Valdis Dombrovskis is the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for an Economy that Works for People, also in charge of Trade (since October 2020). Before this, he was Vice-President responsible for the euro, social dialogue, financial services, and the Capital Markets Union.
In Latvia, he was his country’s longest-serving head of government with three terms as prime minister. He served as Finance Minister, was a Member of the Latvian Parliament, and was elected twice to the European Parliament.
In his pre-political life, he worked as chief economist at the Bank of Latvia and, before that, as a research assistant at Mainz University, at the Institute of Solid-State Physics in Latvia and at the University of Maryland.
Valdis Dombrovskis was born on 5 August 1971 in Riga, and holds degrees in both physics and economics.