Dora Bakoyannis

Dora Bakoyannis
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Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
15 February 2006 - 6 October 2009
Prime MinisterKostas Karamanlis
Preceded byPetros Molyviatis
Succeeded byGeorge Papandreou
Mayor of Athens
In office
1 January 2003 - 14 February 2006
Preceded byDimitris Avramopoulos
Succeeded byNikitas Kaklamanis
Minister for Culture
In office
3 December 1992 - 13 October 1993
Prime MinisterKonstantinos Mitsotakis
Preceded byAnna Psarouda-Benaki
Succeeded byMelina Mercouri
Personal details
Born(1954-05-06) May 6, 1954 (age 63)
Athens, Greece
Political partyNew Democracy (Before 2010; 2012-present)
Democratic Alliance (2010-2012)
Spouse(s)Pavlos Bakoyannis (m. 1974-1989; his death)
Isidoros Kouvelos (m. 1998-present)
Alma materUniversity of Munich
University of Athens


Theodora “Dora” Bakoyannis (Greek: Θεοδώρα “Ντόρα” Μπακογιάννη; pronounced [ˈcarry outɾa bakoˈʝani]; née Mitsotakis; Greek: Μητσοτάκη; delivered May 6, 1954), is certainly a Greek politician. From 2006 to 2009 she was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the best placement ever to have already been held by a female in the Cupboard of Greece at that time; she was also Chairperson-in-Office of the business for Protection and Co-operation in European countries in ’09 2009. Previously she was the Mayor of Athens from 2003 to 2006, the initial feminine mayor in the city’s background, and the initial girl to serve as mayor of the town hosting the Olympic Video games. She also offered as Minister for Lifestyle of Greece from 1992 to 1993. She’s been portion as an unbiased person in the Hellenic Parliament representing unofficially Democratic Alliance, the politics party she founded this year 2010, having been expelled in the opposition New Democracy party because of voting against the party series. IN-MAY 2012, because of the important circumstance in Greece prior to the elections and provided the set up electoral rules, Democratic Alliance made a decision to cooperate with New Democracy, predicated on a specific construction of values also to suspend its actions. Dora Bakoyannis rejoined New Democracy on 21 May 2012, prior to the parliamentary election in June, where she going the condition deputies’ ballot.

Early life and education

Bakoyannis was created in Athens in 1954 to a prominent Greek family members in neuro-scientific politics. She actually is the eldest of four kids from the experienced Greek politician Konstantinos, previous Perfect Minister of Greece and previous head of country's primary centre-right politics party New Democracy, and Marika Mitsotakis (née Giannoukou). Her family members hails from Chania, Crete, and includes a longer custom in the politics of Greece. Besides her dad and herself, various other family had been also prominent politicians such as for example her grandfather, Kyriakos, and his sibling Aristomenis, while her sibling Kyriakos is an associate from the Hellenic Parliament. She actually is also a great-granddaughter of Eleftherios Venizelos' sister. This decade-long participation continues to be reprehended as attestation for family-rule in Greek politics life.During her early classes years, she went to the German Classes of Athens. Her family members was exiled to Paris with the Greek armed forces junta in 1968, hence she finished her supplementary schooling on the German College of Paris. She after that studied political research and communication on the Ludwig Maximilian School of Munich without graduating. Following the collapse from the junta, she came back to Greece and continuing her academic research in public laws on the Country wide and Kapodistrian School of Athens. Furthermore to Greek, Bakoyannis is normally fluent in British, French and German.

