Samia Hassam is expected to be sworn in as Tanzanian President following the death of President John Magufuli, on Wednesday.
Hassan is from the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar.
She studied statistics at Zanzibar Institute of Financial Administration, and later graduated from Mzumbe University with Advanced Diploma in Public Administration in 1986. She also attend University of Manchester, where she received a postgraduate diploma in Economics for 1994.
Before becoming Vice-President in 2015, Hassan served as Minister of State in the office of the Vice-President, and has also served the government of Zanzibar in various capacities.
She is the first female Vice- President of Tanzania, and is set to the first female President of the country, as well as the second female Head of State in East Africa.
The Tanzanian Vice-President is married with four children. Her only daughter, Mwanu Hafidh Ameir, is a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.