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Grybauskaite, Dalia Grybauskaite, Dalia

Grybauskaite, Dalia

President of Lithuania (2009-2019)

Dalia Grybauskaitė is the former President of the Republic of Lithuania. She served as President from 2009
to 2019. She was the country’s first woman President and the only President in Lithuania’s post-Soviet
history to have served two consecutive terms.

After the deepening global economic crisis in 2009, Grybauskaitė left her EU post of Commissioner to run as
an independent candidate in Lithuania’s presidential election. Touting her extensive experience in finance
and economics, she registered an overwhelming victory, capturing more than 69 percent of the vote
against just under 12 percent for her nearest rival—the largest-ever margin of victory for a Lithuanian
presidential candidate. After taking office in July 2009, Grybauskaitė focused on lifting the country’s
economic fortunes. In May 2014 she won reelection. During the second term, she emphasized Lithuanian
military readiness and welcomed a NATO battle group as part of the Alliance’s “enhanced forward
presence” in Lithuania. While serving as European Union Commissioner for Financial Programming and
Budgets, she was elected Commissioner of the Year in 2005. She also served as Finance Minister for
Lithuania from 2001 to 2004. Dalia Grybauskaitė served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the Lithuanian
Mission to the European Union, Deputy Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Association Agreement with the
European Union, and Minister Plenipotentiary in the Lithuanian Mission to the United States. At 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. 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. She is also Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, at Georgetown University.

Dalia Grybauskaitė remains widely popular with the Lithuanian public after ending her second and final
second presidential term in July 2019. She continues to speak widely on women’s leadership, gender
equality, sustainable development, economic transparency and accountability. She serves on a number of
advisory boards and commissions, including the Council of Women World Leaders, the Board of Trustees of
“Friends of Europe”, and she is Co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on International Financial
Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI).

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