After graduating from the MA program in 2009, Vitalijus (Lukas) interned and later accepted a full-time position in the Natural Resources Practice Unit at one of the world’s premier insurance brokerage and risk consulting services firms. While pursuing his MA degree at IES, Vitalijus focused on the EU’s relations with Russia, EU Enlargement and transatlantic relations. His final essay explored historical twists in EU-Russia Energy Relations. Originally from Lithuania, Vitalijus has earned his BA in World Politics from University of Helsinki, Finland. Apart from trying to keep up with the latest developments in the EU, his current interests include Emerging Markets, and Canada’s role in the global commodities trade.