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Maria Fernanda Espinosa

Former President

United Nations General Assembly

Involvement at the ISC

Maria Fernanda Espinosa is on the Advisory Council of the ISC’s think tank Centre for Science Futures.


María Fernanda Espinosa is an Ecuadorian academic, diplomat, politician, and linguist with over 30 years of experience in academia, NGOs, international organizations, and high-level government positions. As President of the United Nations General Assembly, she became the fourth woman in history and the first from Latin America and the Caribbean to preside over this global forum. In Ecuador, she served twice as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Culture and Heritage. Currently, Espinosa has several advisory roles, including Executive Director of GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion; Co-chair of the Coalition for the UN We Need; Advisor to Club de Madrid, Member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Member of the Taskforce on Nature Markets; Member of the Board of Patrons at the World Sustainability Forum; Political Advisor of the Universal Health Coverage 2030 Movement; UBUNTU Advisor for United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); and Member of the High-Level Advisory Council for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

The page has been updated in May 2023.

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