|Birth Name:||Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović|
|Date of Birth:||29/04/1968|
|Age:||52 years old|
|Net Worth:||$100 million|
|Qualification:||Master’s degree in international relations|
Croatian politician Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures came into highlights as she became the first woman President of Croatia in 2015.
Born in 1968, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović held a number of governmental and diplomatic positions before she became the President of Croatia. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures in Croatian politics came into highlight as she became the Minister of European Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. In addition, Grabar-Kitarović has also taken responsibilities as Croatian Ambassador to the US. In the international arena, she served as Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was born on April 29, 1968 in Rijeka, Croatia (then a part of Yugoslavia). Her parents, Dubravka and Branko Graber raised her in their village, Lopaca, in the north of Rijeka. The family then owned a butcher shop and a ranch.
When Grabar-Kitarović was in her high school, she went to Los Alamos, New Mexico through an exchange program. As a result, she graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1986.
She later returned to Yugoslavia and graduated from the University of Zagreb in 1992 with BA in English and Spanish language and literature. Grabar-Kitarović attended Diplomatic Academy of Vienna for a year 1995-96 for a Diploma course. She then completed her Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Zagreb in 2000.
Between 2002 to 2003, she attended George Washington University under Fulbright scholarship. Additionally, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures grew sharper as she received a Luksic Fellowship for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Similarly, she was also a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović enrolled in doctoral studies in international relations in December 2015 on the Zagreb Faculty of Political Science.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures in Croatian politics grew familiar with her becoming the advisor to the international cooperation department of the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1992. She got a transfer to serve for the same position in Foreign Ministry in 1993 after joining the Croatian Democratic Union. Soon, she started to serve as the head of the North American department of Foreign Ministry in 1995 until 1997. She then worked at the Croatian Embassy in Canada as diplomatic counselor until 1998 and then as a minister counselor.
In 2000, Tonino Picula became the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Soon, he started removing Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) appointed staffs. As a result, Grabar-Kitarović received order to return within six weeks. She refused at first because she was pregnant but the government pressurized her. It was during the time in hospital, she applied for Fulbright and went to study in the USA.
Two years later, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures became clear as she got elected to the Croatian Parliament as a member of HDZ. In 2005, she became the Minister of newly formed Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. As a foreign minister, she guided Croatia in the EU and NATO. The same year, she became the head of the State Delegation for Negotiations and the first woman to be the President of Ottawa Treaty.
Right after removal from the position of Foreign Ministry in 2008, Grabar-Kitarović became the Croatian Ambassador to the US until 2010. In 2011, she took over the position of Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Public Diplomacy resigning as an ambassador. She was the first woman to take this position. Grabar-Kitarović served in this position until 2014.
In September 2012, Croatian Democratic Union stated that Grabar-Kitarović would be the possible candidate for 2014-15 Croatian Presidential Election. In the 2015 election, she became the first of any gender to win over incumbent president with 50.7% votes.
As a president of Croatia, she made a successful effort to organize an informal high-level Adriatic-Baltic-Black Sea Leaders’ Meeting in New York City in 2015. Similarly, she visited Tehran and confirmed good relation between two countries signing economic cooperation agreement in 2016. Moreover, her visit to Azerbaijan sported Azerbaijan’s integrity in the Nagomo-Karabakh conflict. Even though some people do not appreciate her work, she is still the most popular politician with 57% approval.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures gained popularity as she advocates LGBT rights and abortion rights. She supported the Life Partnership Act and stated her support to sexual minorities in her inaugural speech.
Grabar-Kitarović demonstrated her support for abortion stating that prohibition of abortion won’t solve problem. Instead she emphasized on providing proper education. In addition, she is the supporter of green initiatives and environment. Therefore, she signed the Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters, New York City in 2016.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović married Jakov Kitarović in 1996. They are still married. The couple has two children, Katarina and Luka, born in 2003. Born in 2001, Katarina is a professional figure skater and Croatia’s national junior champion.
The one serving in the foreign ministry and country’s ambassador speaks Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently. In addition, she has basic understanding of German, French and Italian.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is a devout Roman Catholic and is very much attached to traditional Christian values.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović pictures as a fourth President of Croatia has taken over the remarkable place in Croatia as well as the world. For her position and works, Forbes ranked her 46th in the list of world’s most powerful woman. Her position has also accumulated her huge net worth of $100 million.