Valdis Dombrovskis is Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for an economy that works for people, and also European Commissioner for Trade. Before this, he was Vice-President responsible for the euro, social dialogue, financial services and the Capital Markets Union.
In Latvia, Mr. Dombrovskis was his country’s longest-serving head of government with three terms as Prime Minister. He also has served as Minister of Finance, has been 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 the University of Maryland.
Valdis Dombrovskis was born in Riga, and holds degrees in both physics and economics.