Pamela Rendi-Wagner

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Pamela Rendi-Wagner
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Chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
24 November 2018
Preceded byChristian Kern
Leader of the Social Democratic Party in the National Council
Assumed office
8 October 2018
Preceded byChristian Kern
Andreas Schieder (acting)
Minister of Health and Women
In office
8 March 2017 – 18 December 2017
ChancellorChristian Kern
Preceded bySabine Oberhauser
Succeeded byBeate Hartinger-Klein as Minister of Social Affairs
Member of the National Council
Assumed office
9 November 2017
Nominated byChristian Kern
AffiliationSocial Democratic Party
Personal details
Joy Pamela Wagner

(1971-05-07) 7 May 1971 (age 47)
Favoriten, Vienna
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Michael Rendi
Children2 daughters
Alma materUniversity of Vienna (Dr)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Master)
Royal College of Physicians (MSc)
  • Politician
  • physician
WebsiteOfficial website

Pamela Rendi-Wagner (born 7 May 1971 as Joy Pamela Wagner) is an Austrian physician and politician serving as the chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party since November 2018. She is the first woman to head Austrian social democracy.[1]

From March 2017 to December 2017 Rendi-Wagner was Minister of Health and Women. Since November 2017 she is a member of the National Council and since October 2018 she also is the parliamentary leader of her party there.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Rendi-Wagner grew up in Vienna's 10th district Favoriten as the daughter of a young single mother. She attended the GRG 12 Erlgasse in Meidling and graduated in 1989. She then studied medicine at the University of Vienna and received her doctorate in 1996.

Subsequently, she studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she graduated in 1996/97 and received a master's degree in "Infection and Health". In 1997 she obtained the "Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine", the Master of Science (MSc) at the Royal College of Physicians.

Health career[edit]

In 1998 Wagner returned to the University of Vienna and worked between 1998 and 2002 in the Department of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine; 2002-2003 in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Kaiser Franz Josef Hospital and from 2003 to 2007 again at the Medical University of Vienna in the Department of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine and Center for Travel Medicine. As project leader, Rendi-Wagner has established a network for epidemiological surveillance of important infectious diseases. As part of her research, the recommended interval for tick vaccinations has also been raised from three to five years. In 2008, she was awarded the qualification of university lecturer in the fields of specific prophylaxis and tropical medicine at the Medical University of Vienna.[2] Subsequently, she worked internationally as a scientist in the fields of infection epidemiology, vaccine prevention and travel medicine.

Between 2008 and 2011 Wagner was a guest professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Between 2012 and 2017 she worked as a guest professor at the Center for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna. From 2011 to 2017, Rendi-Wagner took over Section III (Public Health and Medical Affairs) in the Ministry of Health and was chairwoman of the Office for Safety in Health Care (BASG) and a member of the Health Commission.

Political career[edit]

In 2012, Rendi-Wagner joined the Association of Social Democratic University Graduates, an organization affiliated with the SPÖ.

In succession of deceased Sabine Oberhauser and interim head of the ministry Alois Stöger, she was appointed Minister of Health and Women on 8 March 2017 by President Van der Bellen, serving in the government of Chancellor Christian Kern. Only shortly before her inauguration, she became a member of the SPÖ. With the change of government after the National Council elections in 2017, she dropped out of the government on 18 December 2017. She didn't make use of her right to return as an official to the Ministry of Health. Since then she has been a Member of the National Council and is her party's spokeswoman for health.

After Kern announced to stand as the SPÖ's leading candidate for the European elections in May 2019 and to resign as party chairman in November 2018, the party executive board designated Rendi-Wagner as Kern's successor on 22 September 2018. At a convention on 24 November, she was elected the first woman to head the SPÖ in the party's history.

Personal life[edit]

Rendi-Wagner's mother was a kindergarten teacher, her father a social psychologist. She has four half-brothers. Pamela Rendi-Wagner is married to the former Austrian ambassador to Israel and cabinet chief of former Chancellery minister Thomas Drozda (SPÖ), Michael Rendi, and has two daughters with him.


  1. ^ "Rendi-Wagner zur SPÖ-Parteichefin gewählt". (in German). Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Pamela Rendi-Wagner, MSc". Who's who in the Austrian Parliament (in German). Republic of Austria. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
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