Aivars Puriņš

Mr Aivars Puriņš

National Security Adviser to the President of Latvia, Secretary of the National Security Council
aivars.purins [at] president.lv

From 2019 to 2023, he served as a Defence Advisor at the Mission of the Republic of Latvia to NATO, Head of the Defence Division.

He joined the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia in 2000. During this time, he was Deputy State Secretary for Logistics and Support, Director of the Department of Defence Planning and Analysis, lecturer at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, the Ministry’s Representative for Resources at the Latvian Mission to NATO, Head of Unit at the Department of Plans and NATO Integration.

In 2014 and 2015, he served as Director of the Security Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

Aivars Puriņš holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Latvia and a Master’s degree in Global Security from Cranfield University in England. He has completed the Baltic Defence College’s Higher Management studies course.

Aivars Puriņš has been awarded a Certificate of Merit of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia.

Education

Higher Management Course at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia, 2007

Master of Science in Global Security, Cranfield University, UK, 2001

Master of Social Sciences in Economics, University of Latvia, 2000

Professional activity

2019–2023 – Representative of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia to NATO/EU

2015–2019 – Deputy State Secretary for Logistics and Support, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia

2014–2015 – Director of the Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

2014–2015 – Director of the Department for Defence Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia

2007–2008 – Lecturer at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia                    

2003–2007 – Representative of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia to NATO resources issues

2002–2003 – Head of Unit, Department of Plans and NATO Integration, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia

2000–2001 – Senior referent, Department of Plans and NATO Integration, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia

1997–2000 – Work in banks and leasing companies

Awards

Certificate of Merit of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia

Award of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia – Honorary Medal ‘For Contribution to the Development of the Armed Forces’

Award of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia – Commemorative Medal ‘Contributing to Latvia’s NATO Membership’

Award of the Commander of the Latvian National Armed Forces – Medal of Honour ‘For Merit’ 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class

Medal of Honour ‘For Merit’, 3rd Class from Commander of the Special Tasks Unit of the Latvian National Armed Forces

Baltic Defence College ‘Service Cross’