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Aivis Ronis Joins Global Fairness Initiative Board


Distinguished former Latvian minister and diplomat joins international team of leaders on the GFI Board of Directors

Washington, DC – The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), an International NGO working to create more equitable, sustainable livelihoods for the working poor, has announced that Aivis Ronis will join the GFI Board of Directors. Brining an extensive career in diplomatic service, Mr. Ronis joins a GFI Board comprised of leaders and luminaries representing government, civil society, labor, and private industry from throughout the globe.

"It is a distinct pleasure to welcome a fellow diplomat from my region to the Board of Directors.” said Former President of Slovenia and GFI Board Chair Danilo Türk. “Mr. Ronis brings both great experience and an essential collaborative spirit to this this excellent organization and he will be a great benefit to GFI’s important work.”

Ambassador Ronis is currently an independent business and NATO consultant. Previously he served as Latvia's Minister of Transportation, as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, as Ambassador to the U.S., and Ambassador to Mexico. He was with the Latvian diplomatic service since its re-establishment in 1991, where he served as Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs as well as ambassador to Turkey. Prior to his diplomatic career he was a TV journalist and Latvian youth chess champion. He has also served as Latvia's Ambassador to NATO and has worked in the private sector in Latvia.

“It has been my privilege to know and work with Ambassador Ronis from many years and it is with great enthusiasm that I welcome him to the GFI Board.” said Karen Tramontano, founder of the Global Fairness Initiative. “Aivis joins a Board of distinguished leaders from around the globe representing the multiple sectors central to GFI’s work, and we are lucky to have him.”

The Global Fairness Initiative is an International NGO that works to create a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development, and to make our global economy work for those who need it most, the world’s working poor. For over a decade GFI has steadily built a track record of success through innovative programs to reduce poverty, enfranchise informal communities, and advance human rights and livelihoods in all parts of the world.


Aivis Ronis' biography, and the full press release announcing his addition to the GFI Board of Directors, can be viewed or downloaded below.