Apart from the women who have been Foreign Ministers a large number of women have been deputy ministers. They can be found in the various country-entries in Women in governments by country also see Female Foreign Ministers

2008- Maxine McClean, Barbados

Appointed Senator and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Leader of Government Business in the Senate in January 2008. From November 2008 also
Minister of Foreign Trade.

2009- Aurelia Frick, Liechtenstein

Business women, executive director and entrepreneur. Also Government Councillor of Culture and Justice. (b. 1975-).

2009- Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa

Before becoming Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, she was Member of the Executive Council for Housing and Local Government in the Limpopo Province.

2009- Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda

2008-09 Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister charged with Information.

2010- 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 and Ambassador to the United Nations 2004-06. She was offered the post of Ambassador to France in 2006 but refused.

2012-  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 and Secretary General of SWAPO since 1996.

2013- Amina Mohamed, Kenya
Ambassador to United Nations in Geneva 2000-06, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs 2008-11, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme 2011-13.

2013- Julie Bishop, Australia
Minister for Ageing 2003-06. Minister for Education, Science and Training, and Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues 2006-07, 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-).

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- Sushma Swaraj, India
Also Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs. She isFormer minister in Haryana 1987-88, Member of the Panel of Vice-Chairmen of the Rajya Sabha 1991-98, General Secretary and Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP circa 1995-98, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting 1996, 1998 and 2001-03, Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998, and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs 2003-04, Deputy Leader of BJP in the Rajya Sabha and Spokesperson of the BJP Parliamentary Wing 2004-09 and Leader of the Opposition 2009-14. (b. 1952-)

2014- Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Panama
Also Vice-President of the republic. Former Assistant Ambassador to the UN and official in the foreign ministry until 1994, the worked for the United Nations Development Program until she moved to the private sector in 2008.

2014- Margot Wallström, Sweden
Former MP and held ministerial posts since 1988 and was
European Commissioner 1999-2009 and later worked for the UN. (b. 1954-).

2014- Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Indonesia
Retno LP Marsudi or Retno Marsudi is former Ambassador to the Netherlands and to Norway and Iceland.

2014-Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia
1998 Deputy Minister and 1998-2000 Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, 2000-03 and 2013-14Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2003-04 Deputy State Minister at the State Chancellery, 2004-13 State Minister of Integration with European and Euro-Atlantic Structures and 2013 Deputy State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. (b. 1961-).

2014- Francine Baron, Dominica
Also Minister of CARICOM Affairs, she was Attorney General 2007-12 and Ambassador to United Kingdom 2012-14.

2014- 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 , before she was appointed Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs. (b. 1970-).

2014- Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Botswana
2002-03 Minister of Commerce, Industry, Wildlife and Tourism, 2003-04 Minister of Conservation, Wildlife and Tourism, 2004-09 Minister of Communications, Science and Technology and 2009-14 Minister of Education and Skill Development

2015- Béatrice Atallah, Madagascar
Former President of the Electoral Commission

2015- Ana María Liliana Sánchez Vargas de Ríos, Peru
Other versions of her name is Ana María Sánchez Vargas de Ríos and Ana María Sánchez. Appointed Ambassador to France in 2015.

2015- Susana Malcorra, Argentina
Undersecretary of the United Nations 2008-2012 and United Nations Chef de Cabinet to the Executive Office 2012-15. (b. 1954-).

2016- Makalé Camara, Guinea
Aso known as Makalacutee Kamara. Secretary of State for Women and Children 1992-94, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Forests 1994-96,  Ambassador to Senegal, Gambia, Capo Verde and Mauritania 2002-07, Ambassador to France, Spain, Monaco, Portugal and UNESCO 2007-11 and held various other administrative and political posts. (b. 1953-)

2016- 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 and UN Ambassador 2009-16.

2016- Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Senator from 2011.

2016- Aung San Suu Ky, Myanmar
The de facto Head of Government is also State Councillor and Minister of the President's Office,  leaderof the democracy movement since 1988,  under house arrest for a total of 15 years over a 21-year period, MP from 2012 and Leader of the Opposition 2012-16. Widow of Dr. Michael Aris (1946-1999) and mother of 2 sons. (b. 1945-).

2016- 'Mamphono Khaketla, Leshoto
2002-04 Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, 2004-07 Minister of Natural Resources, 2007-12 Minister of Education and Training and 2015-16 Finance Minister.

2017- Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Ghana
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 2005-09.

2017- Chrystia Freeland, Canada

Liberal MP and Minister of International Trade 2015-17. (b. 1968-).

2017- Yildiz Pollack-Beighle, Suriname
Former official at CARICOM

Last updat
e 23.03.17

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