Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma


African Union Commission


Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected Chairperson of the African Union Commission in July 2012. She is the first woman to lead the continental organization, including its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity. Prior to this role, Dr. Dlamini-Zuma served as Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa from 2009 to 2012. From 1999 to 2009, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and from 1994 to 1999 as Minister of Health in the Cabinet of then President Nelson Mandela. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany at the University of Zululand in 1971, and started her medical studies at the University of Natal. She completed her medical studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1978.


  • Chairperson

    African Union Commission