Maria Fernanda Espinosa

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador. Former President of the UN General Assembly

Maria Fernanda Espinosa is an academic, diplomat and politician with more than 30 years of professional experience. Most recently, she served as the President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, becoming the fourth woman in history and the first from Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over this body since its foundation in 1945. Ms. Espinosa has also held many leadership positions within the Government of Ecuador, serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense and Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage. In addition, she was the first female ambassador and permanent representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in New York and Geneva.