Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović: President, Croatia, 2015-Present
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was born on April 29, 1968 in Rijeka, Croatia. She graduated from Los Alamos High School, located in New Mexico, after a being selected for a student exchange program with the United States. In 1992, Grabar-Kitarović graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish languages and literature from the University of Zagreb. She also obtained a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Zagreb. In 2002, Grabar-Kitarović was selected as a Fulbright scholar and attended the George Washington University, and shortly after received a Luksic Fellowship for Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, Grabar-Kitarović was a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
She started her political career by becoming an advisor to the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology. In 1995, Grabar-Kitarović became the head of the Foreign Ministry's North American department, and moved on to serve as a diplomatic councilor, then minister-councilor at the Croatian Embassy in Canada. She was elected in 2003 to the Croatian Parliament, and became Minister of European Integration. By 2005, Grabar-Kitarović was Minister of Foreign Affairs. She then served as Ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011, and afterwards as Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Public Diplomacy. Grabar-Kitarović was the first woman to hold this position. In February 2015, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was sworn in as President of Croatia, after becoming the Croatian Democratic Union's official candidate. She has two children, Katarina and Luka, with her husband Jakov Kitarović.
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