Simonas Gentvilas is Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania as of 11 December, 2020.
Simonas Gentvilas was born on 28 September 1984. He became a member of the Liberal Movement Party in 2011 and has been serving as a Deputy Chair of the Party since 2015. Mr. Gentvilas is member of the Seimas since 2016.
Simonas Gentvilas has studied abroad from the age of 16 and graduated from a gymnasium in Karlskrona, Sweden, in 2004. He continued his education in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria and Spain. Mr. Gentvilas holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo (2005-2007) and a master‘s degree in Urban Development from the University of Vienna (2008-2010).
Simonas Gentvilas has always been actively involved in political and social life. While studying abroad, he was a member of the Swedish Folkpartiet and Norwegian Høyre parties. He was also a Founder of Lithuanian community in Malmö and established Lithuanian Youth organisation in Norway.
After returning to Lithuania in 2011, he joined the Liberal Movement Party and became a Chairman of the Klaipeda branch in 2013 and a Deputy Chair of the Party in 2015.
In 2011 – 2015 Mr. Gentvilas served as an Advisor to the Mayor of Klaipeda. He was elected to Klaipeda City Council in 2015 and served as a Chairman of the Klaipeda City Development and Strategic Planning Committee.
In 2016 - 2020 Mr. Gentvilas was elected to the Seimas. During his term he was a Deputy of the Environmental Protection Committee, as well as a member of the Migration Commission, the Healthy Lifestyle Commission, the World Lithuanian Community Commission and a member of the European Affairs Committee.
In 2020 Mr. Gentvilas was re-elected to the Seimas and appointed as Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania on 11 December 2020.
Simonas Gentvilas speaks 7 foreign languages: English, Russian, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.
He is married and a father of three.
His hobbies are traveling and orienteering.