The following candidates have been elected at the ALDE Party Congress in London.
Sir Graham Watson
Liberal Democrats, UK
Sir Graham Watson is the current President of the ALDE Party. He was elected on a two-year mandate at the Party Congress in Palermo, Italy in 2011.
He has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1994, where he has served as Leader of the UK Liberal Democrat delegation, as Chairman of the Committee on Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2001) and as Leader of the ALDE Group (2002-2009). He was re-elected for a fourth mandate in 2009 and currently sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
He became active in Liberal politics in the 1970s and has consistently demonstrated an interest in international matters: he was active as a Vice President (1977-1979) and Secretary General (1979-1981) of the International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth and as a founder member of LYMEC and served on the ELDR Council during the 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been centrally involved in the UK Liberal Democrats and served as head of the private office of the party leader David Steel from 1983-1987.
Dr Marc Guerrero i Tarragó
CDC, Catalonia, Spain
Marc Guerrero is a Vice President of the ALDE Party, first elected on a two-year mandate in November 2009, re-elected in November 2011.
He is a board member of Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC),the ruling party in Catalonia, and is currently the Director of Sant PAU-BCN's UNESCO world heritage site. He served as Secretary General of LYMEC from 1998 to 2000 and as Head of the Institutional Relations office of the Catalan Prime Minister from 2001 to 2003. Outside of politics, he is a published professor (Prince Fellow Award) of International Relations at the European University and founded a successful international trade company. In 2012 he was awarded the Foro Europa 2001 Gold Medal.
Lousewies van der Laan
D66, the Netherlands
Lousewies van der Laan is a Vice President of the ALDE Party, first elected on a two-year mandate in November 2009, re-elected in November 2011.
She was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2003 and served as a Vice President of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. She was a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, the last year as parliamentary group leader, and the Chef de Cabinet for the Presidency of the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2009 to 2011.
Before being elected as an MEP, she was the spokeswomen and member of the Cabinet of Hans van den Broek, the European Commissioner for External Relations and Enlargement.
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff is a Vice President of the ALDE Party, first elected on a two-year mandate in November 2011.
He has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2004 and has been a Vice Chair of the ALDE Group since July 2004. He sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, is Chairman of the EU-UN Working Group, and is a former Vice Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. He has been a member of the FDP’s Executive Committee since 2002.
Before being elected as an MEP, he worked as an office manager at the German Bundestag, as a desk officer at the German Foreign Office and as a press attaché for the German Embassy in Washington DC.
Karin Riis-Jørgensen was a Member of the European Parliament for a period of 15 years between 1994 and 2009. She was Vice Chair of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament from 2002 to 2009 and sat on the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs and Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committees.
She was the Deputy Chairman of the Danish European Movement from 2001 to 2007; a co-founder of the Lisbon Network and is currently a board member of the European Centre for Minority Issues, board member of PA International and Chairwoman of the European Privacy Association which she co-founded with Pat Cox in 2009.
Folkparteit Liberalerna, Sweden
Olle Schmidt has been a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 and from 2006 to present and is a member of the ALDE Group Bureau. He sits on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering, and is a substitute member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
Before being elected as an MEP, he was a Member of the Swedish Parliament from 1991 to 1994 and was a Member of the Folkpartiet liberalerna executive and member of Malmö city council and member of Malmö municipal executive board. Since 2008 is a member of the Folkpartiet liberalerna executive committee.
Four positions of Vice President are vacant.
CDC, Catalonia, Spain
Mireia Canals has been a member of the Catalan Parliament since November 2010 and the Party’s spokesperson on the Foreign Affairs and Universities and Research Committees. She is the President of the European and International Working Committee of the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) and is an active researcher in Gender and Social Studies at the University of Vic, Catalonia. Before being elected as an MP, she authored a number of children’s books and was a professor at the University of Vic and at the University of Barcelona.
Svenska Folkpartiet, Finland
Anna Jungner-Nordgren is a Vice President of the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network since November 2012. She is the Vice President of Svenska Kvinnoförbundet, the women’s organisation of Svenska Folkpartiet and is the Public Relations Secretary at the Swedish Assembly of Finland. She is an elected member of SFP’s party Council and a member of SFP's International Committee and is commissioned to be a lay judge in the District Court of Helsinki. Anna also serves in the delegation for The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, and is a member of Våldsobervatoriet, a network of women’s organisations focused on violence against women.
Radikale Venstre, Denmark
Sissel Kvist is a member and candidate for the European Parliament elections in 2014 for Radikale Venstre. She has a background in European Youth Politics and is currently a member of the LYMEC Bureau since May 2012 as campaign manager responsible for developing and managing pan-European campaigns. She currently works in public affairs while completing her Master’s degree at Copenhagen Business School.
Gesine Meißner has been a member of the European Parliament since July 2009 and is the coordinator of the ALDE Group on the Transport and Tourism Committee and is a substitute member in the Development and Fisheries Committees. From 2009 until 2012, she was a substitute member in the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. Before joining the European Parliament in 2009, she was an elected member of the regional Parliament of Lower Saxony where she chaired the Committee on Health, Social Affairs and Gender Equality since 2003. She has been a member of the Federal Executive of the FDP since 2007 and federal vice-chair of the FDP women's organisation since 2008.