Serving as Finland's 11th president, Tarja Halonen has had an extensive career in Finnish politics and society. Halonen graduated from the Univeristy of Helsinki in the late 1960s and quickly became involved in Finnish society especially in advancing human rights and trade unions before becoming involved with politics in the 1980s. After an mutliple ministerial positions including foriegn minister in the later 90s, Halonen was elected to the presidency for 12 years and maintained extremely high popularity. Today, Halonen is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, a trustee of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, an intercultural organization promoting tolerance dialogue and understanding. She was also included in Forbes List of 100 Most Powerful Women and was a popular candidate for the UN Secretary-General Selection in 2006.