Željko Komšić was born in Sarajevo on 20 January 1964. He completed primary and secondary school and graduated from the University in Sarajevo Law School. He further attended Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Washington DC. He was also educated at the University of Georgetown in Washington – School of Foreign Service. He started his professional career at the Republic Pension and Disability Fund of Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the beginning of the war, he joined the Army of the Republic of BiH, where, in 1995, he was awarded the highest military decoration of the Army of the RBiH – the Golden Lily for military bearing and bravery. After the war, he actively joined the political life of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the period from 1996 to 1998, Mr. Komšić worked at the Federal Ministry for Displaced Persons and Refugees, and in the period from 1998 to 2000, he served as the President of the City Council of the City of Sarajevo. From 2000 to 2001 he served as the mayor of the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo. In 2001, Željko Komšić became the first ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. As a matter of principle, and due to disagreement with the mainstream policy in 2003, he resigned from the ambassador's office. In the 2004 local elections, he was elected for a mayor of the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo, for the second time. In that position, Mr. Komšić remained until the October 2006 elections when he was elected as the Croat member of the Presidency of BiH, as the candidate of the SDP. In the October 2010 General Election, he was re-elected as the Croat member of the Presidency of BiH, and was in office until 2014. He is the Founder and has been the President of the Democratic Front party since 2013. In October 2018, Željko Komšić was elected for the third time as the Croat member of the Presidency of BiH. He is married and a father to a daughter.