Mr. Angel Gurría

H.E Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza

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H.E Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza

Interim president of the Central African Republic

Ms. Samba-Panza is the interim president of the Central African Republic and the first woman to hold the post. She was sworn in as President on 23 January 2014. She is Africa’s third female head of state (with Joyce Banda, Malawi, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia).


Prior to becoming president, she was appointed Mayor of Bangui (capital of the CAR) from May 2013 by the National Transitional Council (CNT) during the 2012-13 conflict

Prior to entering politics, she was a businesswoman and corporate lawyer.


Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris – Law.

Ms. Carmen de la Soledad Moreno Toscano

Ambassador, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission of Women in the Organisation of American States

Carmen Moreno, an internationalist and diplomat, began her work on women’s rights and gender equality as a member of the Mexican Delegation to the first UN Conference on Women (1975). She has since served as the Mexican Ambassador to Costa Rica and Guatemala, as well as the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS).

In 2003, Carmen Moreno was appointed by the Secretary-General of the UN as Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW). In July 2009, Jose Miguel Insulza, the Secretary General of the OAS appointed Ms. Moreno as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women.

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