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Vytautas Kubilius
Google Country Manager for Baltics
Outside of Google he serves as a board member in a number of startups and organisations, is a co-founder of a startup accelerator and invests into startups as an angel investor. Before joining Google nearly a decade ago he worked for a global agency network operating in Baltics and a telecommunications operator in Latvia and Lithuania.
Liina Laas
Founding Partner at The Better Fund
Liina Laas is the Founding Partner at The Better Fund. Liina has been in the tech scene for nearly a decade and has been crucial in growing multiple fintech startups 10-100x. Liina is an activist for equality. The better fund invests in companies with diverse teams that bring a positive impact through technology.
Alessandro Bianciardi
Co-Founder of Planet S.A.S.
Dr. Alessandro Bianciardi is an environmental engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the identification and management of the environment and sustainable development projects at an international level. He has worked for and within international organizations such as UNDP and the European Commission as well as for NGOs and consulting companies. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (on Biologically-Inspired Design approach for the industry) from the Politecnico di Milano; a Master in Biomimicry from the Arizona State University and has a certification for Education for Sustainability at the Schumacher College (UK). In 2013 he co-founded Planet s.a.s, a start-up dedicated to bio-inspired innovation, and in particular, he developed bio-inspired solar desalination technology for land regeneration, bio-inspired anti-bacterial surfaces, and bio-inspired filtration systems. He has conducted seminars, workshops, and courses on biologically inspired design methods for sustainable innovation at Universities and International Conferences. He also co-founded Biomimicry Italia, a network affiliated with the Biomimicry Institute (USA), with the aim of promoting biomimicry in Italy.
Sandra Golbreich
CEO and Co-Founder of Baltic Sandbox
Sandra is a CEO and co-founder of Baltic Sandbox – a startup accelerator and community, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Additionally, Sandra runs "Business Angel School" – educational programs for the EU business angels. Starting from 2019, Baltic Sandbox and Business Angel School are addressing the diversity issues in tech industries. Sandra helps close the gap by running the annual "Women in Tech" acceleration and "Women investing in Tech" educational programs.
Jānis Volbergs
Co-Founder and CEO of ZoomCharts
Co-Founder and CEO of ZoomCharts, with 10+ years of business management and 20+ years of software engineering experience. He holds a degree in business management from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE Riga) and has been working in the IT field since the age of 16, and has mastered programming since age of 12. Initially, ZoomCharts invited Janis to join as a co-founder with primary focus on e-commerce platform architecture's design and implementation. After the first seed round and initial results, Janis was promoted to CEO position. In Janis leadership, company now has grown to 30+ employees, onboarded 1000+ customers from 100+ countries and is working with profit.
Marloes Pomp
Program Officer for the blockchain and AI projects within the Dutch Government
Marloes Pomp is the Initiator and Program Officer for the blockchain and AI projects within the Dutch Government, including projects in the field of digital identities, logistics, healthcare, finance and food. She is also responsible for the international strategy and partnerships of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and the National AI Coalition. Her professional interests focus on tech-innovation within governments. Prior to the blockchain and AI activities, Marloes worked in several roles like projectleader and researcher at governmental organizations, including the ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations and the city of Amsterdam. In addition, she serves as an advisory member for the SIDN Fund, the Dutch Court, The Blockchain and the Society Board of the University of Amsterdam (VU).
Jānis Strods
Jānis is the co-founder of the new company "Edurio". Edurio helps schools interview teachers, students and parents to take better care of them. The product is currently used by more than 1,500 schools and pre-schools in the UK and throughout Latvia. Jānis has experience in the field of education - he has worked both as a teacher of the "Iespējamā Misija" project at Ikšķile Secondary School, and as a lecturer and researcher at RSU and the University College of London. The idea for Edurio came to Jānis and the other co-founder of the company Ernests Jenava during the time of their studies.
Kristīne Nagle
Founder and Sustainability advisor
Kristīne Nagle is the Founder and Sustainability advisor of Impact House. Impact House is helping fast-growing tech companies launch and scale sustainability. Her experience includes managing accelerator programs at Startup Wise Guys, gaining a global network as the CEO of TechChill, and recently building a sustainability strategy for the first Latvian unicorn, Printful.
