Gintaras Steponavicius

Associate Director (CEE and Central Asia)

Gintaras studied Law at Vilnius University and the University of Birmingham and the University of Copenhagen, and became actively involved in Lithuanian politics during the campaign for independence from the Soviet Union.  He started his professional life as an academic at the University of Vilnius, before entering Parliament in 2000.

During his 20 years in Parliament he focused much of his energy on the reform of the Lithuanian educational system, and became Minister of Education in 2008, and steered through some of the most significant Higher Education reforms Lithuania has seen, including the introduction of a student voucher system, allowing students to take their funding to their preferred university. He also instigated and completed a number of University mergers aimed at strengthening the sector.   During his time in office, he was also passionate about the internationalisation of Lithuanian Universities and provided government support to universities who wanted to develop dual degree and joint faculty partnerships with UK Universities.  He was also a Deputy Speaker of the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament)

Gintaras has become active in the past few years in working with governments in the wider region who are keen to reform their education systems.  He stood down from Parliament in 2020 and has joined CCG to help us develop our activity across Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.