Senator Sherry Rehman is Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Climate Change, Vice President of the UNEA, and founding chair of the Jinnah Institute, an Islamabad think tank committed to building inclusion in national security policy. She has served as Pakistan Senate’s first woman Leader of the Opposition as well as Parliamentary Leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party in the Senate and holds a political portfolio as the party’s Vice-President.
Rehman has also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States and Federal Information Minister while holding three additional portfolios as Minister for Health, Women and Culture. The founding chair of the Senate Parliamentary Caucus on Climate Change, she has served as Chair of the Pakistan Red Crescent.
A former editor of the ‘Herald’ news magazine, Rehman is also an award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience in both the broadcast and print media. Ranked on the Financial Times list of the 25 most influential women of 2022, she currently features on the Forbes 50 List for women achievers for 2023 in Asia, while the Washington Post named her one of the top ten global movers and shakers to watch at COP27 for her climate diplomacy. She has received several awards including the title of Democracy’s Hero; The Freedom Award for her work for media independence; the International Peace Award for Democrats; the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Award for Women; and Pakistan’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Identified as one of the Top Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy magazine, she was cover-titled by Newsweek Pakistan as “Pakistan’s Most Important Woman”.