Mārtiņš Zemītis
Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia
Mārtiņš Zemītis is the Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia. Prior professional engagements include the European Parliament, Latvian Parliament, World Bank, World Trade Organization, Ministry of Regional Development. Researcher on investment, trade, and monetary policy at Oxford University (UK) and Hoover Institution (USA). Educated at Stanford University (USA) and Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia). Awarded Top Young Person of Latvia Prize in 2018.
Līga Peiseniece
Rector of BA School of Business and Finance
Līga Peiseniece is the Rector of BA School of Business and Finance. She is an associate professor, researcher on sustainability, human resource management and financial literacy. Līga is convinced that students bring new ideas and processes to the university.
Gundars Bērziņš
Dean of the University of Latvia's Faculty of Business, Management and Economics
Gundars Berzins is the dean of the University of Latvia's Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, and a professor. He holds a doctorate in management science and as a leading researcher has participated in many research projects and has authored a number of international scientific publications. His research interests include business strategies and regional policy. At the same time, he is also a member of the board at the SSE Riga Foundation and a member of the UL Student Business Incubator Council. He has previously held the post of Chancellor of the University of Latvia. For a long time, he also had a private business. His passion is the importance of strategy and strategic thinking in business. He is excited to read lectures on "Management theories", "Business Strategy and Policy Management" and "Strategic and Operational Planning".
Simona Grigaliuniene
Head of the Department of Technology at Lithuanian Business University of Applied Sciences.
Assoc. prof. dr. Simona Grigaliuniene is the head of the Department of Technology at Lithuanian Business University of Applied Sciences. Simona has a doctoral degree in technology and experience in research projects.
Tassilo Ott
Founder of Talque
Tassilo Ott is the founder of talque, the digital event platform. After completing his doctorate in theoretical physics / string theory, Tassilo Ott worked, among other things, as a management consultant, head of business development and managing director for Georg von Holtzbrick / TNT, where he dealt with the product development of digital online services. Over the past 6,5 years he has built talque with his co-founder Volker Braun. talque now tries to tie together the digital and analogue ("real") world in a way that the world hasn't seen before, massively using geo-components.
Emmanuel Merchan
Dean of the Engineering Faculty
After more than 20 years of working in Higher Education at the National Politecnic Insitute (IPN) in his native Mexico, Emmanuel has recently joined TSI as Dean of the Engineering Faculty. He graduated as an Industrial Robotics Engineer from the IPN, where he also obtained a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield after completing research on Soft-computing techniques for path-planning of multi-robot systems sharing a common workspace. He has published several articles in the field of robotics and supervised a number of thesis for undergraduate and graduate students. Now at TSI he is working extensively to enrich the delivery of education in line with the requirements and challenges posed by the change of paradigms associated with Industry 4.0.
Marta Matisone
Director at SmartLaws
Marta Matisone is an investor and startup mediator. She works as Deputy Chairman at the Board of the New Enterprises Council of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also a senior expert of the business incubator of the University of Latvia, JLU Technology Business Development Director, and candidate for the business organization BNI. Previously, Marta has worked as the executive director at the Latvian Business Angel Network. She has co-founded and currently works as a director at SmartLaws.
Mārtiņš Hiršs
Co-Founder of "SkeptiCafe"
Mārtiņš Hiršs has a Ph.D. in politics. He is one of the founders of "SkeptiCafe". He researches disinformation and works as a critical thinking teacher.
Jolanta Derkevica-Pilskunga
Lecturer at Turiba University, Director of the Master's Degree Program in Public Relations
Jolanta has a Ph.D. in Media and Communication science. She is the author of several publications, lecturer at Turiba University, Director of the Master's Degree Program in Public Relations. She is an entrepreneur - manager of various integrated marketing communications and brand management projects. Head of agency JDP Integrated Communications. For more than 17 years professional and scientific activities have involved marketing, brand management, and mass media. Member of Latvian Public Relations Association (LASAP), mentor. Member of Association of Marketing Professionals of Latvia (LMPA).
Jana Altenberga
Project Manager
Jana Altenberga is a master's student of Communication Science at the University of Latvia. For the past two years she has been part of the Centre for Media Studies at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga team, organising various courses and training programmes for media managers and journalists from Baltic and Eastern Partnership countries. Her current academic interests include combating disinformation, in the process of which critical thinking plays a key role.
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