María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is an Ecuadorian politician and diplomat. She has been elected as President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 73rd session, office which will assume in early September 2018. She was Minister of National Defense of Ecuador from 28 November 2012 to 23 September 2014. Currently, she is serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Lenín Moreno. She also held several other Ministerial posts before. She served as the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva from October 2014 to May 2017, and held the same position from 2008 to 2009. Besides her political career she is also a poet and essayist.