Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a Nobel laureate and former World Bank officer, is the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa. She is serving her second term as President after winning the 2011 presidential election.
After decades of fighting for freedom, justice and equality in Liberia, President Sirleaf won the Nobel Prize for Peace with two other women (Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman) for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.
In addition to this work, Johnson-Sirleaf has fought against dictators and corruption in Liberia. Currently, her top priority is infrastructure and increasing foreign investment to her impoverished nation.