Ms Dace Melbarde, Latvia
Chairperson of the Culture Commission (CLT)
Ms Dace Melbarde, former Director of the Latvian National Centre for Culture, has just been appointed Latvian Minister of Culture. Between 2009 and 2011 she was Country Manager of the British Council in Latvia. From 2004 to 2009, she served as Under-Secretary of State on Cultural Policy issues of the Latvian Ministry of Culture where she was instrumental in developing the new Long-Term National Cultural Policy Guidelines for 2006 – 2015 “Nation-State”. From 1999 to 2004, Ms Melbarde was appointed Secretary-General of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, contributing successfully to its promotion within Latvia and UNESCO. She received numerous awards, such as the Spidola Award by the National Cultural Foundation for the Excellence in the Management of Culture in 2005 and the Award by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia for the Achievements in Building the Latvian State in 2002. She is a recognized expert of the Latvian National Development Plan. Ms Melbarde holds a BA in History, an MA in Theory of Culture and MA in Public Management. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in Theory of Culture at the Latvian Academy of Culture.