Luisa Dias Diogo
Luisa Dias Diogo was Prime Minister of Mozambique from 2004 to 2010. During a career spanning twenty years of public sector service, she worked in Mozambique’s Finance Ministry as the National Budget Director in 1982, held the office of Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning from 1994 to 2000, and Minister from 2000 to 2005. Ms. Diogo received her Bachelor’s degree from Maputo’s Eduardo Mondlane University, and her Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the University of London.
As Deputy Finance Minister, she was a key player in drafting the first five-year development plan with a focus on cementing peace within Mozambique’s borders. In 1999, when Ms. Diogo was promoted to Minister of Finance, she focused on poverty and economic growth, and secured strong cooperation with international finance institutions. In July 2004, Ms. Diogo officially launched an AIDS Emergency Programme, focused on educating citizens about AIDS prevention, providing income for people affected by the epidemic, and giving assistance to people living with AIDS. From 2005 to 2009 she was Chair of the National Council of the Fight Against HIV/AIDS. In 2006, the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan appointed Luisa Diogo as Co-Chair of the High-level Panel on UN System-wide coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and the Environment.
In the January 2004 issue of The Banker, Luisa Dias Diogo was named Finance Minister of the Year for Africa. She has since been distinguished by Times Magazine in 2004 as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and in 2007, ranked among Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2008, she was distinguished with The Global Women’s Leadership Award.