Iveta Radičová: Prime Minister, Slovakia, 2010 - 2012
Iveta Radičová was the Prime Minister of Slovakia from 2010 to 2012. During her tenure as Prime Minister she led the 2010 - 2012 Coalition government, and for a brief moment she also held the post of Minister of Defence. Radičová began her political career in 1990 as a member of the Public Against Violence movement, serving as a spokesperson for the party until 1992. From 2005 to 2006, she served as Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family in the center-right government of Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda. Radičová was then elected as a member of the Parliament of Slovakia on the party list of Dzurinda's liberal-conservative Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party (SDKU-DS) in the 2006 parliamentary election. Following the 2006 election, Radičová officially became a member of SDKU-DS and was elected as Deputy Chairman of the party and as Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs and Housing. Radičová was sworn in as Slovakia's first female Prime Minister on July 8, 2010, heading a coalition government of SDKU-DS, SaS, KDH, and Most-Híd. She was Prime Minister until April 4, 2012. Radičová has since retired from politics and wrote a book on her experience as Prime Minster.
In addition to politics, Radičová has had a successful 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. In Spring 2013, she returned to Oxford, as a Visiting Fellow. Radičová speaks English and Russian fluently, in addition to her native Slovak, and has good knowledge of German and Polish.
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