Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Director of UN Women

South Africa Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was elected in July 2013 director of UN Women, an organization created in 2010 to direct the work of the UN on promoting gender equality and empowering women. He succeeds the former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and will have to face the great challenges marked on the agenda for 2015, among which is organizing the fifth World Conference on Women.

Mlambo-Ngcuka comes from the world of education. After actively engage in the politics of his country, where he was appointed deputy in 1994, minister between 1999 and 2005 and president of the interim government between 2005 and 2008, launched the Umlambo Foundation to promote rural schools, support teachers in schools in the poorest areas of South Africa and Malawi.

He holds a Master of Philosophy in Educational Policy Planning from the University of Cape Town (2003) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lesotho (1980).

Source: UN Women