Venizelos/Mitsotakis family tree

Main members from the Venizelos/Mitsotakis family. Perfect Ministers of Greece are highlighted in light blue. Kyriakos Venizelos (la) (1816–1883) Styliani Ploumidaki (1830–1897) Eleftherios Venizelos (1864–1936) Katigo Venizelou (1858–1934) Constantine "Costis" Mitsotakis (un) (1845–1898) Kyriakos Venizelos (1894–1964) Sofoklis Venizelos (1894–1964) Kyriakos Mitsotakis (un) (1892–1942) Stavroula Ploumidaki (1896–1983) Nikitas Venizelos (b. 1930) Konstantinos Mitsotakis (1918–2017) Marika Giannoukou (1930–2012) Pavlos Bakoyannis (1935–1989) Dora Bakoyannis née Mitsotaki (b. 1954) Kyriakos Mitsotakis (b. 1968) Kostas Bakoyannis (b. 1978)

Political career

Minister for Culture, 1992-1993

In the November 1989 election, Bakoyannis successfully contested her later husband's seat in the Evrytania constituency and was re-elected an associate from the Hellenic Parliament in the 1990 election and served being a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, following election of her father as Perfect Minister of Greece. From Sept 1991 to August 1992, she offered in the overall Secretariat of International Affairs for New Democracy and symbolized the party on the Western european Democrat Union as well as the International Democrat Union. Since Dec 1992, she offered as Minister for Lifestyle of Greece before 1993 election, when she was re-elected an associate of Parliament for New Democracy as the primary opposition party.

Years in opposition

On 29 Apr 1994, Bakoyannis was elected in the Central Committee of New Democracy with the party's Third Congress. In the 1996 election Bakoyannis was an applicant for an initial time in the Athens A' electoral region and was elected once again as person in Parliament, coming to begin with the applicants in it, a thing that was repeated in the 2000 election. On the other hand, on 22 March 1997, she was elected once again towards the Central Committee of New Democracy with the party's 4th Congress. She also offered for two conditions as the chairperson from the party's Professional Committee later on. In Sept 1997 she was appointed by New Democracy innovator Kostas Karamanlis in the party's Division for Development so that as Darkness Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence in-may 2000.

Mayor of Athens, 2002-2006

On 29 March 2002, Bakoyannis was selected to perform for Mayor of Athens in the 2002 regional elections, both a selection of Kostas Karamanlis who was simply buying way to show New Democracy's developing strength against the ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement and a opportunity for Bakoyannis to earn prestige by this workplace before the town hosting the Olympic video games. She was elected that which was shown as Athens' 1st feminine mayor in the city's 3,500-yr background, defeating her socialist challenger Christos Papoutsis and finding a percentage of 60.6% in the runoff. As mayor, she was greatly mixed up in preparation from the 2004 Athens Olympic Video games, the first female to provide as mayor of the town hosting the Olympic Video games, and approved the Olympic flag towards the mayor of Beijing, Wang Qishan. In 2005 she was granted the Globe Mayor Prize.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2006-2009

Bakoyannis left any office of Mayor prior to the end of her term, replaced by performing mayor Fotini Pipili, to be Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece on 15 Feb 2006 and therefore the highest-ranking girl in the annals of the Cupboard of Greece. She also maintained the position following the 2007 election, handling to become elected as an associate from the Hellenic Parliament initial among all of the applicants in the Athens A' constituency once again. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bakoyannis assumed the spinning Greek presidency from the United Nations Protection Council in Sept 2006, while at the same time of worldwide tensions over nuclear applications in Iran and North Korea and amidst a delicate US brokered cease-fire in Lebanon.During her incumbency, she marketed the cooperation in the Balkans, where Greek firms are heavily trading, traveled through the center East to greatly help outline answers to problems and went to meetings of the business for Security and Co-operation in Europe to go over developments in your community. She also marketed the ratification from the Treaty of Lisbon with the Hellenic Parliament and backed Nicolas Sarkozy's program about the Union for the Mediterranean, but didn't reach a conciliation with Turkey as well as the Republic of Macedonia within the Cyprus dispute as well as the Macedonia naming dispute respectively.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Bakoyannis served seeing that the Chairperson-in-Office of the business for Protection and Co-operation in European countries from January 2009 to 6 Oct 2009. As the politics leader from the OSCE, she was in charge of the exterior representation as well as the meetings of the business. She also oversaw the actions from the OSCE incompatible prevention, crisis administration and post-conflict treatment. During her chairmanship, she was helped by her personnel and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, the Secretary General from the OSCE, aswell as by her forerunner Alexander Stubb and successor Marat Tazhin, who both shaped along with Bakoyannis the OSCE Troika.

