Prof Miren Azkarate Villar is a Basque citizen politician and former Minister of the Basque Government. She is a professor in linguistics and Basque language, with interest in Basque morphology and language policy. She is a graduate in Philosophy and Arts from the University of Deusto and has a PhD in Basque Philology from the University of the Basque Country. Prof Azkarate is a former Vice Provost of the University of Basque Country (1996-2000) and has been Director of the university’s MA programme in Language Planning and Policy.
Previously, Prof Azakarate was the Minister of Culture at the Basque Government (2001-2009) and Spokesperson of the Basque Government (2004-2009). At present, she town councillor responsible for Culture, Language Policy, Education and the Cultural Capitality. She has been a councillor for San Sebastián City Council since 2011.