Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is the 4th and 1st female President of the Republic of Croatia (2015- 2020). She had pushed many a glass ceiling, having served, among others, as the first female Assistant Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as Croatia’s first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the United States of America.

Parallel to her diplomatic and political careers, she has vigorously pursued an academic career in government, international relations and security studies at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, George Washington University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Zagreb. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award and a number of national and international awards, decorations, honorary doctorates and honorary citizenships.

She has initiated and organized, as well as participated in, as a keynote speaker and/or panellist, in countless security, academic, specialized and other public events around the world and has written several articles and other pieces on national and international issues. She is an experienced politician and national and international diplomat, with experience and expertise in geopolitical studies, the Trans-Atlantic relationship, the Western Balkans and Southeast Europe, European and Eurasian studies, relations with Russia, interfaith and intercultural relations, post-conflict building and reconciliation, gender issues, global security issues and many other aspects of international relations and security policies.