Ambassador Natalia Gherman
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Ms. Natalia Gherman is a former Deputy Prime-minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. She is a career diplomat holding the diplomatic rank of Ambassador. In June-July 2015 she was Acting Prime-minister of the Republic of Moldova.
Ms. Gherman began her long career in service to her country as the Second Secretary for the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova from 1991-2; then First Secretary for the Department of European Organizations from 1992-4. From 1994-7, Ms Gherman served as Counselor and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the OSCE and the UN Agencies in Vienna; from 1997-2001, becoming the Deputy Head of the Department of European Security and Political-Military Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. Ms. Gherman served as Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Brussels as well as Deputy Head of the Mission of Moldova to NATO from 2001-2. This led to Ambassadorships, first as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to the Republic of Austria as well as Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Vienna and to the OSCE. Representing her country to the OSCE in Vienna, Ms. Gherman has been a prominent contributor to the efforts of the Organization on identifying solutions to the unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area, at the same time mobilizing the potential of the OSCE community towards the resolution of the Transnistrian conflict in the Republic of Moldova in accordance with the International Law. From 2006-9, Ms. Gherman served as first resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Finland. For her merits in promoting relations between Sweden and Moldova, His Majesty the King of Sweden awarded Ms. Gherman the Royal Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden in the rank of Commander First Class.
As Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova in 2009-13, Ms. Natalia Gherman was the Chief Negotiator on behalf of the Republic of Moldova for the Association Agreement, the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and the visa liberalization dialogue with the European Union. For the successful negotiations of these crucial Agreements that paved the way for Moldova's European Integration, in 2014 Ms. Gherman was awarded the highest national distinction - the Order of the Republic of Moldova.
In 2013, Ms. Gherman was honored with dual role of Deputy Prime-minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. She also served as Member of the Parliament in 12/2014 - 2/2015, being member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and European Integration. Since 2/2015 when the new Government was sworn in as a result of the Parliamentary elections, Ms. Gherman resumed her current role as Deputy Prime-minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Policy and European Integration.
Ms. Natalia Gherman was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. She received her BA from the State University of the Republic of Moldova and her MA in War Studies from London University's King's College.
She is mother to son Mircea Gherman and the daughter of Moldova's first President Mircea Snegur (1990-7).
In March 2014, Ms. Natalia Gherman was among seven most impressive women leaders in the world, selected by The Guardian UK for the ranking "Seven women to watch in global politics who are leading positive change all over the world".
In February 2016, the Moldovan government formally nominated Ms. Gherman as a candidate for the position of UN Secretary-General.