Ursula Von Der Leyen

President of the European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen is an accomplished German politician, currently serving as the President of the European Commission. She is the former first female Minister of Defence in Germany, having left the federal cabinet in 2019 to assume her current position. She was elected as a member of the Bundestag, serving as the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (2009-2013). Prior to that, Ursula von der Leyen served as the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (2005-2009). From 1998 to 2002, she taught at the Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research at the Hannover Medical School. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at the institution in 2001. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for several organisations, including Mädchenchor Hannover, World Economic Forum (2016-2019), and Munich Security Conference (2013-2019). Von der Leyen is included in the Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2020’. She is the 4th on the Forbes list of ‘Most Powerful Women In The World 2020’. She has been awarded the World Leader Prize 2020 by the international advocacy group Global Citizen for being at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.