Dalia Grybauskaitė
President of the Republic of Lithuania

President Dalia Grybauskaitė was born on March 1, 1956 in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. She studied at Salomėja Nėris Secondary School and in 1975, at the age of nineteen, started working as a staff inspector at the State Philharmonic in Vilnius. A year later, Dalia Grybauskaitė attended the University in Leningrad, where she studied political economy.

After completing her studies, she returned to Vilnius and for a few months worked as a secretary in charge in the society Žinija under the Academy of Sciences. From 1983-1984, she was head of the agriculture division at Vilnius High Party School and from 1985-1990, served as a lecturer at the Department of Political Economy. In 1991 she completed a special program for senior executives at Georgetown University and in 1993, the Lithuanian Council of the Academy of Sciences acknowledged Dalia Grybauskaitė with an academic doctorate social sciences degree.

After completing the program at Georgetown University, she became a program director in the Prime Minister's Office of the Republic of Lithuania. In the same year, she became director of the European Department at the Ministry of International Economic Relations and in 1993, she became director of the Economic Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

President Grybauskaitė was appointed to the Extraordinary Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister at the Lithuanian Mission to the EU where she acted as the Plenipotentiary Minister at the Lithuanian Embassy in the USA.

In 1999, she returned to Lithuania and began working as deputy minister of Finance in Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius' Office. In 2000, she was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and in 2001, she became Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania in the Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas' Office. In 2003, she was awarded the Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.

In May 2004, under a resolution passed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė was stationed to work in the European Commission, where she was entrusted with one of the most important areas in charge of financial programming and budget of the European Union. After spending one-year in the European Commission, she was elected 2005 Commissioner of the Year.

While serving as the EU Commissioner, she implemented one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the European Union: initiated the reform of the Community's budget with the objective of ensuring a more expedient, efficient and transparent use of funds.

In response to tremendous support from the Lithuanian people, on February 26, 2009 Dalia Grybauskaitė announced she would run for President and in the first election round, was elected President of the Republic of Lithuania on May 17, 2009.

President Grybauskaitė speaks four foreign languages: English, Russian, Polish and Lithuanian, is fond of classical music and in her personal time likes to read and watch sports.

Source: Information provided by the Office of President Dalia Grybauskaitė