Sandra Roelofs is the First Lady of Georgia and is married to President Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia. Read her biography and see photos and a video below.
Sandra Roelofs likes to say she is Dutch by birth and Georgian by destiny. In her childhood she had an ambition to become a writer, and later, when her first story was published, she used a penname — Ardnas Sfoleor. It was in fact, her first and last name written backwards. She is an author of an autobiographic book, “The Story of an Idealist.”
As First Lady of the country of Georgia, Roelofs says she is not involved in politics however is supportive of the executive branch of power’s ability to implement reforms especially in health, social and educational and sometimes cultural spheres, establishing bridges between Georgia’s government and Georgia’s population.
I am especially busy promoting a healthy life style and fighting against the use of drugs and tobacco. I am working on prevention and better care of infectious diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. I take a special interest in improving reproductive health issues and giving young mothers and newborns better care and full information on health issues.
As I have been involved in health projects and charity for the past seven years, my interest for the medical science has increased and now I am studying to be a medical nurse, next summer I will enter the Georgian labor market!
Prior to this latest conflict between Georgia and Russia, Sandra Roelof was part of Georgia’s delegation to the Beijing Olympics. There were early rumors that the Georgian athletes will be returning home early in protest but now have decided to stay at the games.
Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs was born on December 23, 1968 in Terneuzen, the Netherlands so her age is 40. She is the First Lady of Georgia, the wife of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.
She graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages in Brussels and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
She met Mikheil Saakashvili in 1993 while attending a course on human rights in Strasbourg and later that year moved to New York where she worked at Columbia University and a Dutch law firm. They married in 1993 in New York. In 1996 the couple returned to Georgia, where Roelofs worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tbilisi.
From 1999 to 2003, Sandra Roelofs was a visiting lecturer at Tbilisi State University, where she also worked on her doctoral thesis on linguistic aspects of French in Belgium. Aside from her native Dutch, Sandra E. Roelofs speaks French, English, German, and Russian. Additionally, she is reported to be fluent in Georgian.
Roelofs and Saakashvili have two sons, Eduard and Nikoloz.
“The First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Roelofs” Video
Sandra Roelofs – Video