Speakers ’19

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Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau at the United Nations

About

Doreen is the first woman to serve as one of the International Telecommunication Union top elected officials. Bogdan-Martin served from 2008 to 2018 as Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department where she acted as an Advisor to the ITU Secretary-General, and was responsible for ITU’s corporate communications, external affairs, corporate strategy and membership – as well as managing the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Bogdan-Martin is a member of the Board of Governors of the UN Staff College, an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group and a Member of the Governing Committee of the Swiss Network for International Studies.

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Egils Levits

President of Latvia

Egils Levits

President of Latvia

About

The President of Latvia Egils Levits is also a Latvian lawyer and political scientist.

Mr Levits is author of many scientific publications on the issues regarding state law, administrative law, human rights, and democracy. Mr Levits has provided many opinions on various legal and political and legal issues to the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), the Cabinet of Ministers, various ministries, the Constitutional Court, other courts, public authorities, the institutions of the European Union, and international institutions. He publishes regularly on development challenges in Latvia.

Mr Levits has been the Ambassador of Latvia to Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland, as well as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Member of the Parliament. Apart from the native Latvian language, he mastered four foreign languages – English, French, German, and Russian.

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Linda Liukas

Programmer, storyteller, and illustrator of Hello Ruby

About

Linda is a bright new voice on global technology education policy. With her Hello Ruby books and philosophy, translated in 28 languages, she brings a Nordic playful perspective to the sometimes serious world of computer science. What else is there to technology education than “Learn to code”? Her work empowering both children and young women in computer science all around the world, has given her unique, globally appealing perspective on how to celebrate the power of technology, imagination and storytelling. 

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Carl Honore

Award winning writer, Ted speaker, the Voice of the Slow movement

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Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and the voice of the global Slow Movement. After working with street children in Brazil, he covered South America and Europe for the Economist, Observer, Houston Chronicle, National Post and Time magazine. His books on the benefits of slowing down – In Praise of Slow, Under Pressure and The Slow Fix – have been published in 34 languages and landed on bestseller lists in many countries. His TED talk in praise of slowness has been viewed 3 million times. His latest book, Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives, explores attitudes to ageing. While writing his first book about Slow, Carl was given a speeding ticket.

#slowrevolution #lessismore #tempogiusto

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Mari-Liis Rüütsalu

CEO of Ekspress Grupp

About

Mari-Liis has been working for two different industries which both have been under a change for at least decade.
She was a product development and marketing director in the biggest travel agency of Baltics – Estravel. Then, 8 years ago she was invited to work for Ekspress Grupp. For two years she was the CEO of Estonian biggest online portal Delfi. After that she merged two companies together which became Ekspress Meedia. It’s Delfi and the biggest media brands in Estonia – Eesti Ekspress, Maaleht, Eesti Päevaleht.

In 2017 she was invited to lead Ekspress Grupp which has also the biggest news outlets in Latvia and Lithuania. Ekspress Grupp has also expanded to digital outdoor media and other digital services which stand close to media.

She is a big believer in digitalisation in every aspect. As she believes that we are in the middle of the turbulent changes and times it’s more than exciting to work for media.

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Max Beverton-Palmer

Head of Tech and Society at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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Max Beverton-Palmer is Head of Tech and Society at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. He is part of a team generating radical, sensible, centre-ground tech policy to address some of the societal challenges faced around the world. He was previously Head of Digital Policy at Sky leading policy in the UK and EU on internet safety, online advertising and online regulation, as well as working with technology and product teams on ethical responsibility of design. He started his career at the UK communications regulator Ofcom working on broadcast regulation, net neutrality, broadband infrastructure and spectrum.

#techsociety #onlineharms #techpolicy

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Sajida Zouarhi

Head Of Communication @ Nomadic Labs

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Currently Head of Communication at Nomadic Labs, Sajida previously worked as a Blockchain architect and Project lead at ConsenSys. Engineer with 5 years of experience including 3 years as a Research engineer at Orange Labs (Telecommunications) and in the Computer Science Lab of Grenoble (LIG), she is also the co-founder of multiple projects in the Blockchain Ecosystem: Le BlockFest (Blockchain festival and hackathon), the Kidner Project (social impact project in healthcare using blockchain and cryptography tools), La Chaintech (french blockchain association) and the eHealth & Blockchain Think Tank. Sajida is an International Public Speaker and was named one of Top 10 Women to Follow in Tech in 2019 (#FrenchTech), Top 40 Forbes Women in France 2019, Top 6 Women Blockchain Influencers (#FrenchTech) and nominated for the Women in IT Awards Ireland 2018 (finalist for “Future CIO of the year”).

#blockchain #privacy #socialimpact

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David Klavins

Latvian piano maker - innovator, game changer and enthusiast

About

His philosophy in piano building has been formed by the understanding that today’s pianos are essentially built by principles that were established more than 100 years ago and remain unchanged even today. His approach from the onset was to rethink the piano design, to find out whether totally different solutions may be at hand that were not existing in the 19th century.

