The Vice President of the Republic of Colombia, H.E. Marta-Lucia Ramirez, has over 35 years of experience in the fields of business development, commerce, international negotiations, foreign investment, security, democracy, governability and regional development. Ms. Ramírez is mainly concerned with women empowerment, the fight against corruption, security, the creation of jobs, competitiveness and the strengthening of the Judiciary. She has promoted and implemented public policies for women political, social and economic empowerment throughout the country.
Ms. Ramírez was the Conservative Party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 Presidential Elections, obtaining the third largest share of the vote.
Since August 7, 2018 she became the first woman to hold the position of Vice President in the history of Colombia. In her capacity and based on the priorities of the Government of Colombia, Mrs. Ramirez leads matters related with transparency, the fight against corruption and gender equality and supervises the infrastructure and transport agenda. She is in charge of promoting science, technology and innovation and advising the President on issues of competitiveness and business development. Likewise, the Vice President chairs the Colombian Ocean Commission and the Colombian Space Commission, as well as the coordination of the High Level Inter-Institutional Commission that will have the function of organizing and implementing measures for Afro-descendant communities and Indigenous peoples.
Her public career began at the Banking Superintendence and subsequently at the Colombian Institute of Foreign Trade -INCOMEX-. She was the Colombian Minister of Commerce in 1998, where she began the ‘Colombia Digital’ Foundation, and led two major initiatives: the Colombia Competes Network and the Young Exporting Entrepreneurs Group.
2002, she was Colombia’s Ambassador to the French Republic and was subsequently appointed Minister of Defense; the first and only woman to have held that position in Colombia, where she created the first human rights school of the Armed Forces and promoted women in service, allowing them to become Generals.
In 2006 she was elected to the Senate with almost 70.000 votes and was President of the Senate’s Second Committee in charge of foreign relations, where she created the Committee on Frontiers, in order to develop, promote and supervise Colombia’s frontier zones.
Ms. Ramírez studied Law at Javeriana University, specializing in commercial and financial law. She also holds a master’s degree in High Business Management from La Sabana University and was an International Relations Fellow at Harvard University. She was a law professor at Los Andes and Javeriana Universities.
Mrs. Ramirez is married and has 1 daughter.