Ellen Johnson Sirleaf MC/MPA 1971
President of Liberia

President Sirleaf is a leading promoter of peace, justice, and democratic rule. In her efforts to bring justice to Liberia, she spent more than a year in jail at the hands of the military dictatorship of General Samuel Doe and had her life threatened by former President Charles Taylor. She played an active and supportive role in the Transitional Government of Liberia as the country prepared for elections in October of 2005. In November 2005, she became the first woman to lead an African nation. She previously served as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa of the United Nations Development Program with the rank of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, the first woman to do so. She served previously as the first African woman Vice President of Citicorp Regional Office in Nairobi. In 2007, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US’s highest civil award. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

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