In 1987 David presented his first invention, the Vertical Grand Piano M370. The massive sound of the M370 found an audience in modern musicians seeking new sonic possibilities. Renewed attention from the musical world enabled Klavins to build the next step forward in uncompromised sound, the M450i – Vertical Concert Grand measuring 4.5m in height, located in Berlin and Latvia.

Some of Klavins Piano clients are Nils Frahm, Chemical Brothers, Erased Tapes, Stephan Eicher, Matthieu Chedid etc.

Check out ThePianoGuy @soundcloud

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Caroline Ramade

CEO at 50intech & board member UN Women

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For several years, Caroline has been working every day to support women entrepreneurs in tech. Since October 2016, she has been the Managing Director of Paris Pionnières. Caroline is an expert in digital strategy and was previously Deputy Head of the Digital Department of the City Hall of Paris. She also notably developed the label My Startup in Paris.

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Christoph Amend

Editor in Chief of ZEITmagazin

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Christoph Amend, born in 1974, is the Editor in Chief of ZEITmagazin and publisher of ZEIT‘s art magazine “Weltkunst.“ He is the co-host of ZEIT‘s podcast „Alles Gesagt“ and the author of the daily newsletter „Was für ein Tag.“

For his first book “Morgen tanzt die ganze Welt” (“Tomorrow The Whole World Will Dance”) he won the Hermann Hesse Junior book award. His new book „Wie geht‘s dir, Deutschland“ („How are you, Germany?“) was published by Rowohlt in 2019.

He also published “Die Grünen – Das Buch” (“The Green Party – The Book”) and the memoir “Ein Jahr – Ein Leben“ („One Year – One Life“) together with actress Iris Berben.

#theberlinstateofmind #zeitmagazinunlock #wiegehts

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Andrea Orsag

Co-Founder & Partner at MissionC

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Andrea Orsag is a co-founder and partner at MissionC, strategy advisory on a mission to accelerate the transition to Circular Economy on a global scale. Andrea is a consultant with 10+ years of experience combining Risk Management, Strategy and Change Management cross-industry, both for the commercial sector and not-for-profit organisations internationally.

She regularly acts as a moderator, facilitator and a speaker on topics related to Circular Economy and Sustainability #noplanetb

#circulareconomy #noplanetb #wearemissionc

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Christophe Ginisty

Head of Digital Engagement at the OECD

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Media and online influence strategist. Communications and Digital transformation expert, Christophe started his career at the age of 24 when he founded Rumeur Publique, a PR business specialised in technology that has become one of the leading agencies on the French market. In 2011, Edelman appointed him “European Digital / Technology Evangelist” with the responsibility of Deputy Managing Director, EMEA. In 2013, since he had been elected President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), he created ReputationTime conference in Paris 2015.

#media #Influence #socialmedia

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Lydia Oyeniyi

A comic and digital enthusiast

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Lydia lives to crack things up. A comic and digital enthusiast, As a child, Lydia had always been intrigued about arts and entertainment but didn’t indulge in any form of arts until she moved to Riga and started performing comedy. She began her career in entertainment taking a front seat in comedy and event hosting. With her unique sense of humor, profound dry wit, and likable demeanor Lydia believes comedy is the best way to spark the intellect and a beautiful way of telling the truth. A graduate of Riga Technical University, she uses her diverse background to relate to any type of crowd, regardless of their background.

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John Paramai Dhanissaro (Supadulchai)

Theravada Buddhist Monk, Webmaster at Peace Revolution

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Received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Telematics. Began designing, developing and coding a unique, free 42-day self-development programme in 2005. Created an online platform incorporating new technology to help people balance their busy lifestyles and digital behavior. The online meditation service platform has served more than 120,000 people worldwide.

Become ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand after completing his PhD, and was subsequently invited to join the Peace Revolution project as a meditation instructor. Teaches an online meditation programme and Peace-On-Demand meditation sessions to over 10,000 people from 123 countries. Taught in 20 Fellowship programmes, as well as meditation workshops and retreats in 52 countries all together, incuding Africa, America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean.

#digitaldetox #monkwhocodes #DFFalumni

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Jessica Gioglio

Marketing Innovator and Author

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Jessica Gioglio is the co-author of, The Power of Visual Storytelling,” and The Laws of Brand Storytelling.” Professionally, Jessica has led innovative digital marketing, public relations and social media programs for companies including, Dunkin’ Donuts, TripAdvisor, State Street, Comcast and Sprinklr, work that has resulted in numerous industry awards.

