Sarunas Liekis is a Dean and Professor of School of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University. He studied at Vilnius University; Brandeis University, Waltham, USA (1993-1998, PhD); Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel (1995-1996); Oxford University and OCPHS, UK (1991-1992, Diploma).

Prof. Liekis was an expert for the Lithuanian Government Department for Minorities (2003-2010); Member of the Board of the  Lithuanian Human Rights Monitoring Institute (from 2015); Country deputy expert for the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) at the Council of Europe (from 2002); Country Expert at ECRI from 2013 and member of the ECRI Bureau from 2015; Country Deputy Expert for the EUMC in Vienna, Austria (from 2003); Chairman of the Board of the NGO Information and Support Center, Vilnius, Lithuania (from 2000 to 2005). He is a board member of Human Rights Monitoring Institute. Prof. Liekis is on the board of nine academic journals and is an author and co-author of over 50 articles and six books.