BAFF Visiting Fellow
Živilė Kriščiūnienė is the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation visiting fellow at CEPA. Her research area focuses on the Eastern frontier of the European Union – the Baltic States, Belarus, and Ukraine. Prior to her fellowship at CEPA, Živilė served as Director of the Small Business, Investment, and Exports Departments at the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania where she worked for 10 years developing and implementing national strategies to foster entrepreneurship, support small and medium companies and their exports, and to attract foreign direct investment in Lithuania. She was previously the Lithuanian Commercial Attache in France, and, later, Director of Lithuanian-French Chamber of Commerce.
Kriščiūnienė holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and a second Masters degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, where she worked as professor Francis Fukuyama’s Research Assistant. Kriščiūnienė completed the European Studies Program at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, as well as the course on Public Reform Management at the National School of Public Administration in Paris. Her main interest areas include social and economic policy. Belarus and Ukraine security, as well as Transatlantic relations. Živilė is a member of the International Committee at the University Club of Washington DC, is fluent in Lithuanian, English, French, and Russian, holds a Diploma in Interior Design, plays piano, and practices ballet at The Washington School of Ballet.