NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF LITHUANIA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS20000420 Biographical Note
Gediminas Serksnys, the new Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Until his appointment, Mr. Serksnys was serving as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible for integration into the European Union from June 1998. Prior to that, Mr. Serksnys was appointed in 1997 as Head of the delegation for the Preparation for the Negotiations for European Union Membership and in November 1997 he was awarded diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
In the private sector, Mr. Serksnys was Branch Head in the consulting firm of A. Abisala and Partners from 1994 to 1997.
Mr. Serksnys held several positions in the Lithuanian Government. From August 1991 to January 1993 he was Deputy Foreign Minister. Before that, in 1992, he was appointed Minister without Portfolio, Coordinator of State Negotiations on Army Withdrawal and Other Issues with the Russian Federation. In 1990, he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Council and served as Chairman of the State Re- establishing Commission.
In 1972, Mr. Serksnys graduated from the Kaunas Medical Institute with a degree in biophysics. He later worked at the Kaunas Institute of Physical Technical Problems of Energetics. From 1981 to 1988 he was a senior scientific worker at the Kaunas Institute of Cardiology. In 1993 he earned a doctorate in mathematics.
Born on 11 February 1948, Mr. Serksnys is married and has two children.
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