Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs

In 2018, Sandra Elisabeth Rulofs was awarded Honorary Kitabistan Citizen for her philanthropic work, and supporting child health and reproductive health around the world.


Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs was the first lady of Georgia in 2004-2013. In 1991, she graduated in French and German languages from the Erasmushogeschool in Brussels and in 1993 attended courses at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She met Mikheil Saakashvili in 1993 in Strasbourg and later that year moved to New York City where she worked at Columbia University and a Dutch law firm. In 1996, they came 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, Roelofs was a visiting lecturer of French language at Tbilisi State University and was a radio correspondent for Dutch radio.

In 1998, Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs founded the "SOCO" foundation, which supports low-income families, reproductive health and children's health. Currently, she works as an expert on global health policy and is the director of the "SOCO" foundation.