Dace Melbārde
Minister for Culture
Dace Melbārde
Minister for Culture
Last Updated: 07.02.2019

EDUCATION
2007 - Doctoral studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture 
1998 – 2001 Master of Social Science with Specialization in Public Administration, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia
1994 – 1996 Master of Arts with Specialization in Culture Theory, Administration and History, Latvian Academy of Culture
1990 – 1994 Bachelor of History, Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia 
1978 – 1989 Valmiera Secondary School No. 1 (Valmiera State Gymnasium)

FURTHER EDUCATION
2017 - Courses “Seven Habits of Highly Efficient People”, Lifelong Learning and Culture Institute Vitae and Franklin Covey Education
2017 - French  language courses, French Institute in Latvia 
2010 - Seminar  “Co-operation Skills for Effective Partnerships”
2009 - “Performance Management Systems”, British Council’s on-line courses
2009 - “Application of the Global Planning System to Financial and Operational Planning and Monitoring”, British Council
2003 - Courses of further education in pedagogy, Riga City Teachers’ Education Centre
2002 - Upskilling courses for Secretaries-General of the UNESCO National Commissions (Paris)
2002 - Courses “Building Public Relations”, Centre for Fine Arts
2000 - French  language courses, French Institute in Latvia 
1999 - English language courses for youth workers, Plymouth University (UK)
1999 - Courses for organisers of intercultural camps, Soros Foundation – Latvia and the National Language Programme
1998 - UNDP Education Programme “Women and Entrepreneurship”
1997 – 1998 - Training programme for organisers of international youth exchange projects within the framework of the EU program “Youth for Europe”
1996 - 1997 - EP’s course for  educators “Museum as the Supplement to the Education Process” 

WORK EXPERIENCE
October 2017 – November 2017 - Vice-President of 39 CG - UNESCO 
2014 – until now - Chairperson of the Song and Dance Celebration Council 
October 2013 – November 2013 - Chairperson of the Culture Commission of 37 CG - UNESCO 
31 October 2013 –  until now - Member of the Council of the Society Integration Foundation 
31 October 2013 –  until now -Member of the Council of the State Culture Capital Foundation Since October 31, 2013 – Minister for Culture of the Republic of Latvia
2011 – 2013 Director of the Latvian National Centre for Culture
2009 – 2011 Head of the British Council representation in Latvia
2007 – 2009  Expert on cultural issues for the expert group of the National Development Plan 2007–2013 "Increase in Human Well-being" 
2006 – 2009 Member of the Artistic Board of the Latvian National Song and Dance Festival 
2005 – 2009 Guest lecturer at the Latvian Culture College. Lecture course: "Culture Policy" 
2004 – 2009 Deputy State Secretary for Culture Policy Affairs of the Ministry of Culture
2004 – 2009 Guest lecturer at the University College of Economics and Culture. Lecture courses: "The Culture Policy of Latvia", "Culture Management", "International Cultural Systems"
2004 – 2006 Member of the Council "Education for All" of the Cabinet of Ministers 
1999 – 2004 Secretary General of the Latvian National Commission, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
2003 – 2005 Chairperson of the Council for Preservation and Development of Riga Historical Centre
2003 – 2005 Member of the Artistic Board of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival
1999 – 2004 Consultant for Youth Affairs in Rīga Northern District
1999 – 2001 Advisor to the Director of the State Youth Initiative Centre, Ministry of Education and Science
1996 – 1999  Deputy Director of the State Youth Initiative Centre, Ministry of Education and Science
1994 – 1996 Head of the Culture Centre at the Police Academy of Latvia
1992 – 1995 Senior Expert for Education and Information Work at the Latvian War Museum

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
2010 - Author and Head of the Creativity Week Project in Latvia
2004 – 2006 - Head of the Working Group of State Cultural Policy Guidelines "National State"
2004 – 2005 - Author and initiator of the International Forum "Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Youth, Education and Development"
2002 – 2003 - UNESCO pilot project “Baltic Cultural Tourism Policy Paper”.  The head of the project monitoring group in Latvia and a member of the project development working group in the Baltic States
2001 – 2003 - Baltic States' Project “The Tradition of the Song Festival and Symbolism in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania” (Application of the Song Festival to Proclaim the Humanity's Intangible Cultural Masterpieces)
2001 - 2003 - Head of the Working Group of the Baltic Sea Region  of UNESCO global initiative "Education for Everyone"
2000 - Head of the 21st International Hanza Days' Youth Program
1999 – 2000 - Author and Head of the 1st Latvian Youth Congress Project; Author and Head of the program “Me and My Age” Program for the International Year of Peace
1998 - 1999 - Co-author of  TV competition Erudīts, author of the program Mans ceļš uz Latviju dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Republic of Latvia.
1997 - 1998 - Author and manager of the “School and Museum” project implemented with the support of the Soros Foundation Latvia.  Author of the projects “Latvian Youth Information Days” and “Days of Latvian Universities”

AWARDS
2013 - The Order of the Three Stars, Third Class
2013 - Certificate of Recognition of the Cabinet of Ministers 
2005 - Spidola Award by the National Cultural Foundation for the Excellence in the Management of Culture 
2005 - The finalist of the world competition  “Outstanding Young Person” organised by the Junior Chamber International; winner of the Latvian competition in the category “Achievements in Culture”
2001 - Multiple certificates of recognition of the Ministry of Education and Science; awards of Sweden, Norway  and the Netherlands
 

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Latvian – native, English and Russian – fluent, French and German – good command, Latin - basic knowledge