Who is Dace Melbārde?

Dace Melbārde

Minister for Culture, Latvia

Dace Melbārde is the Minister for Culture of Latvia since 31 October 2013.

It is her return to the Ministry of Culture where she worked as Deputy State Secretary on Cultural Policy (2004–2009). Dace Melbārde has also worked as Country Manager of the British Council Latvia (2009–2011) and Director of the National State Centre for Arts Education and Intangible Heritage (2011–2013) and the organizer of the Latvian Song and Dace Celebration in 2013.

In 1999, she became Secretary General of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and spent five years working on various nationally relevant projects such as integration of the components of culture into the Latvian National Development Plan and the National Programme of the Lisbon Strategy. As she took upon the role of the Minister for Culture, she also returned to the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO as its president. In 2013, Dace Melbārde was Chairperson of the Culture Commission during the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

Dace Melbārde holds MA in Theory of Culture (Latvian Academy of Culture, 1996) and MS in Public Administration (University of Latvia, 2001).