His Excellency Mr. José Manuel Ramos-Horta
Former President of Timor-Leste
The 4th President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense between and Foreign Affairs Minister. He is also a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Before his presidency, José Ramos-Horta studied Public International Law at Hague Academy of International Law and at Antioch College in Yellow Spring, Ohio where he completed a Master of Arts degree in Peace Studies. He was also trained in Human Rights Law at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the same time when he completed Post-Graduate courses in American Foreign Policy at Columbia University, New York. He is a Senior Associate Member of the University of Oxford's St Antony's College.
His priorities are to ensure that his people enjoy peace and security in a strong, prosperous, proud and democratic country. He is dedicated to eradicating poverty in his country through improved public health and education, and through provision of an environment where business can thrive to providing employment for his people.
José Ramos-Horta has been working towards the normalisation of relations with Indonesia, developing relations with neighbours, and being an active participant of the United Nations. He advocates UN reform at many levels, from its bloated bureaucracy to new Human Rights Council truly representing human rights values.