Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga is President of the Club of Madrid and former President of the Republic of Latvia (1999 – 2007). She was instrumental in achieving membership in the European Union and NATO for her country and raised the nation's recognition through her international activities. She was named United Nations Special Envoy on UN reform in 2005 and was official candidate for UN Secretary General in 2006.
Since 2007, she has been solicited as speaker on democracy, social issues, moral values, European historical dialogue, security and defence policy. In 2007 she was appointed Vice-chair of the Reflection group on the long-term future of Europe. In 2011-2012 she chaired the High-level group on freedom and pluralism of the media in the EU. Since 2014, she is President of the Club de Madrid of over 100 democratically elected former Heads of State and Government.