Doris Leuthard was born on April 10, 1963, as the eldest of four children. She studied law at the University of Zurich, where she graduated summa cum laude. From 1999 - 2006 she was a member of the National Council for the CVP (Christlichdemokratische Volkspartei), for which she served as Vice President from 2001 - 2004 and as President from 2004 - 2006. From June 2006 until December 2018, she was a member of the Swiss Federal Council, where she preceded the Federal Department of Economic Affairs from 2006 - 2010 and the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications from 2010 - 2018. In addition, Mrs. Leuthard holds various other mandates, such as President of the Ulrico Hoepli Foundation, resident of the Jury for the Business Environment Award, President of the Swiss digital Initiative, member of the Board of Trustees of the ETH Foundation and the Kofi Annan Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the Coop Group, Transgourmet international, Bell Food Group, Stadler Rail AG and many more. Furthermore, Mrs. Leuthard received various honors, for example the Swiss Womens Leadership Award (2019), the Tolerance Award of the European Academy of Sciences (2018) or the Title as Honorary Senator of the University of Zurich.