Lifestyle Blog: www.thesavvybostonian.com
Website: http://www.jessicagioglio.com/

#brandstorytelling #storyteller #enthusiastic

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Arnis Aspers

Filmmaker, director, producer, film event organiser

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Director, producer and scriptwriter Arnis Aspers is the founder of the United Artists of Moodwork (2004) and company Look at Riga, Ltd. (2012).  Company is operating in the audiovisual field – music videos, advertisements, reportage, documentaries, and short films.  The company also organizes public events – “Lielais Kristaps” National Film Festival Award (Latvia), European Outdoor Film Tour and International Ocean Film Tour (Baltic States and Finland), etc.

The company’s work has been nominated at many international film festivals for official selection and have also won awards.

The company has developed an innovative concept of tourism development and entertainment in multidimensional (5D) cinemaformat -“LookatWorld”, which is developing globally and is already successfully operating in Latvia and Portugal.

Currently, Arnis is a producer, director, and scriptwriter at the production company, Look at Riga.

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Dora Palfi

Co-founder and CEO of imagiLabs

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Dora is the co-founder and CEO of imagiLabs, blending community, software and hardware together to get teenage girls to take their first and many next steps into the world of technology! Dora has a BSc in Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science from New York University Abu Dhabi and moved to Sweden for her MSc studies in Human Computer Interaction at KTH. She is passionate about using technology for good and about lowering the barrier to entry to education. She is also a yoga teacher.

#girlsintech #codingforall #thefutureisfemale

 

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Marek Miller

Google News Lab Teaching Fellow

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Marek has been working in the media and journalism field for almost 15 years. For a large part of this time he worked for one of the largest regional publishers in Poland (Polska Press Group), and therefore had a chance to witness Polish newspapers’ digital transformation process from the inside from the very beginning. For many years he’s been cooperating with the Dallas-based media organisation INMA (International News Media Association).

He worked for Poland’s audit bureau of circulation (ZKDP) where he organised conferences and workshops for journalists, and was the editor-in-chief of a media industry website Prasa.info (not existing now). He cooperated with Poland’s leading publisher Agora (Gazeta Wyborcza) in organising a number of journalists orientated events in Warsaw. As a media journalist he contributes for the leading media industry magazine in Poland “Press”. In 2017 he was a Coaching and Leadership Fellow at the Poynter’s Institute in Florida.

As a Google News Lab Teaching Fellow only this year he visited more than 90 newsrooms and trained ca. 2.500 journalists in Central and Eastern Europe region. Privately he is a loving father of two daughters, and a huge fan of technology, media, and journalism.

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Dagnija Lejiņa

Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Freedom Festival

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Dagnija is a passionate communications professional with a special interest in technologies, startups and community engagement. In addition to creating the Digital Freedom Festival, she is a Co-Founder of the boutique reputation management company “Lejiņa and Šleiers”, and is a co-founder of “Riga Venture Summit” and the Latvian Startup Association.

In the past, Dagnija has led communications at the largest Nordic bank in Latvia – Nordea, also coordinating communications in Poland and the Baltic countries. She has gained experience in public affairs while serving as Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to the Latvian Foreign Minister.

Whether it’s hiking in the Himalayas or exploring the thick jungles of southeast Asia, Dagnija has never denied a challenge and aims to push herself to unknown horizons. At the same time she looks for ways that she can help others to achieve their goals by connecting people and building purpose driven communities.

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Rokas Kondratas

Co-Founder and CEO of YouTube Multi Channel Network “Videostars.lt”

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Rokas Kondratas is a Co-Founder and CEO of YouTube Multi Channel Network “Videostars.lt”.
Network is managing more than 160+ YouTube channels in Lithuania. Top Lithuanian musicians, brands, celebrities and influencers works with “Videostars.lt” to monetize, protect and promote their video content. In 2019 summer “Videostars.lt” became a part of Lithuanias DELFI.LT group

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Inese Suija-Markova

Managing director at Institute for Environmental Solutions

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Inese Suija-Markova received her MBA degree from Riga Technical University in 2006. Currently she is in her third year of Ph.D. studies. Her research focus is on the management of knowledge-intensive business services. She is the Managing Director of a privately established research and development organisation “Institute for Environmental Solutions” and a Vice-Mayor of Cesis municipality. She lectures on project management, innovation technologies and creativity. She has been granted the USA State Department and the Government of Canada scholarships. She was also awarded a UNESCO Bank Fellowship Program scholarship to perform individual research at the European Adult Education Association in Brussels. She has been a participant, a speaker and a moderator at many international conferences and workshops.

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Katsushi Sakamoto

Pianist, composer, IT engineer

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Started playing the piano at the age of three. Studied classical piano performance under the guidance of Mr. Hiroyasu Kawahara and Mr. Noriyuki Miyazawa. After dropping out of a private music college, he provided many original background tunes for movies and animation works as freelance. After the collapse of the bubble economy that occurred in Japan around 1990, he was forced to move away from music production and performance activities to make a living as an IT engineer. However, he never gave up the desire to create even one smile by creating and conveying music.

