Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (born 3 November 1955) is a South African politician and United Nations official and is currently serving as the Executive Director of UN Women with the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mlambo-Ngcuka served as Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008, as the first woman to hold the position and at that point the highest-ranking woman in the history of South Africa.

During her period as deputy president of South Africa, she oversaw programs to combat poverty and ensure the poor benefit from the advantages of a growing economy.