OECD Forum on Gender Equality


Maria-Alexandra Kefala


Deputy Minister of Social Cohesion and Family


Ms Maria Alexandra Kefala, is Deputy Minister of Social Cohesion and Family, and Member of the Hellenic Parliament. She is a physician by profession specialising in pediatrics. She is a graduate of the Medical School of the University of Ioannina and holds a master's degree from the National School of Public Health in "Health Promotion of Children and Adolescents". She was elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time in July 2019 and re-elected in the recent elections (July 2023). She speaks English, French and German. She was Secretary of the Hellenic Parliament during the period 2019-2023. From 2019 until 2022, she participated as a member of the "Special Standing Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights", the "Sub-Committee on the Issues of Persons with Disabilities" and the "Sub-Committee on Combating Human Trafficking and Exploitation" of the Parliament, of which she assumed the presidency from October 2022 until April 2023. She was also a member of the "Standing Committee on Social Affairs" of the Parliament. At the same time, she was elected as Vice-President of the Economic, Commercial and Fiscal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Cooperation Organisation. During the 2019-2023 parliamentary term, she was Vice-President of the "Greece-Albania" Friendship Parliamentary Group and member of Friendship groups "Greece-USA", "Greece-Qatar", "Greece-North Macedonia", "Greece-Armenia" and "Greece-Egypt".