Roza Otunbayeva currently heads «The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva” International Foundation.

She held the role of Deputy Head of Government and Foreign Minister of the Soviet Kyrgyz Republic (1986-1989) before being invited to the Soviet Foreign Ministry as the Secretary General and later as the President of the Soviet National Commission of UNESCO.

In 1991 she has returned (after Moscow) to the newly independent Kyrgyzstan to serve as Vice-Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. She was the first Kyrgyz Ambassador to the United States and Canada (1992-1994), and later to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (1997-2002).

During 2002-2004 she worked as Deputy Head of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in peacekeeping mission to Georgia before returning to Kyrgyzstan to take an active role in democratic changes of the country. In 2007 she was elected to the Kyrgyz Parliament and led the opposition fraction until April 2010. After Revolution she became a Head of the Interim Government.  From July 2010 to December 2011, Roza Otunbayeva served as President of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Roza Otunbayeva holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Moscow State University.