Later political role

Bakoyannis was expelled from New Democracy on, may 7, 2010, due to having defied New Democracy's series and voting "in favour" of the salient little bit of legislation introducing the harsh austerity methods that were necessary for Euro Union-International Monetary Finance backed financing. She continued to carry her parliamentary chair, originally guaranteed by New Democracy, as an unbiased. On November 21, 2010, she founded her very own political party known as the Democratic Alliance.A member from the Greek delegation towards the Parliamentary Assembly from the Council of Europe since 2012, Bakoyannis acts as chairwoman from the Sub-Committee on relations using the OECD as well as the EBRD. She actually is also an associate from the Committee on Politics Affairs and Democracy, which she chaired from 2014 to 2016; an associate from the Committee for the Honouring of Responsibilities and Commitments by Member Areas from the Council of European countries (Monitoring Committee); and co-rapporteur for the monitoring of Russia (alongside Liliane Maury Pasquier).In 2015, Bakoyannis was named an associate from the OSCE -panel of Eminent Individuals on Western Security like a Common Task, chaired by Wolfgang Ischinger.

Other activities

European Council about Foreign Relations (ECFR), Person in the Council


In March 1992, the International Centre for girls awarded Bakoyannis the International Leadership Award, and in June 1993, she was accepted from the 14th International Symposium Fontana di Roma on her behalf valuable contribution to culture. In 2003, upon the invitation of Romano Prodi, after that President from the Western Commission, she became a member of several 12 high-level 3rd party figures from European countries, as an associate of a renowned round-table conference, adding proposals for the social character, social identity and financial future of fresh Europe.Bakoyannis received the honor to be elected Globe Mayor in 2005, an annual internet-based task organized by Town Mayors to be able to honor the mayors who've served their areas well. Her attempts to obtain Athens prepared to sponsor the 2004 Summer season Olympics effectively, her activities to transform the town for the advantage of its occupants and her fight terrorism helped Bakoyannis earn the award. Through the competition she was highly supported from the Greek community and in addition received a large number of votes from many countries around European countries, THE UNITED STATES and Australia. She got also been consistently contained in the Forbes Magazine's Set of The World's 100 MOST EFFECTIVE Ladies from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, she was granted the Emperor Maximilian Award-European Honor for Regional Plan and MUNICIPALITY by the Condition of Tyrol and the town of Innsbruck. In '09 2009, she was called as the 1st female international associate from the French Academy in Humanities and Politics Sciences (Académie française des Sciences Morales et Politiques). The same yr, she was also granted the name of Honorary Senator from the Western Academy of Human being and Politics Sciences in Salzburg. This year 2010, Dora Bakoyannis continues to be awarded the Country wide Order from the Chevalry from the Legion of Honour from the French Republic (Ordre Nationale de Chevalier de la Legion d' Honneur). Albania: On 21 March 2008 received a duplicate of the main element of the town of Tirana around the event of her formal trip to Albania.

Personal life

In Dec 1974, she was wedded to journalist Pavlos Bakoyannis and later on gave birth with their two kids, Alexia and Kostas. In 1977, she required examinations in the Ministry of Economic Coordination and was appointed in the Division of Western Economic Community Affairs. When her dad was elected innovator of New Democracy in 1984, she offered as main of personnel until 1989. On 26 Sept 1989, her spouse, who was simply elected an associate from the Hellenic Parliament in the June 1989 election, was assassinated by users from the terrorist group Groundbreaking Business 17 November, as he joined his workplace. She was wedded to businessman Isidoros Kouvelos in 1998, but she retains her past due husband's surname.