Edgars Rinkēvičs

Edgars Rinkēvičs

Minister of Foreign Affairs
minsek [at] mfa.gov.lv

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 - 07/2011 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, Chief of Staff
  • 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