Catherine Bosshart-Pfluger, historian of contemporary and modern history as well as specialist of gender studies. After studies in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, she received her MA in 1974, in 1981 her PhD of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. After working from 1974 to 1991 on different research projects, she has been teaching from 1991 to 2013 first as a senior lecturer and then as a professor for contemporary history at the University of Fribourg. Since June 2013 she has retired. In fall 2013, she was nominated an independent expert for the Gender Studies Program by the Conference of University presidents of Switzerland. In 2013 she became UN main representative of BPWI in Geneva. In June 2015, she was elected Vice-chair of NGO-CSW at the UN in Geneva and has been nominated as Executive Secretary of BPW International .