Born in 1949 in Timor Leste, José Ramos-Horta dedicated his adult life to the fight for the independence of his country. After independence in 2002, he served as a Senior Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and Defense Minister and President from 2007 to 2012. His role as a mediator and peacemaker was internationally recognized when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996.
From 2013 to 2014 he was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. During 2014-2016, he was the Chair of the High Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations, to review UN peace and security mechanisms and Co-Chair, International Commission on Multilateralism (UN Reform). President Ramos-Horta is a committed advocate of human rights, child rights, poverty eradication and environment. Additionally, Mr. Ramos-Horta is the president of the World Democracy Movement, Washington, Commissioner- Global Leadership Foundation, and Global Commission on. Drug Policies.
He is also a columnist at the digital Walstreet International Magazine.
His articles have appeared in Huffington Post, The Hill, New York Times, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Jakarta Post, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, among others. He has recently published a book – Words of Hope in Troubled Times and has his own TV Show called “The Horta Show” on the Public National TV RTTL.