Just ten days after assuming office the new Peruvian Head of State and Government, Martin Vizcarra, swore in his cabinet of ministers on Monday afternoon.
Choosing his ministers carefully and strategically clever from across the political spectrum, the President sends a message of unity to the Congress and Peruvian people. Vizcarra promised fresh new faces that are capable in their field and free of corruption; and he delivered.
Overall the new ministers are specialists in their respective field, but many aren’t well-known and criticized for their lack of political experience. This is only partly true as many might not have been in the spotlight, but already pulled the strings from the second or third row.
Cesar Villanueva is the new President of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of President Martin Vizcarra’s government.
Villanueva is an experienced business administrator and politician, who was Governor of the San Martin region from 2007 – 2013 and Prime Minister under former President Ollanta Humala from October 2013 – February 2014. In the 2016 parliamentary elections in Peru, he was elected congressman for the San Martin region for the 2016 – 2021 term. He was one of the main promoters of the second impeachment proceedings against former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
The new Peruvian ministers since April 2, 2018
- Minister of Foreign Affairs: Nestor Popolizio
Lawyer and career diplomat, Peru's permanent representative to the United Nations, worked in the Peruvian Embassy in the US and Brazil, Peruvian Ambassador to Portugal and Colombia, Under Secretary for American Affairs and Deputy Minister Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Vice-Chancellor
- Minister of the Interior: Mauro Medina
Retired National Police General, Vice-Minister of the Internal Orden, member of the reorganization commission of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINI) during the Humala government
- Minister of Economy and Finance: David Tuesta
Economist, master’s degree in public relations and PhD in economics, Corporate Director of Strategic Affairs of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) chief economist of BBVA Continental, member of the Energy and Mining Regulatory Board (Osinergmin) and director of the Economic Studies Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance
- Minister of Defense: Jose Huerta
Graduand from the Military School in Corrillos, General Inspector of the Army, Vice-Minister of Defense
- Minister of Justice: Salvador Heresi
Lawyer, 3-time mayor of Lima’s district San Miguel, co-founder and general secretary of the PPK’s Peruanos por el Kambio party, congressman since 2016, chairman of the Justice Commission of the Parliament
- Minister of Education: Daniel Alfaro
Economist, consultant in marketing and cultural strategy projects. technical secretary of the National Strategic Tourism Plan, advisor to the Ministry of Production, General Director of Cultural Industries and Arts of the Ministry of Culture, advisor to the Ministry of Culture, General Director of Technical-Productive and Higher Technological and Artistic Education of the Ministry of Education
- Minister of Health: Silvia Pessah
Doctorate in medicine, specialist surgeon, master’s degree in biomedicine and computer health, Vice-Minister of Health (2016), since 2017 Director of the National Health Institute
- Minister of Agriculture: Gustavo Mostajo
Worked at the National Agriculture Health Service in different positions, Peruvian representative of the agricultural sector at the Fruit Logistica Fair 2015 in Berlin, agricultural attaché of the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) in Brazil
- Minister of Labor and Promotion of Employment: Christian Sanchez
Lawyer, specialized in labor law and social security, studies in public health and human rights at Harvard, arbitrator of the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Superintendence of Healthcare Providers.
- Minister of Production: Daniel Cordova
Economist, who worked in the public and private sector, corporate manager at the Milpo mining company (1992 – 2002), member of the Board of Directors of Osiptel (2004 – 2006), ran for Congress in the 2011 election with the Alliance for Great Change party, but wasn’t elected
- Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism: Roger Valencia
Degree in tourism, President of the Regional Chamber of Tourism of Cusco (CARTUC), member of the Consultative Council of Tourism Care, international consultant and member of the Civil Transparency Association, since 2016 Vice Minister of Tourism
- Minister of Energy and Mines: Francisco Ismodes
Master’s degree in social management, General Manager of Milpo mining comanpy, Manager of the Mining Sector of the National Mining, Petroleum and Energy Society (SNMPE)
- Minister of Transportation and Communications: Edmer Trujillo
Degree in sanitary engineering, master’s degree in public and environmental management, worked for companies providing sanitation services, public and water resources management in Moquegua, Tacna and Tumbes, infrastructure manager and general manager of the Regional Government in Moquegua, general manager of the Regional Government in Arequipa, Director of Basic Education for Students with outstanding performance at the Ministry of Education, Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation in PPK’s government
- Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation: Javier Pique
Civil engineer, master’s degree in civil engineering and naval architecture and marine engineering, Ph.D. in structural engineering, Director and researcher of the Japanese Peruvian Center for Seismic Research and Disaster Mitigation, Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the Peruvian Seismic Design Standard, author of articles and books on the design of earthquake resistant structures
- Minister of Women and Vulnerable Population: Ana Maria Mendieta
Lawyer, master’s degree in constitutional law and post-graduate diploma in women’s human rights, Vice-Minister of Women in 2011 and 2016, Director of the National Program against Family and Sexual Violence
- Minister of Environment: Fabiola Muñoz
Lawyer, executive director of the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor), generalsecreatry of the Ministry of Agriculture and adviser to the ministerial office
- Minister of Culture: Patricia Balbuena
Lawyer, doctorate in social science, master’s degree in social policies, Vice Minister of Interculturality of the Ministry of Culture during the government of Ollanta Humala (2011-2016), since 2017 director of the Cuna Más program of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion
- Minister of Development and Social Inclusion: Liliana La Rosa
PhD in anthropology, master’s degree in community health, social development manager at the National Authority of Civil Service (Servir)