Imants Lieģis was Latvia’s Ambassador to NATO in the pre-accession period until Latvia joined NATO 10-years-ago. He is currently Latvia’s Ambassador to Hungary. He has worked as a career diplomat since 1992, and previously worked as a lawyer in England, where he was born and educated. From March 2009 until November 2010 Imants Lieģs served in Government as Minister of Defence (and Acting Minister of Justice from May 2010). Following that he was elected to Latvia’s Parliament for one year, working as Chairman of the European Affairs Committee and Head of Delegation to NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a Research Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and Board Member of the European Leadership Network for multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues. He has published works on foreign affairs and defence and security matters.