The Croatian Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović becomes an IOC and a ICMG Member

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The 136th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the first ever Session to be held by videoconference, elected five new IOC Members following the proposal of the EB on 10 June.

The newly elected IOC Members include four Individual Members and one Member whose election is linked to a function within an International Federation.

Among them is Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović from Croatia, an Individual Member and the newest member of the Mediterranean sports family in the International Olympic Committee.

With her election Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović becomes a member of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is a Croatian politician and diplomat who served as President of Croatia from 2015 to February 2020. She was born in 29 April 1968 and is the first woman to be elected to the presidency since the first multi-party elections in 1990 and independence in 1991. At 46 years of age, she also became the youngest person to assume the presidency.

Before her election as president of Croatia, Grabar-Kitarović held a number of governmental and diplomatic positions. She was minister of European Affairs from 2003 to 2005, the first female minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration from 2005 to 2008 and assistant secretary general for public diplomacy at NATO  from 2011 to 2014.

She is a recipient of the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award and a number of national and international awards, decorations, honorary doctorates and honorary citizenships.