January 20, 1972 (51)
Nikki Haley is an American politician and diplomat, serving as the 116th Governor of South Carolina, and later, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
In her political career, Nikki Haley focused on economic growth and development within South Carolina, achieving the lowest unemployment rate in state history. As Governor, she signed legislation to reduce taxes, incentivize business investment, and improve education. Her leadership during the Charleston church shooting and her decision to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds resonated nationally.
Haley’s collaborations with political figures and influencers have been noteworthy. Her working relationships included individuals such as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Nikki Haley’s distinctions include being the first female Governor of South Carolina and the second Indian-American Governor in U.S. history. In her role as UN Ambassador, she focused on human rights and led the charge against North Korea’s nuclear aggression. Among her notable achievements, she received the Ambassador of the Year award from the World Affairs Councils of America in 2016 and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2016 and 2018.