Heads of State/Government

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Thirty Fulbright alumni have served as heads of state or government of their home countries. They are listed below in reverse-time order, according to the start of their term in office:

  • Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of Costa Rica (2014-Present)
    Fulbright Foreign Student, 1978
    Fulbright Scholar in Residence, 1983
  • Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan (2014-Present)
    Fulbright-Hays Program, 1985
  • Garry Conille, Former Prime Minister of Haiti (2011-2012)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1998
  • Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia (2010-Present)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1980
  • Iveta Radičová, Former Prime Minister of Slovak Republic (2010-2012)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1999, 1998
  • Sebastián Echenique Piñera, President of Chile (2010-Present)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1974, 1973
  • John Evans Atta Mills, President of Ghana (2009-2012)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1970
  • Colville Norbert Young, Governor General of Belize (1993-Present)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1992, 1991
  • Sidi Mohamed Boubacar, Prime Minister of Mauritania (2005-2007) (1992-1996)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1981
  • Marek Marian Belka, Prime Minister of Poland (2004-2005)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1979, 1978
  • Gerard R Latortue, Prime Minister of Haiti (2004-2006)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1963
  • Beatriz Merino Lucero, Prime Minister of Peru (2003)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1976
  • Zlatko Lagumdzija, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2002)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1988
  • Ivy Leona Dumont, Governor General of the Bahamas (2001-2005)
    Fulbright Foreign Teacher Exchange Program, 1962
  • Alejandro Toledo Manrique, President of Peru (2001-2006)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1984
  • Giuliano Amato, Prime Minister of Italy (2000-2001) (1992-1993)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1962
  • Jamil Mahuad Witt, President of Ecuador (1998-2000)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1988
  • Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Prime Minister of Poland (1996-1997)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1980
  • Lamberto Dini, Prime Minister of Italy (1995-1996)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1957
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil (1995-2003)
    Fulbright Seminar Programs, 1986
  • Ingvar Gosta Carlsson, Prime Minister of Sweden (1994-1996) (1986-1991)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1960, 1997
  • Abdul Ghani Abdul Aziz, Prime Minister of Yemen (1994-1997)
    Fulbright
  • Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, Prime Minister of Mozambique (1994-2004)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1961
  • Moeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi, Prime Minister of Pakistan (1993)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1951
  • Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1993-1996) (1981-1989)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1959
  • Hyun Seung-Jong, Prime Minister of Korea (South) (1992-1993)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1955
  • Lee Hyun Jae, Prime Minister of Korea (South) (1988)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1971
  • Lee Han Key, Prime Minister of Korea (South) (1987)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1955, 1954
  • Zelman Cowen, Governor General of Australia (1977-1982)
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, 1953
  • Wallace E Rowling, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1974-1975)
    Fulbright Foreign Teacher Exchange Program, 1955
  • Kofi Abrefa Busia, Prime Minister of Ghana (1969-1972)
    Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 1954