We all are world Lithuanians – strong when we stand together. Wherever we are, we build bridges that connect us – bridges to share international experience, ideas, contacts, resources, and discoveries. The desire of the finest minds, best professionals and brilliant talents from all over the world to contribute to Lithuania’s national welfare reflects deep patriotism and promotes the inspiring idea of "One Lithuania"

Gitanas Nausėda

President of the Republic of Lithuania
Patron of Global Lithuanian Awards

Main Partners

Forum of Global Lithuanian Professionals

A Decade of Leading Lithuania to Global Frontlines

For the fourth consecutive year, Global Lithuanian Leaders invites you to the annual event of diaspora professionals to exchange ideas, insights, connections, and inspiration.

Celebrating the first decade of our activities, we're giving the center stage to the most proactive individuals. Here they will talk about their creative mindset and tireless efforts to improve Lithuania's global standing.

Global Lithuanian Awards

GLA reward the remarkable talent, exceptional vision, and responsible ambition of Lithuanians and Lithuania-connected people who have been contributing to the prosperity and global standing of Lithuania. Global Lithuanian Awards aim to promote the idea of Global Lithuania and create the atmosphere of appreciation for international experience exchange and diaspora engagement.

GLA was established in 2012 by Global Lithuanian Leaders – a non-profit platform for international professionals, and organized in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Forum Speakers & Workshops

GLL Talks

Marius Jurgilas

Laureate of Global Lithuanian Awards 2017

Alumnus of the University of Connecticut, Banks of England and Norway, Board Member of Bank of Lithuania, will share the back-stage insights on strategic moves of Lithuania towards the global front-lines of doing business and fintech development.

Rimvydas Baltaduonis


Founder of Mūsų Metas Dabar – an initiative encouraging Lithuanians all over the world to vote during elections, head of World Lithuanian Community Economy Commission and Associate Professor of Economics at Gettysburg College, Rimvydas will merge both areas of his interests and tell us about the economics of tolerance.

Lina Lapelytė and Rasa Antanavičiūtė


Author and co-commissioner of Sun and sea (Marina) – a contemporary opera performance that represented Lithuania for the Venice Biennale of Art and won the Golden Lion this year – will share the behind the scenes of winning, revealing what it really takes to get international success, and how important it is to focus on the most pressing issues.

Kotryna Stankutė-Jaščemskienė

Professional Diaspora Connector

Director of Marius Jakulis Jason Foundation that financially supports the attraction of talented academics, students, and entrepreneurs to Lithuania. Kotryna will share insights on how philanthropy can accelerate talent and globally successful Lithuania for the next decades. 

Ingrida Olendraitė and Auksė Gaižauskaitė


Ingrida, the co-founder and the leader of the first iGEM Vilnius team, and Aukse, who has been an essential member of multiple iGEM teams, the winner team including. The speakers will share their insights into the common denominators between the consistently good performances of Vilnius iGEM team at the international science competition iGEM.


Eivanas Maksvytis

Laureate of Global Lithuanian Awards 2018

Founder of Robotics Center Tavo Robotas in Šilutė, will lead us along the route from DIY classroom to European center of advanced engineering fueled by ambition to compete at the top levels of robotics and mechatronics.

Interactive workshops

Three two-hour interactive workshops bring together global and local professionals and encourage them to look for sustainable strategic solutions. Global experience for the essential sectors of country’s development – science and educationtalent attraction, and positioning of Lithuania.


Science and education

Powered by Government Strategic Analysis Center and Marius Jason Jakulis Foundation - for the development and empowerment of global Lithuanian brain map / national academic network.


Positioning of Lithuania

In partnership with Strategic Communications Group under the Government of Lithuania, who will be presenting an extensive research on Lithuania's positioning abroad. The goal is to engage diaspora professionals into Lithuania’s development.  



December 27, 2019

@ Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Meet our team and fellow attendees at the entrance of the National library and use the time to catch-up and start making meaningful connections.

