Edgars Rinkēvičs

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Date of birth:

21 September 1973

Ethnicity:

Latvian

Nationality:

Republic of Latvia


Education

1999 - 2000

U.S. National Defence University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Master’s Degree (MS) in National Resource Strategy

1995 - 1997

University of Latvia, Master’s degree in Political Science

1994 - 1995

Groningen University (The Netherlands), Political Sciences and International Relations Studies (certificate)

1991 - 1995

University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Bachelor’s degree


Professional experience

since 25 October 2011

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

10/2008 - 10/2011

Chancery of the President of Latvia, Head of the Chancery

08/1997 - 10/2008

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Secretary of State

2005 - 01/2007

Office for organising the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government, Office Manager

2002 - 2003

Deputy Head of the Latvian delegation for accession negotiations with NATO

05/1997 - 08/1997

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Acting Secretary of State

09/1996 - 05/1997

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Under Secretary of State for Defence Policy Matters

03/1996 - 09/1996

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Policy Department, Director

1995 - 03/1996

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Policy Department, Senior Desk Officer

1993 - 1994

Latvijas Radio, Journalist, foreign policy and international relations topics

 

Awards

2013

Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland

2007

Grand Officer of the Order of Three Stars

2007

NATO award For Meritorious Service

2006

The Order of Orange-Nassau, the Kingdom of Netherlands

2005

The Order of Merit, the Republic of Estonia

2005

The Order of Merit, the Italian Republic

2005

Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

2004

Commander of the Great Cross of the Order of Viesturs

2004

Republic of Latvia Minister of Defence Award - Commemorative Medal for Advancing Latvia's Accession to NATO

2000

Republic of Latvia Minister of Defence Award - Medal of Honourable Merit for Contribution to Armed Forces Development

  

Language skills

Latvian

native

English

excellent

Russian

excellent

French

good