Latvian Academy of Agriculture, Jelgava, engineering and silviculture, 1958. Spoken languages: Russian, English.
Member, Supreme Council of Latvia, since 1989. Vice-chairman, Commission on Environmental Protection. Member, Joint Budget Commission.
Chairman, Commission on Ecology. Member, Council of Directors for the Centre of Innovations in Agriculture, Ogre, since 1992.
Spouse Eriks Zakis, 1958. Children: leva, Ugis.