|Schimming-Chase, Nora - CoD|
|Nora Schimming-Chase, who has been a Congress of Democrats (CoD) member of parliament since 2000, is widely regarded as one of the most incisive debaters in the National Assembly.
Prior to the formation of CoD, her political life was dominated by her involvement in Swanu. She became Swanu Secretary for Education in 1962 while studying in the USA and eventually rose to the position of party Vice President in 1982. Schimming-Chase returned from exile in 1978 and led the section of Swanu that remained opposed to the South African-installed interim government. She played a significant role in the early years of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) before she took up a senior post at the World Council of Churches in Geneva in 1987.
For much of the 1990s she appeared to have left party politics behind and was a successful career diplomat, serving in France, Germany and Austria. She took up the key posting of Ambassador to Germany in 1992 and five years later was awarded the German National Order of Merit (First Class) for her work in fostering links between the two countries.
After her recall in 1996, she coordinated Namibia’s presence at the international Expo in Lisbon in 1998. She joined the CoD at its inception in March 1999.
The veteran politician was a member of the World Council of Churches’ Eminent Persons Group during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 and later went on to observe elections in Zimbabwe in 2000 and 2002.
In 2007 she challenged CoD President Ben Ulenga for the leadership of the party at the controversial extraordinary congress held at Keetmanshoop, but failed to gain the necessary support and fell out in the first round of voting. She was among a group of CoD leaders who complained that the election of Ulenga had been improperly organised
|Born on December 1 1940 in Windhoek. Lives in Windhoek.|
|Bachelor of Education, University of Cape Town (1961). MA, Free University of Berlin, West Germany (1969). Exchange student at Columbia University, New York, USA (1962-67).|
|Member of the NA since 2000. Acting Permanent Secretary, Foreign Affairs Ministry (1999). Deputy Permanent Secretary (1998-99), Deputy Section Commissioner General for Namibia at Expo ’98 in Lisbon, Portugal (1998). Deputy Permanent Secretary at Foreign Affairs Ministry (1996-98). Ambassador to Germany (1992-96); also Ambassador to Austria (1994-96). As Chargée d’Affaires set up Namibian embassy in France (1991). Under Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990). Deputy Director in the World Council of Churches Commission on Inter-Church Aid, Refugees and World Service (1987-89). Served Council of Churches in Namibia as Director of Education and also set up CCN’s Legal Aid Unit (1980-86). Swanu Representative and teacher at International School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1974-78). Part-time television journalist on Internationaler Frühschoppen (1968-74).|
|Good governance, democracy, gender, free and fair elections.|
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