Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

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Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis
Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis.jpg
Minister for Education and Science
In office
2 May 2013 – 22 January 2014
Prime MinisterValdis Dombrovskis
Laimdota Straujuma
Preceded byRoberts Ķīlis
Succeeded byIna Druviete
Personal details
Born (1977-12-27) 27 December 1977 (age 41)
Riga, Soviet Union
(now Latvia)
Political partyReform Party (2011-?)
Harmony (2018-present)
Alma materUniversity of Latvia
Clark University

Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis (Russian: Вячесла́в Домбро́вский; born 27 December 1977 in Rīga) is a Latvian Russian politician and economist, who served as the Minister for Education and Science of Latvia.[1][2] and also as the Minister of Economics.[3]

Dombrovskis has a bachelor's degree from the University of Latvia in economics and finance and a doctor's degree from Clark University in economics. He also attended George Mason University as Visiting Fulbright Scholar.

Dombrovskis gained Latvian citizenship through naturalization in 1997.

Science career[edit]

Vyacheslavs Dombrovskis started his career as a Visiting Researcher in the Center for European Economic Research ZEW in Germany. In 2003 he joined The Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies as a Research Fellow and served there almost nine years. From 2003 he also became a member of the Board of Soros Foundation Latvia. Since 2003 he was Assistant Professor at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga until 2011. In 2015 he founded CERTUS Think Tank, where he was a chairman of the Board till 2018.

Political career[edit]

Dombrovskis entered politics in 2011, when he joined the newly founded Zatlers' Reform Party and was elected as a member of the Latvian parliament. For the following two years he was the leader of the Zatlers' Reform Party parliamentary fraction.

Dombrovskis was appointed Minister for Education and Science of Latvia in May 2013, after the resignation of previous Minister Roberts Ķīlis. He vowed to continue to focus on the five education and science priorities set by his predecessor.[1]

He joined the Harmony party in 2018 and was nominated by Nils Ušakovs and Jānis Urbanovičs to be the Harmony party's Prime Ministerial candidate at the 2018 parliamentary election.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Vjaceslavs Dombrovskis – new education and science minister in Latvia". The Baltic Course. May 2, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "Latvija in brief". The Baltic Times. 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Harmony party names potential prime ministerial candidate". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. LTV. June 4, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Kaža, Juris (14 August 2018). "Who is who in upcoming Latvian parliamentary elections". Re:Baltica. Retrieved 17 August 2018.