Vaira Vike-Freiberga

President of Latvia (1999-2007) and NGIC Co-Chair

Vaira Vike-Freiberga was the sixth President Republic of Latvia and the first female President in both Latvia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Freiberga is a professor and interdisciplinary scholar, having published eleven books and numerous articles, essays and book chapters in addition to her extensive speaking engagements. She was instrumental in achieving membership of the European Union and NATO for her country, and remains active in international politics – she was named Special Envoy to the Secretary General on United Nations reform, and was an official candidate for UN Secretary General in 2006. She remains active in the international arena and continues to speak in defense of liberty, equality and social justice, and for the need of Europe to acknowledge the whole of its history. She is also known for her work in psycholinguistics, semiotics and analysis of the oral literature of her native country.