Paulette Lenert was born on 31 May 1968 in Luxembourg.
Education and qualifications
Following her secondary school studies at the Athénée de Luxembourg, Paulette Lenert was awarded a degree in private and corporate law from the University d'Aix-Marseille III in 1991. After her master's degree, she pursued her studies in the United Kingdom and obtained a master's in European law from the University of London in 1992. Paulette Lenert focused her continuing education as much on European law as on the development of her skills in public management and systemic approach.
Following the legislative elections of 14 October 2018, Paulette Lenert joined the government as Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and as Minister for Consumer Protection on 5 December 2018 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (déi gréng). On 4 February 2020, following the resignation of Étienne Schneider, Paulette Lenert was appointed Minister of Health as well as Minister Delegate of Social Security while keeping the Consumer Protection portfolio. Following the cabinet reshuffle on 5 January 2022, Paulette Lenert was appointed Deputy Prime Minister while keeping her other ministerial portfolios.
Paulette Lenert began her career as a lawyer at the Luxembourg Bar in 1992. She joined the Ministry of Justice in 1994 in the function of justice attaché. In 1997, she was appointed First Judge of the Administrative Tribunal and served as vice president until 2010. From 2010 to 2013, she was senior government advisor to the Minister Delegate of Solidarity Economy.
She was the head of the, in 2013, newly founded Facilitation Unit for Urban Planning and Environment attached to the Ministry of State. Following the reshuffle of the ministerial departments in 2013, she joined the Ministry of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform in the function of senior government advisor and was in charge of the general coordination as of 2014. Furthermore, in January 2017, she was nominated executive director of the National Institute for Public Administration. Paulette Lenert resigned from her functions upon joining the government.
Activities relating to associations
Paulette Lenert was a board member of the ProActif a.s.b.l. between 2011 and 2013. She was also a board member of Initiativ Rëm Schaffen a.s.b.l. and resigned from this function when she joined the government.