Ministers from Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands lead the Global Partnership and advocate for effective development cooperation across the globe.

mexicoClaudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico.

Ms. Claudia Ruiz Massieu is a qualified lawyer from the Universidad Iberoamericana and she has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). She also specialized in Political Science at Madrid’s Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies. Minister Ruiz Massieu has held various senior positions in the Mexican government, including Minister for Tourism, General Planning, Development and Institutional Development, Coordinator for the General Attorney’s Office, Coordinator of Lead Advisers at the National Security Secretariat in the Ministry of Public Safety, as well as Federal Deputy in the 59th and 61st State Legislatures.



FotoPloumenLilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands.

In 1983, while still at university, Lilianne Ploumen became a community outreach worker in the Crooswijk area of Rotterdam. Two years later she joined the Institute of Psychological Market Research (IPM), a research-based consultancy, working in the statistics department as a research project leader.

From 1990 to 1992 she was a marketing and research manager for Foster Parents Plan in Amsterdam. Ms Ploumen then moved to PLAN, the London-based umbrella organisation, in 1993.

In 1995 she founded Ploumen Projecten, an organisation specialising in market research and innovation for commercial and non-profit clients. In the same year she also began working as a fundraising coordinator for Mama Cash, an international fund supporting women’s initiatives, going on to become director of the organisation from 1996 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2007 Ms Ploumen worked for the development organisation Cordaid, first as head of quality and strategy and later as director of international programmes. She was Chair of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) from October 2007 to January 2012.

On 5 November 2012, Lilianne Ploumen was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Rutte-Asscher government in the Netherlands.


Mr. Goodall Edward Gondwe, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning & Development, Malawi.

Born on December 1, 1936, in Mzimba (Northern Malawi), Gondwe has had a long and distinguished career as an economist. Among other positions, he has worked at the Reserve Bank of Malawi (Central Bank of Malawi) where he rose to the position of General Manager of the Bank; he later joined the Civil Service in Malawi where he served as Secretary to the Treasury. In 1973 he joined the African Development Bank as Vice President (and later Acting President) of the Bank. In 1980, he joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he worked in the African Department and rose to the position of Director for the Department. He served in the IMF for 22 years. In 2002, he was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor to the President, a position he held until 2004.

Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Gondwe served as finance minister and he was widely credited for stabilising the economy. His first tenure as finance Minister coincided with the period in which Malawi significantly benefitted from the HIPC initiative on debt relief. His achievements swayed the African Banker Awards to honour him as Africa’s Minister of Finance for 2008.

Between 2009 and 2013 he served as Minister in several ministries including the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, and Ministry of Economic Planning and Development. In June 2014 he was appointed as Minister to Finance, Economic Planning and Development to head the amalgamation of Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Planning and Development.

Mr. Gondwe entered Parliament in 2005 after winning bi-elections in his constituency and served as Member of Parliament for 9 years.
Hon. Goodall E. Gondwe holds a BSc in Economics from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers (FIB).

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