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Dr Ferrero-Waldner has made her name in Austrian politics and is a respected speaker who is especially knowledgeable about European and international relations
European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, 2004-2009
European Commissioner for Trade and European Neighbourhood Policy, 2009 - 2010
Foreign Minister of Austria, 2000–2004
Presidential candidate for the Austrian People’s Party during the 2004 elections
Topics covered include The European Union, International Business Relations and Is there a Future for Europe?
Speaking with confidence about the subjects in which she is an expert, Ferrero-Waldner can inform and inspire her audience.
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Benita Ferrero-Waldner began
in 1984, after spending several years working in the private sector. Her roles gradually became more influential and at one point she worked in
, the then
Benita Ferrero-Waldner was born in
on 5 September 1948. After completing school, she went on to study at the
University of Salzburg
, achieving a
doctorate in law
, both of whom were
. She held this position between 1995 and 2000, when she became
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In 2004, Ferrero-Waldner became the
Austrian People’s Party’s presidential candidate
. Although she lost the election, it was by a small margin and later in the same year she went on to become
Austria’s European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
, which she remained until 2009, when she became the
European Commissioner for Trade and European Neighbourhood Policy.
Ferrero-Waldner became a member of global reinsurance firm
Munich Re’s Board of Directors
in 2010. She also sits on the
Board of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica S.A
company specialising in wind turbines. She is also a member of the
Alpine Supervisory Board
, of the
International Advisory Board of Norman Foster
and of the
Foundation Príncipe de Asturias y Girona
. She is also a
Foundation for International Relations and Dialogue (FRIDE)
, a European think-tank examining
Her most recent positions include being made a
president of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Foundatin (EULAC)
chairman of the Euroamérica Foundation
, both in 2011.
, Ferrero-Waldner was instrumental in a high profile case involving the release of six prisoners who were being held by
. The Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses were accused of deliberately infecting children in their care with HIV, something that they had consistently denied. The
had attracted worldwide interest, with experts stating that the mass infection was probably due to other causes and information eventually emerging that the suspects had been tortured into confessing to the crimes. They had been imprisoned for eight years and Ferrero-Waldner had visited them regularly, eventually helping to enable their release to
in July 2007.
Personal and Charitable Interests
Benita Ferrero-Waldner married her first husband, teacher Wolfgang Sterr, in 1974. They remained together until 1983, when they divorced. Ferrero-Waldner remarried ten years later. Her second husband is Professor Francisco Ferrero Campos, a lecturer at the
University of Vienna
Ferrero-Waldner has worked to help improve the lives of children infected with HIV and those who have developed AIDS.
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