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Irena Vaišvilaitė

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Irena Vaišvilaitė (born December 30, 1954) is a Lithuanian historian and diplomat who served as Lithuania ambassador to the Holy See and later Permanent Representative to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[1][2]


Vaišvilaitė was born in Pasvalys. She obtained a degree in art history from Moscow University in 1984 and studied church history at the Gregorian University in Rome graduating in 1998.[3]


She taught at the Lithuanian Art Institute from 1978 to 1986 and Vilnius University as an associate professor from 1998 to 2012. From 1986 to 1991 she worked at the Lithuanian Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. She was editor of Vatican Radio programs for Lithuania between 1991 and 1998 and later served as editor of Radio Free Europe in Prague from 2001 to 2004 before her appointment as chief adviser to President Valdas Adamkus from 2004 to 2007.[4][5] She was then appointed vice-rector of the European Humanities University in Vilnius from 2008 until 2012 when she became the Lithuanian ambassador to the Holy See and to the Order of Malta. She was redeployed to UNESCO in 2017 and served there till 2019.[6][7]



  1. ^ "Lietuvos ambasadore UNESCO siūloma skirti Balčiūnienę". lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). 2021-08-03. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  2. ^ "Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė presents letters of credence to UNESCO Director-General".
  3. ^ "Stambiu planu. Irena Vaišvilaitė: jei taisyklės nebeleidžia man būti žmogumi pagal mano sąžinę, aš joms nepaklusiu". lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). 2021-04-04. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  4. ^ "Irena Vaišvilaitė: galime konstatuoti, kad Lietuvos intelektualusis lygis senka". lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). 2021-07-26. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  5. ^ "Irena Vaišvilaitė". www.vle.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  6. ^ "UNESCO susitikime – susirūpinimas dėl vis blogėjančios padėties Kryme". DIENA.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  7. ^ "Ambasadorė: UNESCO rimtai susirūpinusi prastėjančia padėtimi Kryme". DIENA.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2021-09-22.