The Atrium
GLL Talks: A Decade of Leading Lithuania to Global Frontlines

10.20-10.40 Eivanas Maksvytis: Advanced robotics
11.20-11.40 Ingrida Olendraitė and Auksė Gaižauskaitė: Denominators of constant success
10.40-11.00 Marius Jurgilas: Leadership in Fintech
11.00-11.20 Rimvydas Baltaduonis: Economics of tolerance
11.40-12.00 Kotryna Stankutė-Jaščemskienė: Philanthropy as a talent accelerator

Leisure space, 5th floor
Coffee Break & Networking

Relax and chat in an informal environment with fellow global and local attendees from the fields of business, academia, and governing institutions.

Conference rooms
Interactive Workshops

Choose one of the three topics that interest you the most and contribute to decisions that will impact Lithuania’s further development.

The Atrium
Keynote speakers: Lina Lapelytė & Rasa Antanavičiūtė

Behind the scenes of winning a Golden Lion with the author and co-commissioner of Sun and sea (Marina).

The End of Forum

Feel free to stay for a quick chat before rushing off to get ready for Global Lithuanian Awards.



December 27, 2019

@ The Presidential Palace
Doors open

Please arrive on time and have your ID with you.

Column Hall
Global Lithuanian Awards ceremony

Find out the Laureates of Global Lithuanian Awards 2019 and listen to the stories of the most prominent Lithuanians.

Column Hall
Celebration of Laureates

Raise a glass of champagne for Laureates and Nominees!



December 27, 2019

AltSpace (Islandijos g.)
AltSpace (Islandijos g.)
X-mas drinks

The biggest annual global Lithuanian Xmas party – meet international professionals who have come back home for Christmas and don’t forget to have fun.



Your entrance ticket is your support to the continuous efforts of Global Lithuanian Leaders to connect and engage Lithuanian professionals abroad for the benefit of our homeland.

By purchasing a full-price ticket, you automatically become GLL Supporting Member and get to enjoy the benefits all year round!

Various discounts for the most active community members are also available as a thank you for continuous support for our goals either financially or with voluntary work. Read more about benefits and discounts HERE.


  • Dec 27 10:00 - 15:00
  • GLL Talks
  • Networking
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Invitation to the Awards Ceremony*
  • X-mas drinks


  • Dec 27 20:00 - ...
  • Meet people in informal environment

* subject to availability

Why attend?

Get inspired
Contribute and influence decisions on Lithuania’s development
Make connections with Lithuanian professionals from various countries
Personally meet progressive thinkers from Lithuanian business and public sectors
Spark new collaborations in an informal, yet professional environment
Contribute to the expansion and strengthening of global network of Lithuania related professionals



The Jury

Vida Balandis

Vida Bandis

Lithuanian World Community Representative in Lithuania at Seimas

Monika Garbačiauskaitė Budrienė

Monika Garbačiauskaitė Budrienė

General Manager at LRT
Long-term supporter of Global Lithuanian Awards

Renaldas Gudauskas

Renaldas Gudauskas

Director General at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
Partner of GLL Forum

Marius Jurgilas

Marius Jurgilas

Board member at Bank of Lithuania
Laureate of Global Lithuanian Awards 2017

Audra Karalius

Audra Karalius

Board Member of Lithuanian Foundation
Laureate of Global Lithuanian Awards 2017

Ainius Lašas

Ainius Lašas

Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Nominee of Global Lithuanian Awards 2017

Dalia Petkevičienė

Dalia Petkevičienė

Co-founder of network of diaspora professionals Global Lithuanian Leaders
Chair of the Board
Referral and Search Partner

Marius Raugalas

Marius Raugalas

Digital Marketing Strategy & Analytics Lead for Europe at Nielsen
President of Lithuanian City of London Club
Board Member of Global Lithuanian Leaders

Linas Sabaliauskas

Linas Sabaliauskas

Managing Partner at Baltic Law Firm TRINITI
Expert of startup ecosystem in Lithuania

Rytis Zemkauskas

Rytis Zemkauskas

Curator at Kaunas the European Capital of Culture 2022
Journalist, writer and film-maker, preacher of topics on Lithuanian identity

Lina Žukauskaitė

Lina Žukauskaitė

Deputy Director General at the Department of Lithuanians Living Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs