Save the date – Tuesday April 11, 2017

The Women’s International Forum in collaboration with Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations is honored to present a talk with H.E Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the World Leadership Alliance, Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia (1999-2007).


“Three stages of a professional woman’s life: Professor and researcher, President of Latvia, social activist”

Date: Tuesday April 11, 2017
Time: 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: UNHQ, Conference Room 4, GA Building

Born in Riga, she started her schooling in refugee camps in Germany, then lived in Morocco and Canada, obtaining a Ph.D. at McGill University (1965). After a distinguished career as Professor of psychology and international scholar at the University of Montreal, she returned to her native country in 1998 to head the Latvian Institute. Less than a year later she was elected President by the Latvian Parliament and re-elected in 2003.

She is a member, board member or patron of 30 international organizations, including the World Leadership Alliance, the Board of Trustees of the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre (Co-chair), and the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as five Academies; Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University.

Dr. Vike-Freiberga has been awarded 34 Orders of Merit (1st class) and 19 Honorary doctorates, as well as many medals, prizes and honors, for distinguished work in the humanities and social sciences. She has published 14 books and authored over 200 articles, book chapters, reports, and audiovisual materials.

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