Saturday, January 21, 2012

Iveta Radičová

Iveta Radičová (born 7 December 1956) is the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Minister of Defence and a member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party. She was sworn into office on 8 July 2010 as the head of a four-party center-right coalition government following the 2010 Slovak parliamentary election, until the fall of her government on 11-12 October 2011. She was Slovakia's first female prime minister.

Personal Life
Radičová was born in Bratislava on 7 December 1956. She has one daughter and is the widow of Stano Radič, a famous Slovak comedian and actor who died in 2005. In addition to her native Slovak, Radičová speaks English and Russian fluently and has good knowledge of German and Polish.

Academic Career
Radičová began her academic career studying sociology at the Comenius University in Bratislava, earning a PhD in 1981. Radičová worked as a sociologist at the Slovak Academy of Sciences from 1979–1989, coordinating a research team for family policies. In 1990, she pursued postdoctoral studies for a year at the University of Oxford. Upon her return to Slovakia in 1991, Radičová founded the Center for Analysis of Social Policy, one of Slovakia's first NGOs, and served as its executive director until 2005. During this period, Radičová also lectured in the departments of sociology, political science, and social work at Comenius University. In 2005, she was named a Professor of Sociology by the Faculty of Philosophy at Comenius University, making her Slovakia's first female professor of sociology.

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