The Hon. John Howard AC
Liberal Party, Australia

Deputy Chairman

The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP
Conservative Party, United Kingdom

Assistant Chairmen

The Rt. Hon. William Hague MP
Conservative Party, United Kingdom

The Hon. Shane L. Stone AC, QC, PGDK
Liberal Party, Australia

The Hon. Henrique Fernando Salas Römer
Proyecto Venezuela, Venezuela

Vice Chairmen

Dr. Kizza Besigye
Chairman, DUA
Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda

Hon. Reinhold Bocklet MdL
Christian Social Union, Germany

Hon. John Chiang
Kuomintang, Republic of China

Hon. Tony Clement MP
Conservative Party, Canada

Hon. Alexander Downer
Liberal Party, Australia

Hon. Per-Kristian Foss MP
EDU Chairman,
Conservative Party, Norway

Peter Goodfellow
National Party, New Zealand

Hon. Peter Hintze MdB
Christian Democrat Union, Germany

Senator Carlos Larrain
Renovacion Nacional, Chile

Hon. Peter Mac Manu
New Patriotic Party, Ghana

Hon. Etibar Mammadov
National Independence Party, Azerbaijan

Prime Minister Petr Necas
Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Czech Republic

Senator Jovino Novoa
Chairman, Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA)
Union Democrata Independiente, Chile

Dr. Koh, Seung-Duk MP
Saenuri Party (New Frontier Party)

Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), Austria

Hon. Jose Ricardo Taveras
Fuerza Nacional Progresista, Dominican Republic

Rt. Hon Baroness Warsi
Conservative Party, United Kingdom

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe MP
Chairman, APDU
United National Party, Sri Lanka

Hon. Jan Zahradil MEP
President, AECR
Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Czech Republic


Lord Ashcroft KCMG
Conservative Party, United Kingdom

Political Auditor

Eva Gustavsson
Moderate Party, Sweden

Secretary General

Eirik Moen
Conservative Party, Norway


Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger

Michael Spindelegger was the former Minister of Finance, Vice Chancellor and Chairman of the Austrian People´s Party (ÖVP) until 2014

Born on 21 December 1959 close to Vienna, Austria, Michael Spindelegger went to Grammar School in Lower Austria and completed his officer´s training at the Austrian Military Service. After finishing his university degree as Doctor of Law Spindelegger was Assistant Lecturer for Criminal Law. In the late 1980's Spindelegger became member of the cabinet of the Minister of Defence. A trainee program at the Federation of Austrian Industrialists allowed him to gain work experience in companies like Alcatel Austria, Siemens and the Austrian Power Industry followed by an Austrian bank.

He started his political career as member of the Federal Chamber in the Austrian Parliament in the early 90ies followed by a mandate in the National Assembly and subsequently becoming member of the European Parliament as well. He was his party´s speaker on Foreign Affairs and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as head of the Austrian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2006 Michael Spindelegger became Deputy Speaker of the Austrian Parliament which position he held until 2008 when he became Foreign Minister of Austria. On 21 April 2011 Spindelegger was sworn in as Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria. He officially took over the party leadership of the Austrian People´s Party (ÖVP) in May of the same year. Following the elections in September 2013 which saw ÖVP return to government, Michael Spindelegger took over as Minister of Finance. He resigned as Deputy Chancellor, Finance Minister and OVP Party Chairman in August 2014.

Michael Spindelegger is married and has two sons.



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