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Elena Leontjeva

Elena Leontjeva is co-founder and President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI). Elena played a key role in building the legal and institutional foundations for Lithuania’s economy, including the Currency Board and the Litas Credibility Law, the securities market, banking, tax and budget reforms, private pension insurance, downsizing state functions and deregulation known as the Sunset and Sunrise initiatives. She served as senior economic advisor to President Valdas Adamkus and state counsellor on economic reform issues under six administrations. Elena has originated and led an interdisciplinary project Scarcity, Morality and Public Policy and co-created a documentary Sublime Thirst. Her novel “The Market Square, or the Story of Two Joannes” was published in 2021. Leontjeva returned to serve as the LFMI president in 2020.

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