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Dr. Ursula von der Leyen

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19.03.2018 - artikel

Dr Ursula von der Leyen
Minister of Defence

Date of birth: 8 October 1958
Place of birth: Brussels

Political career

  • Since December 2013: Minister of Defence
  • 2009 - 2013: Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  • 2005 - 2009: Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • Since December 2004: Member of the Presidium of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) of Germany
  • March 2003 to November 2005: Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family Affairs and Health, Lower Saxony
  • 2003 - 2005: Member of the CDU in the State Assembly of Lower Saxony
  • 2001 - 2004: Held various local political positions in the region of Hanover
  • 1999: Member of the Physicians’ Working Group of the CDU in Lower Saxony
  • Since 1990: Member of the CDU

Professional and academic career

  • 1998 - 2002: Member of the academic staff, Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research, Hanover Medical School (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, MHH)
  • 1995: Market analysis, Stanford Health Services Hospital Administration
  • 1993: Auditing guest, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • 1992 - 1996: Lived in Stanford, California, USA
  • 1988 - 1992: Assistant physician, Women's Clinic, Hanover Medical School

Education

  • 2001: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • 1991: Doctorate
  • 1987: State examination and licence to practice
  • 1980 - 1987: Studied medicine at the Hanover Medical School
  • 1978: London School of Economics
  • 1977 - 1980: Studied economics, Göttingen and Münster
  • 1971 - 1976: Attended grammar school with a special focus on mathematics and science, Lehrte
  • 1964 - 1971: European School of Brussels
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