Friday, February 17, 2012

On February 17

On this day in ...
... 2004, Luísa Dias Diogo, who'd been serving as Minister of Planning and Finance, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Mozambique, the 1st woman to hold that post. Diogo had been born on April 11, 1958, in a western province of the country, earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, and then a master's degree in financial economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Then she began a career of public service in finance and budget offices in Mozambique. During her tenure as Prime Minister, from 2004 to 2010, she was named among the world's top 100 most powerful women. She's served on a variety of women's and environmental organizations since then, and last month became the Board Chairperson of the Mozambique subsidiary of Barclay's Bank. (credit for 2009 photo of Diogo at the copyrightholder, the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland)

(Prior February 17 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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