In 2010, he resumed his activities as an artist in the “Second Life virtual world” and began to hold several regular concerts. He also gained valuable experience participating in many performances, including art, effects, dance, collaboration with fashion brands, and charity events. Now he expands his field of activity and is beginning to have the opportunity to play as a real player as well as “virtual pianist: RULIE CISSE”. Usually busy as an IT engineer, and at night he continues to interact with audiences around the world through “music”.

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Ekaterina Yachmeneva

The Talent Sourcer and Co-Founder of FindaNode

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Co-Founder, CEO and Talent Sourcer at FindaNode. Recruitment & Communications Сo-Founder at HR Riga Meetup

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Deniss Fiļipovs

Head of Payment Systems Policy division, Latvijas Banka (Bank of Latvia)

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Deniss started to work at Latvijas Banka in 2011 as a payment and financial market analyst with the focus on payments policy, development and innovation. Since 2015, Deniss is the Head of Payment Systems Policy Division with the responsibility for oversight of payment systems and payment instruments in Latvia. That also includes the monitoring of the tendencies in FinTech and analyzing the impact of the new financial technologies on the payments industry. In collaboration with the payment markets regulator Deniss helps market participants to better understand the challenges and opportunities of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). Deniss also participates in Latvijas Banka’s project aiming to introduce the instant payments infrastructure in Latvia. Deniss is an expert in the area of virtual currencies, at the same time he facilitates discussion about the high potential of blockchain technology and educates society about main functional principles of the technology.

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Julia Belkina

Communications Strategists and Co-Founder of FindaNode

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Julia Belkina is a PR & Communications expert, passionate about helping brands and companies find their voice. Creating and implementing personalised communications procedures from scratch in different companies has allowed me to gain a thorough understanding of the different aspects of community management, PR, and crisis communications. By using her skills and dedication, she has helped build brands to a variety of different companies, including furniture producers, electronic retailers, construction companies and more.

Currently, Julia is on maternity leave, helping baby Mark to enjoy this crazy world of ours and a proud co-founder of a recruitment & communication agency, FindaNode.
A dream of hers is to become a CEO of a 21st-century school and Julia is always keen on getting involved in causes that will help make this world a better place.

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Conor McGann

Google Mobile UX Specialist

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Conor’s background is in Sales & Marketing with a strong IT & digital focus. He is a Mobile UX Specialist at Google Ireland. He currently works in the CSS program advising EEA’s comparison shopping services. Prior to this Conor was an Account Manager and Mobile Expert Lead where he supported some of the UK’s Largest advertisers on their performance marketing solutions.

Working on some of the fastest growing accounts in the UK he has built a wealth of knowledge across multiple different industries in over 3 years. Charged with helping drive mobile growth for some of the top UK businesses, he has developed a strong passion for helping advertisers understand mobile as a platform and how user behaviour has evolved in a multi-device world we now live in.

 

 

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Julia Gifford

Co-Founder at Truesix

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Julia Gifford is a Canadian-born tech enthusiast and Latvian startup advocate. She’s the editor of Labs of Latvia and runs her own content marketing agency, Truesix.

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Kayvan Nikjou

Founder of Mobility City Campus

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Kayvan has over 12 years of international experience in event organisation, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing and relationship management. Passionate about building communities and connecting people, he is constantly finding ways how to reach people through start-ups, scale-ups, tech organisations (VC’s, governmental organisations, investors etc.) corporates, NGO’s and the media. Kayvan is the founder and CEO of Challenge.rs (premium tech & innovation event) and one of the ambassadors of the Slush start-up conference and 4YFN, Spain’s largest start-up event. He is also a passionate Spanish guitar player and a car aficionado.

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Satu Ahlman

Leadership and Performance Advisor, Speaker

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Satu Ahlman is an advisor with specialisations in epigenetic performance coaching, interpersonal communication and leadership. She has worked as an executive advisor for C-level executives as well as entrepreneurs worldwide for over a decade. In addition she has worked with personality assessments, leadership development programs and managed a successful company turnaround being a CEO of an event marketing business.

Being a high performing executive and active athlete herself, combined with determination and an entrepreneurial mind, she supports likeminded high achievers getting those missing pieces of the puzzle, achieve “synchronization” and live a long fulfilling life.

Satu is a certified epigenetic performance coach from ApeironZoh Institute, a licensed Firstbeat service provider, and has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Stockholm University. She has studied communications throughout her career, and obtains a strategic communications diploma certification from Berghs School of Communication.

Today she runs Saga Performance from her home base in Sweden, yet working across the globe both online and offline.

“Helping people become conscious of the impact individuals’ choices, attitudes, and lifestyle have on performance and their capabilities as leaders – and later to see transformations we create, is amazing. People feel more alive, healthy, productive yet relaxed, and smarter than before, and that, to me, is the most rewarding.”

