First Lady of Cameroon
Her Excellency Mrs. Chantal Biya has been the First Lady of Cameroon since her husband President Paul Biya took office in 1994. The Chantal Biya Foundation was created in 1994 to address education and HIV/AIDS. The Chantal Biya Foundation has an extensive array of activities in the areas of maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and girls’ education. Her foundation work later led Mrs. Biya to found African Synergy in 2002, in which she remains active as the Founding President. Mrs. Biya is also involved in the Chantal Biya International Reference Center which focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and training. Launched in February 2006, the Center aims to lead scientific research and facilitate the collaboration of internationally recognized scientists in this field. Mrs. Biya has been the recipient of such honors as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Education and Social Inclusion (November 2008)
and the Marie Curie Silver Medal (2006).