Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She was one of the founders and the political leader of National Patriotic Front of Liberia, the warlord Charles Taylor's party. She placed second in the 1997 presidential election won by Charles Taylor. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen. The women were recognized "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work."

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... Recipient of the 1988 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Freedom of Speech Award Ralph Bunche International Leadership Award Grand commander Star of Africa Redemption of Liberia Commandeur de l'Ordre du Togo (Commander of the Order of Togo) 2006 Common Ground Award recipient, Search for Common Ground 2006 Laureate of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, The Hunger Project 2006 Distinguished Fellow, Claus M ... Halle Institute for Global Learning, Emory University 2006 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from Marquette University 2006 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from Synergos 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States, awarded to Sirleaf by U.S ...

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