#performanceoptimisation #performance #resiliency

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Antti Rantanen

Head of European Operations at Avanto Ventures

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Antti Rantanen is one of the Founders of Avanto Ventures, a leading corporate venturing advisory in the Nordics. He has worked in various advisory roles for 20+ years in the forefront of Digital Transformation, through companies such as Accenture, Vibe, Avaus Consulting and advised leading European companies in various industries. He has also been involved in starting several companies during his career, from his own ventures to setting up new ventures for larger corporations. Currently with Avanto Ventures he advises corporations on how to create structures to enable growth through innovations with the global start-up ecosystem.

#mobility #corporateventuring #innovation

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Astra Cīrule

Digital Channel Business Development Manager at Citadele banka

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Experienced Digital Channel Business Development Manager, skilled in Mobile, User Experience, Agile, Business and Requirements Analysis. Joined Citadele in 2016 and leads both Citadele Mobile app and PSD2 API development teams.

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Armin Steuernagel

Founder of Purpose Stiftung

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Armin Steuernagel is a serial entrepreneur – he founded his first business at the age of 16, a second one at age 22 (www.mogli.de). His businesses are active in over 40 countries.

During his studies, he spent little time in the company and asked himself: “If my companies run without me, who do they belong to? His answer: “His” companies should always belong to the steward owners who are actively involved! Today, together with 23 colleagues from the Purpose Foundation and Purpose Investment arm, he helps companies around the world to transform to steward ownership. This enables companies to remain mission-driven and independent in the long term. In recent months, Purpose has attracted a lot of attention in Berlin. After several well-known start-ups (Ecosia.org, Einhorn Kondome, Soulbottles) have announced to become a Purpose company, Purpose events were jammed with over 2000 registrations.

Armin is a mastermind of a form of ownership that could make capitalism more human. Armin Steuernagel studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Witten/Herdecke and Oxford. He received his master’s degree from Columbia University. He is an associate member of the Think Tank 30 of the Club of Rome.

#stewardownership #systemicchange #ownershiprevolution

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Diāna Stankeviča

Talent optimization & performance consultant and management mentor

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Diana is a talent optimization & performance consultant and management mentor. She has master’s degree in HR management and over 15 years of HRM and consultancy experience in global corporations.  Currently Diana is an Associate for the Baltic countries at Progressica Ltd.  – a human capital analytics and performance development company and a Partner of The Predictive Index (PI) which is a scientifically validated management system offering a clear and concise understanding of the work-related needs and drives of an individual.

Besides working with corporates Diana is actively supporting startup ecosystem and also is a mentor in .Cocoon (.Contriber) – a startup founders psychology program focusing on founders personal development and offering participants new perspectives on the solutions of both – business and personal challenges.

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Eduards Timofejevs

Head of Product at Klix.app

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Eduards is with Klix.app from the beginning – joining team in 2018. Eduards is a Head of Product in Klix, a start-up helping region’s e-merchants to grow their business through a better login & checkout experience. He is playing key role in uniting research, UX design, IT, legal, AML, and other fields to shape product roadmap and facilitate continuous discovery, ideation and testing.
Prior to joining Citadele and later Klix, as a product manager in Lattelecom (currently Tet) he was key part of the team that launched Shortcut, currently one of the local OTT market leaders which is standing up against global giants like Netflix & Amazon.

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Susanne Baars

Founder & CEO of SocialGenomics

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Susanne Baars MSc, MA, founder/CEO of technology venture SocialGenomics MOONSHOT and President of the Human Genome Foundation. Susanne’s purpose is to save millions of lives by creating universal access to lifesaving knowledge for every person on our planet. She is awarded the global 2019 Access to Healthcare Award by Sandoz/Novartis, acknowledged by NASA iTech, diverse TEDx stages and featured as the youngest and most disruptive ‘TOP’ woman in the Netherlands.

 

#Healthcare #Moonshot #savinglives #digitalhealth

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Māris Simanovičs

Chairman of the Board at Eco Baltia grupa

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Māris Simanovičs is shareholder and chairman of the board at the largest waste management and recycling company group in Baltics – “Eco Baltia grupa”. Holding includes environment management, collection of recycled materials, trading and used packaging recycling companies. “Eco Baltia grupa” mission is to find value in each and every thing. Maris is leading the team of more than 800 employees. He highly values ambition, creativity and innovativeness in business and that’s why he is always open to jump in new opportunities and swim over blue oceans to reach greater value both in business and personal life. Maris is graduate of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and in 2018 he graduated The Swedish Institute Management Programme on sustainability in business. Just now he has started new project – NOTHOT.org. It’s the innovative digital platform where each of us can calculate our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and reduce them by planting a tree.
He is passionate about nature, hunting, golf, and of course – waste and how technologies can empower smart zero waste movement, recycling and circular economy.

