Prime Minister of Sweden

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden (since October 3, 2014) Kjell Stefan Löfven was born in Stockholm, on 21 July 1957. He was placed in an orphanage 10 months after his birth. Löfven was later looked after by a foster family from Sunnersta, Sollefteå. According to the agreement with this family, his birth mother would regain custody of him when she More →

President of Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan (since Sept 29, 2014) He is the co-founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness, an organization set up in 2005 to improve the ability of states to serve their citizens. In 2005 he gave a TED talk, in which he discussed how to rebuild a broken state such as Afghanistan. Ghani is a member More →

President of Abkhazia

Raul Khadjimba, President of Abkhazia (since Sept 25, 2014) A former KGB agent, Khadjimba had previously served as both deputy prime minister (2001–2002) and defence minister (since 12 December 2002), before succeeding Gennady Gagulia as Prime Minister on 22 April 2003. He remained Prime Minister until October 2004. He had also served as head of the Abkhaz security service from 1999 to More →

President of Iraq

Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq (since Jul 24, 2014) Fuad Masum was born in the city of Koya. His family descends from the village of Khabanen, which is part of Hawraman. He studied at various religious schools in Kurdistan until the age of 18. He studied law and Sharia at Baghdad University. In 1958, Masum traveled to Cairo to More →

President of Indonesia

Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia (since Oct 20, 2014) Joko Widodo is of Javanese descent. He is the eldest son of Noto Mihardjo and Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo. He has three younger sisters, named Iit Sriyantini, Ida Yati and Titik Relawati. Before changing his name (changes of name are not unusual in Java), Joko Widodo was called Mulyono. His father came from More →

President of Panama

Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama (since Jul 1, 2014) Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez (born 12 December 1963) is a Panamanian politician who has been President of Panama since 2014. Previously he served Vice President of Panama from 2009 to 2014; he was also Minister of Foreign Relations from July 2009 to August 2011. He has been the President of More →

President of Guinea-Bissau

José Mário Vaz, President of Guinea-Bissau (since Jun 6, 2014) Mário Vaz was named by President Malam Bacai Sanhá as the country’s Finance Minister in 2009, though he and the other ministers were ousted in the 2012 Guinea-Bissau coup d’etat. He is a member of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde and won the right to More →

President of Slovakia

Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia (since June 15, 2014) Kiska was born in Poprad. He studied electrical engineering. In 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, he moved to the United States. Later he founded Triangel and Quatro, two Slovakia-based hire-purchase companies that give the buyer the possibility to pay for goods in several installments over a number of months instead of More →

President of Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia (since August 8, 2010; re-elected on Jun 15, 2014) Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (born 10 August 1951) is the former Minister of National Defense, and the current President of the Republic of Colombia after winning the 2010 Colombian presidential election on June 20, 2010. Juan Manuel Santos spent most of his childhood in Bogotá More →

President of Egypt

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt (since Jun 8, 2014) Born in Gamaleya, Old Cairo, Sisi graduated from Egyptian Military Academy and U.S. Army War College. Sisi held various command positions in the Egyptian Armed Forces and served as Egypt’s Military Attaché in Riyadh. Sisi got his bachelor of military Sciences in 1977, master from Egyptian Command and Staff College More →

President of Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine (since June 7, 2014) Poroshenko Petro Oleksiyovych, born in the city of Bolhrad, Odesa region, on September 26, 1965. Citizen of Ukraine. Resides within the territory of Ukraine since the date of birth, particularly in the course of the last 23 years since the day of declaring the Independence of Ukraine. Higher education: 1982-1989 – More →

President of Syria

Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria (re-elected on Jun 6, 2014) Assad is a politician who got in power much against his own will. Initially he was not thought of as his father, Hafez al-Assad’s successor. This was a role originally filled by his brother Basil who died in an accident in 1994. Then Bashar was called back to Syria, and More →

President of El Salvador

Salvador Sánchez Cerén, President of El Salvador (since Jun 1, 2014) Sánchez Cerén was born in Quezaltepeque. The ninth of twelve children, three of his siblings died at young age. His parents struggled to raise nine children. His father Antonio Alfonso Sánchez a carpenter and his mother Dolores Rodas a market seller worked hard to give their children a better future. More →

President of Algeria

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria (re-elected on Apr 17, 2014) 1937 March 2: Born in Oujda (today Morocco) to a father of origin in Tlemcen. 1956: Bouteflika finishes his secondary education, and joins the ALN (Armée de libération nationale), which is part of FLN. 1957: Starts serving as officer, working specifically out of Oujda, not participating in fights. 1960: Is More →

President of Malta

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta (since Apr 4, 2014) Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was elected President of the Republic of Malta on the 4th April 2014. A Parliamentary resolution on 1st April 2014, approved her nomination as the ninth President of Malta. At the age of 55, Coleiro Preca is the youngest serving President of Malta and only the second More →

Prime Minister of Nepal

Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal (since Feb 11, 2014) Sushil Koirala was born to Bodh Prasad Koirala and Kuminidi Koirala on 12 August 1939 (२८ श्रावण १९९६). Koirala is unmarried and known to live a simple life. A member of the politically prominent Koirala family, he is the cousin of former prime ministers Matrika Prasad Koirala, Girija Prasad Koirala More →

President of Costa Rica

Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica (since Feb 2, 2014) Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera (born 25 April 1958) is a Costa Rican politician who has been President of Costa Rica since 2014. He is a member of the center-left Citizens’ Action Party (PAC). Solís led the field in the 2014 presidential election, and he was effectively handed the presidency More →

President of Honduras

Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras (since Jan 27, 2014) Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado was born on October 28, 1968 in the city of Gracias, Lempira, in the village of Río Grande. He studied at the National Autonomous University of Honduras where he became a graduate in Law and Social Sciences notary, lawyer. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration More →

President of the Central African Republic

Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, Acting President of the Central African Republic (Since Jan 10, 2014) As a member of the Central African Democratic Rally (RDC), Nguendet served for a time as a Deputy in the National Assembly, representing the fifth arrondissement of Bangui, the capital. In early 2013, Nguendet founded a new political party, the Rally for the Republic (RPR). When the Séléka More →