Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Tue 12 Jun - Tue 19 Jun, 2001
(Session 388)

no photo available Vaira Vike-Freiberga (Faculty)

Country/Region: Latvia

Club de Madrid

President, Republic of Latvia, Riga

Biography:
Vaira VIKE-FREIBERGA is president of the Republic of Latvia. She was elected to the presidency in June of 1999, and assumed a four-year term of head of state in July of the same year. She is a member of the Council of the Women World Leaders, a member of the council of the Center for Folklore and Popular Ethnography in Riga, and the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Prior to assuming the presidency of Latvia, she served as the director of The Latvian Institute in Riga, as special consultant on cultural affairs to the prime minister of Latvia, and as policy adviser to the Latvian Cultural Foundation. President Vike-Freiberga is the former vice-chairman of the Science Council of Canada, and a former professor of psychology at the University of Montreal, where she taught from 1965 to 1998. President Vike-Freiberga is the author of seven books, numerous scholarly papers and book chapters, and is a regular speaker and lecturer, as well as the director and president of the Latvian Cultural Heritage Seminars "Divreizdivi." She has received honorary degrees from Victoria University in Toronto, Canada, from the Academy of Sciences in Riga, and from Queen's University in Kingston. President Vike-Freiberga earned a B.A. in general arts from Victoria College, the University of Toronto; an M.A. in psychology from the University of Toronto; and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from McGill University, Montreal.