Dace Akule named Director of PROVIDUS
News source: Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia
Dace Akule, a member of the PASOS Board of Directors from 2008-2010, has been named director of the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS.
In her seven years as a researcher at PROVIDUS, Akule has worked on numerous projects concerning immigration and European integration. In 2011, she participated in the creation of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), and in 2012 she prepared a return migration plan in conjunction with the Latvian Ministry of Economy and the Foreign Policy Council. In order to facilitate compromise-oriented discussion for an inclusive Latvian society, she held a “citizens’ debate on integration” in February 2012.
“Positive changes in Latvia would be unthinkable without the active support and quality of civic engagement,” Akule said. “PROVIDUS will continue to offer expertise in government and legislation, as well as to further orient the discussion among decision-makers and the general public.”
During her time on the PASOS Board, she served as Treasurer. Akule has worked on a wide variety of PASOS projects, including “Political participation of third country nationals on national and local level in selected EU countries.”
Akule holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and a bachelor’s degree in communication science from the University of Latvia.
Akule will replace Vita Tērauda on June 1. Tērauda, who has led the think tank since it was founded in 2002, is stepping down to spend more time with her family in the United States, according to a statement on the PROVIDUS website. She will continue to follow public policy developments in Latvia, PROVIDUS said.