Known best as the wife of President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, this Dutch-born woman also had a career as a linguist.
She studied at both the Institute of Foreign Languages (Brussels, Belgium) and the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France).
She published a 2005 memoir titled The Story of an Idealist.
She and her husband raised two sons: Eduard and Nikoloz.
When she and Mikheil Saakashvili first moved to Georgia (in 1996), she was employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross. She went on to teach at Tbilisi State University (in Georgia).