Micheline Calmy-Rey

Born:July 8, 1945 (age 73)
Career:Head of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, 2003-present
Member of the Swiss Federal Council, 2003-present
President of Switzerland, 2007 and 2011
Vice president of Switzerland, 2006 and 2010
Party:Social Democratic Party
Education:Institut de hute etudes internationales
Website:http://www.clubmadrid.org/en/miembro/micheline_calmy_rey

Micheline Calmy-Rey served as President of Switzerland for two, one-year terms, in 2007 and in 2011. She was the second female president of Switzerland, the first being her predecessor, Ruth Dreifnuss. Following her presidency, Calmy-Rey served on the Global Sustainability Panel for the United Nations.

Calmy-Rey was born in Sion in Canton Valais on July 8, 1945. In 1968, she graduated from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. Married and with two children, she ran a small book distribution company for 20 years.

Calmy-Rey joined the Geneva Socialist party in 1979 and was its president for two periods. She was a deputy in the Geneva Grand Council. In 1998, she became a member of the Geneva government and took over the finance department.

Calmy-Rey was elected to the Federal Council on December 4, 2002. She was head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs from January 1, 2003, to December 31, 2011, when she chose to retire.

Photo by Bundeskanzlei, via Wikimedia Commons.

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