Chilean politician and medical doctor. After graduating in Medicine from the University of Chile, Ms Bachelet developed an intense political career and occupied the highest government positions in her native country. In 2000 she became Minister for Health and later Defence Minister. She was the first woman in the country and in Iberoamerica to hold this post and she gained great popularity during her office. When she was proclaimed President of the Republic of Chile in 2006, she initiated social measures such as a free health system for the over-60s and the creation of a special inter-party commission to work on reforms for the country’s pension system. She is currently Executive Director of UN Women, the UN agency for gender equality.