Sahle-Work Zewde

Born:February 21, 1950 (age 74)
Career:President of Ethiopia, 2018-present
Under secretary-general of the United Nations to the African Union, 2018
Director-general, United Nations Office at Nairobi, 2011-2018
Ethiopian ambassador, 1989-2008
Education:University of Montpellier

Sahle-Work Zewde assumed office as president of Ethiopia on October 25, 2018, the first woman to hold that office.

Zewde was born on February 21, 1950, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Empire (now Ethiopia). She graduated from the University of Montpellier with a degree in natural sciences.

Prior to her election as president, Zewde served at under secretary-general of the United Nations to the African Union in 2018 and director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi from 2011 to 2018. From 1989 to 2008, she served as the Ethiopian ambassador to several countries, including Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Guinea and France.