#businessman #circulareconomy #smartzerowaste #nothot

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Sanita Upleja

“Delfi.lv” National news journalist

Sanita Upleja

“Delfi.lv” National news journalist

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Sanita Upleja is “Delfi.lv” National news journalist, covering political and governmental issues. Her experience in this field goes back to 1993. Since that time she had worked in different staff and freelance positions in daily newspaper “Diena”, Latvian public TV, Radio Free Europe Latvian desk, weekly magazine “Ir”, online media – “Diena.lv”, “Ir.lv”, “La.lv”, “politika.lv”, and resided in five different countries apart from native Latvia – Russia, Estonia, USA, Denmark, Sweden.
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Michael Pärt

Co-founder & Chairman of the board "Arvo Pärt Centre"

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Michael Pärt (1977) is a Music Editor who has worked on film scores since 2000. Prior to his recent project “The Danish Girl”, he collaborated with film directors Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola as well as composers Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore amongst others. His experience spans from music conception, spotting and production through to dubbing as well as soundtracks and temp scores. He is also a music producer, and has collaborated with Icelandic singer and artist Björk during the recording phases of her Volta and Vulnicura albums.

Away from production he co-founded the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia. He chairs the foundation which aim is to preserve and research the creative heritage of his father’s legacy. The new building of the Arvo Pärt Centre was opened in 2018 and is accessible to the public. It is home to a chamber concert hall, a library, an archive, classrooms and exhibition space.
Michael holds a master’s degree with distinction in “Composing for Film and TV” from Kingston University in London.

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Henriette Schweiker

International Partner Manager at Moving Adventures Medien

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An outdoor and sports enthusiast with a knack for languages and discovering new countries, Henriette found her tribe with Moving Adventures Medien, the one-of company curating and distributing outdoor sport film tours worldwide. As the International Partner Manager, she makes sure that the success story of the European Outdoor Film Tour and the International OCEAN FILM TOUR reaches new audiences across the globe. After her studies in Germany and France, Henriette learned the ropes of inspiring brand communication at the life style agency Häberlein & Mauerer.

Upon attending the E.O.F.T. in 2012, she bought her first mountain bike and has never looked back. Any sport offering either some adrenaline or calm is a welcome pastime, as long as it takes place outdoors: Yoga, horseback riding, cycling, rafting, running, swimming and last but not least surfing. Henriette’s love for the ocean was reinforced during her studies in Nice, France and remains strong despite her landlocked base in Munich. Her work with Moving Adventures takes her to new places every year, indulging Henriette’s passion for making new connections and discovering new places.

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Jack Everitt

Stand up comedian

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Best described as a grumpy old man in a body of a guy who looks like a child. From the UK, Jack abandoned the Queen in search of beautiful people in the east. Despite their beauty they still do stupid and questionable things and Jack highlights this as well as his inability to act normally in public. Before this, Jack worked on BBC Radio in London, winning several national awards and yes… that is his real voice.
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Eva Brazdzionyte

Consultant, Host, Speaker, Co founder - WIFT LT

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Emerging Regional Expert in Audio-Visual Content Financing with 10+ Years’ Experience in Culture Management. Raised in a small town of Lithuania, globally minded, networker & promoter by nature. I do consulting on creative content development, public financing strategies within the context of audio-visual industry. My interests are films, art, culture, video games, innovation, women empowerment & XR. Currently I work with interactive content production company GLUK MEDIA, on my free time I develop a network of Women in Film & Television Lithuania (WIFT LT). Last year I graduated Women Go Tech mentorship program and became a coach of the International Coaching Community.

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Irmantas Matilionis

CMO of DELFI Lithuania

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Irmantas is a CMO of a leading online news portal DELFI in Lithuania which has launched linear television channel few months ago.

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Eva Johansone

News anchor and editor at Latvian Television

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After graduating from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Latvia, Eva focused on biology. Currently she is studying coastal habitats and thinking how to combine culture, scientists and entrepreneurship to rise the environmental awareness.

 

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Artis Cicens

Founder of corporate innovation consultancy at the Digital Freedom Festival

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Artis Cicens founder of corporate innovation consultancy at the Digital Freedom Festival, is a business innovation pioneer in Latvia, who has specialised and worked in the field of innovations for more than 10 years. He has been an essential resource in making change happen inside such large organizations in Latvia as SEB Banka, Tet, and BTA insurance company.

Artis is a passionate innovation leader who consults organisations on how to boost ideas, innovation and creativity (corporate innovation strategy consultant): assists in the process of designing relevant, clear-cut, and actionable innovation strategies; facilitates the various implementation stages; coaches and trains individuals and groups. Some of the clients are RTU Design Factory, StartupDay, Ekonomikas Ministrija, Lejiņa & Šleiers.

