Dalia Grybauskaitė served as President of Lithuania from 2009 to 2019. She is the country’s first woman President and the only President in Lithuania’s post-Soviet history to have served two consecutive terms.
As a European Union Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budgets, she was elected Commissioner of the Year in 2005. She served as Finance Minister for Lithuania from 2001 to 2004. She served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the Lithuanian Mission to the European Union, as Deputy Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Association Agreement with the European Union, and as Minister Plenipotentiary in the Lithuanian Mission to the United States. Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was Director of the Economic Relations Department, responsible for economic diplomacy and development assistance. She also was Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Free Trade Agreement with the European Union.
Ms. Grybauskaitė holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) State University and a Doctorate in Economics from the Moscow Academy of Public Sciences.