Vaira Vike-Freiberga

President of the Club de Madrid, former President of the Republic of Latvia

Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga is the President of the Club de Madrid. She is the former President of the Republic of Latvia, a position she held for two terms. As President, she is known for her role in Latvia’s NATO membership and accession to the European Union (2004), and for raising the nation's recognition in the world through her work at the UN, the EU and other international activities. She was named Special Envoy to the Secretary General on United Nations reform and was official candidate for UN Secretary General in 2006. In December 2007, she was appointed by the European Council vice-chair of the Reflection group on the long term future of Europe. In 2011-2012 she chaired the High-level group on Freedom and pluralism of the media in the EU. She is co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

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