As a result from earlier carrier, Artis is also proficient in marketing and sales, e-commerce, sponsorship and loyalty programme development.

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Ilze Dzenovska

Mediator, trainer and founder of Peace Lab

About

Compassionately sharp professional and agent of social change with passion for peace inside out. Ilze helps leaders, teams and communities to establish effective communication skills, transform conflicts and build lasting partnerships. Ilze is practicing as a mediator, facilitator and trainer of mindful communication and effective negotiation and conflict resolution strategies.

Dedicated to contribute her skills and knowledge in transforming our culture of social dialogue and dispute resolution one human mind, team and community at a time, Ilze has accumulated her expertise in anatomy of peace and conflict and nature of human mind and behavior over more than 15 years of academic and professional work with crafting public policy in the are of criminal justice, gender equality, managing environmental dispute resolution cases and international peacebuilding initiatives in Latvia, Guatemala and United States.

Whether workshop, public discussion or mentoring session Ilze shows up with her passion for understanding and meaningful human connection bridged with researchers’ inquisitive mind. Through her company Peace Lab or service as a board member of Latvian Certified Mediators Council Ilze’s priority is enhancement of individual wellbeing and meaningful human connection in this VUCA digital age.

Ilze is also a longtime meditation and Iyengar yoga practitioner, as well as certified teacher who continues her mind&heart practice during long runs, hikes and board sports adventures.

#conflictresolution #mindfulcommunication #peacemaker

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Mikael Colville-Andersen

CEO, Founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.

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Mikael Colville-Andersen is a renowned thought leader in urban design, author and the host of the world’s first TV series about urbanism, The Life-Sized City. He has a past as a film director and screenwriter, directing, among other things, Denmark’s first indiefilm – Zakka West – back in 2001, which he put onto Instagram in 2019 at the first feature film on the app. He has taught storytelling and screenwriting and published numerous books.

#urbanism #life-sized city #design

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Evija Celma

Chief executive officer (CEO), IT Education foundation

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Whether it’s critical thinking, debates or computer science, education is at the heart of what Evija does on a daily basis. For almost year, she has been leading an IT education foundation created by Accenture Latvia, Riga Technical University and MAK IT. Their most significant project Start(IT) created open source materials for teaching computer science that will be used for teaching the subject in all schools in Latvia starting from the first grade next year as part of school reform. Evija believes that Latvia can be a pioneer and serve as a positive example for IT education for other countries across the world.

Evija’s previous experience has been closely connected with government and politics, the field in which she has earned a master’s degree. She has worked for Transparency International Latvia and the Embassy of Sweden in Latvia as well as leading an election campaign. But Evija’s early work experience during her studies was her the first time she was acquainted with the IT sector, working for a IT company involved in operating online gaming services. Evija believes that in order to be competitive in today’s workplace, we must learn new skills and ideas on a regular basis. In her opinion, AI and basic programming should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Andris Anspoks

Deputy director for Innovations at Institute of Solid State Physics

About

I am managing innovation development system in our institute. My goal is to build a sustainable system which transforms research outcomes into products that will enhance our life. We are expanding our cooperation with the industry making our scientific expertise beneficial for business.

I am a leader of Materize – unit responsible for technology transfer and contract research. We make materials and innovation beneficial to business.

I am also involved in Open Access Laboratory concept implementation in our institute, which is linked with organizational changes, quality management system implementation, and long term sustainability of our institute.

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Andra Čudare

Delfi.lv social media editor

About

Andra is delfi.lv social media editor with a passion to write mostly about traveling and cooking. You can always ask her what to cook today as she knows what kind of recipes people are sharing on Facebook. Her career in journalism started in radio NABA as a producer and host of a show about contemporary art. Afterwards a few years she spent in advertising in “Radio Skonto” and still from time to time Andra enjoys interviewing scientists and putting complicated things in simple words.

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Andreas Blin

Head Of International Sales at has.to.be gmbh

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Andreas Blin is Head of Internationale Sales at has∙to∙be GmbH a leading supplier of Software and Services for the e-Mobility Industry, where, in addition to serving the core customer base, he also works on strategic marketing, sales and organisational topics. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from the Montanistic University of Leoben, Austria and an MBA from the SMA in Vienna. Andreas has more than twenty years of experience in international business and sales, he held positions in the field of plastics machinery and later lead the sales team of the world market leader for cheese making machinery. He is a well-received and reviewed speaker at international conferences, who focuses on clarifying complex issues for the benefit of a broader and specialised audience.

