Dr. Ivo Sanader was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia from December 2003- 2009. After winning the November 2007 elections, he was re-elected and confirmed by the Croatian Parliament in January 2008. In his second term in office, Dr. Sanader assembled a government coalition led by his Croatian Democratic Union, which includes two other centrist parties and the representatives of national minorities.
He was first elected Member of Parliament in 1992. He also held various Cabinet positions: Minister of Science and Technology (1992-93), Deputy Foreign Minister (1993-95 and 1996-2000) and Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic of Croatia and Secretary General of the Defense and National Security Council (1995-96). In April 2000, Dr. Sanader was elected President of the Croatian Democratic Union with a platform for reforming it into a modern center-right party. Under this platform, he won the 2003 elections and has led the Croatian Government since. He was re-elected President of the Croatian Democratic Union in 2002, 2004 and 2008. Dr. Sanader is also Vice-President of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) since 2007, and Vice-President of the International Democrat Union (IDU) since 2008.
Prior to his political career, Dr. Sanader was General Manager of the Croatian National Theatre in Split. He also pursued a career in publishing and business in Croatia and Austria. He is the author of several books on literary history and contemporary politics. He has received numerous Croatian and international awards, including the “Vašek and Anna Maria Polak Charitable Foundation Award” and the “Vittorino Colombo Award”.
Dr. Sanader obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Romance Languages from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.