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Dalia Grybauskaitė      

President of Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė was born in Vilnius on 1 March 1956. She studied at Vilnius Salomėja Nėris Secondary School.

In 1983, she graduated political economy from the then Leningrad University.

In 1988, she defended her thesis at Moscow Academy of Public Sciences and received doctoral degree in economics. In 1993, the Research Council of Lithuania granted her an academic degree of doctor of social sciences.

In 1992, she completed a special six-month program for senior executives at Georgetown University in Washington.

In 1983, she worked as scientific secretary at the society "Žinija" under the Academy of Sciences.

She was Head of the Agriculture Division at Vilnius High Party School in 1983-1984, and later, from 1985 to 1990 - a lecturer at the Department of Political Economy.

In August 1990-1991, she was scientific secretary at the Lithuanian Institute of Economics under the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Lithuania.

In 1991, she became a program director in Prime Minister's office. The same year, she was appointed Director of the European Department at the Ministry of International Economic Relations.

In 1993, she served as Director of the Economic Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1994, she was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Lithuanian Mission to the EU.

From 1996-1999, Dalia Grybauskaitė acted as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Lithuanian Embassy in the US.

She served as vice finance minister from 1999 to 2000, vice foreign minister from 2000 to 2001, and finance minister from 2001 to 2004.

In 2004, Dalia Grybauskaitė was appointed EU commissioner responsible for financial programming and budget.

In November 2005, she was elected Commissioner of the Year for her efforts to reform the EU budget.

Dalia Grybauskaitė serves as the president of Lithuania since July 12, 2009.

The President speaks four foreign languages: English, Russian, Polish, basic French.

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