Ambassador Romana Vlahutin is a visiting distinguished fellow for geostrategy at GMF. She served from 2019 to 2022 as ambassador at large/EU special envoy for connectivity in the European External Action Service, where she spearheaded EU connectivity strategy and worked as a chief negotiator for the EU-Japan and EU-India connectivity partnerships. Vlahutin was the EU ambassador to Albania from 2014 to 2018 and led EU support for the country’s public policy reform process, including that for the judiciary. She was the Croatian president’s foreign policy advisor from 2010 to 2014.

Vlahutin is a Croatian career diplomat, having served as head of the political section at the Croatian embassy in Washington, deputy ambassador in Belgrade, and director of strategic analysis and policy planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zagreb. She also worked as an analyst for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and, in Kosovo, as a political director for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.   
Vlahutin is a graduate of Zagreb University and Harvard University. She is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. 
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Strategic infrastructure, Connectivity, European Union, European Foreign and Security Policy, European enlargement process