Ursula von der Leyen

Federal Minister of Defence

Bundesverteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen is Germany’s first female Federal Minister of Defence. From 2009 to 2013 she was Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. In the four years prior to that she served as Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

(Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler)

CV

  • Born on 8 October 1958 in Brussels; married, seven children

  • 1976
    Abitur (higher education entrance qualification)

  • 1977 - 1980
    Studied Economics in Göttingen and Münster

  • 1980 - 1987
    Studied Medicine at Hanover Medical School (MHH), state examination in medicine and licensed to practise medicine

  • 1988 - 1992
    Junior Doctor at the Gynaecological Clinic at Hanover Medical School

  • 1990
    Joined the CDU

  • 1991
    Awarded a Doctorate in Medicine

  • 1992 - 1996
    Lived in Stanford, California, USA

  • 1998 - 2002
    Research Assistant in the Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research at Hanover Medical School

  • 2001
    MA in Public Health

  • 2001 - 2004
    Held various local government posts in the Hanover region

  • 2003 - 2005
    Member of the Land Parliament of Lower Saxony

  • 2003 - 2005
    Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family Affairs and Health of Lower Saxony

  • since 2004
    Member of the CDU Presidium

  • 2005 - 2009
    Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

  • since October 2009
    Member of the German Bundestag

  • November 2009 – December 2013
    Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

  • since December 2013
    Federal Minister of Defence


  • Photos small and large: REGIERUNGonline/Chaperon