Heinz, Teresa | leave of absence) - from Mosambik | United States

ID: 263768
Organization: TBI
Country of meeting: in the year 2004

Is a Portuguese-American businesswoman and philanthropist. Heinz is the widow of former U.S. Senator John Heinz and the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State, longtime U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Heinz is Chair of the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies

Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira was born in the city of Lourenço Marques (later renamed Maputo) in the colony of Portuguese Mozambique (which later became the nation of Mozambique). Her parents were José Simões-Ferreira, Jr., a "Portuguese-born oncologist" and tropical disease specialist, and Irene Thierstein, a Portuguese and British national. Irene Thierstein's father "was the scion of Swiss-German family living on Malta, and her mother was the half-French, half-Italian daughter of an Alexandrian shipowner who traded with Russia during the Crimean War, both emigrated to Portuguese East Africa.

In 1960, Simões-Ferreira earned a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1963, she graduated from the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Geneva and moved to the United States to be an interpreter at the United Nations.


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