CV Dr. Ursula von der Leyen

Dr. Ursula von der Leyen - Pressefoto förstora bild (© BMAS)

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

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)

Market analysis, Stanford Health Services Hospital Administration

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


Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)


State examination and licence to practice

1980 - 1987
Studied medicine at the Hanover Medical School

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