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Sandra Kropa

Latvian radio and TV journalist

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Sandra Kropa is a Latvian radio and TV journalist specialising in science and environment issues. More than 14 years she is hosting a radio broadcast about various environmental topics and since 2015 when she did a TV documentary about Tobago island underwater world, she has started reporting on TV also about other regions, including Baltic Sea. Marine life and everything connected to the life under the water and near the water is her passion which she tries to make part of her professional life in science communication. Since 2017 she is host and editor of popular science TV broadcast “Izziņas Impulss”

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Mārtiņš Bērziņš

Head of Digital Channels at Citadele banka

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Citadele E-Business Department Director since 2017. Worked on implementation of several innovative banking services such as Face ID and un Touch ID, flash payments and contactless mobile, wristband and sticker payment. Oversees cooperation with fintech companies.

“Monea” Co-founder and board chair from 2014 to 2017, overseeing product and IT system development. From 2007 to 2015 he worked at “Clusterpoint” in various marketing and sales capacities. Was board chair, a board advisor and stakeholder. Was responsible for the product sales strategy, new market strategy, partner cooperation and business management. From 2012 to 2013 was the global sales director at “RIX Technologies”. From 2010 to 2012 he worked as commercial director at the Latvian State Radio and TV, and before that at “SAF Tehnika” and “Hewlett-Packard”.

Has an MBA from the Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration, a bachelor’s degree in experimental physics from the University of Latvia Physics and Mathematics Faculty, and has studied in the Physics and Mathematics Faculty at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.

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Zane Bojāre

Head of Marketing at Startup Wise Guys, Co-founder at social enterprise Lude

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After 10+ years in marketing communications and building her own company – a social enterprise providing senior employment and minimising textile waste, Zane is currently helping techy startup founders become entrepreneurs at one of Europe’s top startup accelerators – Startup Wise Guys.

As part of this journey, she has mentored more than 100 startups on business basics, building their stories and marketing, and lately actively working also on the topic of company culture and values.

She is also an active mover and shaker of the vibrant startup ecosystem in the Baltics and the main person behind a comprehensive Startup Scene report about the region.

Untypical for tech and business scene, Zane holds a Master degree in Philosophy.

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Frank Petry

CEO Thundermountain, PECON and Executive Partner Areasix

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Frank is a serial entrepreneur who turned Angel investor, LP, GP and advisory board member (e.g. TFG, Vestcorp, Baltic Sandbox). He is also working for 30+ years in executive functions on the management board and in projects. Top level executive coach and mentor. Focus on holistic corporate development, innovation, leadership, communication and executive management. Various board positions in interest groups, as well as member of international network associations and ecosystem builder, trying to strengthen the European Tech Ecosystem. Frank works with startups, SMEs and big corporates as Motorola, BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bahn, Arrow, Airbus, Daimler, RWE, ME, Schenker, RECARO, Adecco and many more.

#corporateventuring #innovation #entrepreneurship #intrapreneurship #investor #VC #tech

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Inese Andersone

Partner at Gateway&Partners

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Inese is an entrepreneur, a founder of export consulting company Gateway&Partners, mentor and socially active person. She is also behind a movement The Red Jackets which united best exporting brands of Latvia. Inese is currently also elected in Riga city municipality.
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Jakob Horvat

Adventurer, author, yoga teacher - Thousand First Steps

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Jakob Horvat, born in 1986 in St. Pölten, lower Austria. Has always loved to do things differently. Most important learning from his schooldays, next to writing: “”Don’t give up!”” Studied journalism at the university of Vienna. Loves great stories, as a former TV reporter and even more so as a world traveler. Jakob Horvat hitchhiked from Vienna to America in 2016 and traveled the world for 14 months. No plans, just one goal: „Try as many new things as possible“. That led him to live with shamans in the Amazon rainforest, made him run an ultra-marathon up the highest volcano of Maui and got him into Yoga and a Zen monastery.

Jakob Horvat loves adventures, both in the outer and inner world. Looks for the balance, sometimes desperately. Believes in the sunny side of humanity. Tries to contribute his part to it. Loves quotes, nature and fruit gums. Has published his self-discovery and traveling book „WELTNAH – Raus aus der Komfortzone, rein ins Leben“ in Spring 2019. Follows his life slogan: „Trust the journey.“ Jakob Horvat lives in Vienna.”

#worldtraveler #selfdevelopment #trusttheprocess

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Adriāna Roze

Film director, writer, AV media consultant

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Adriāna is an award winning film director who works with a multitude of different types of film and audiovisual media.

With a background in political science and European Studies, she worked in radio and television broadcasting as a writer, producer and anchor for more than 15 years.

Gradually she turned to documentary filmmaking, fiction, music videos and commercials. In her works the theme of the individual versus the collective recurs often. Her latest academic research for the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture examines fragmentation – historical and contemporary changes in visual storytelling, as an attempt to exercise engagement and control over the attention of the audience.

Besides filmmaking, she is also consulting businesses about AV media, from video to 3D and VR, its execution, interactive storytelling and audience engagement.

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Mārtiņš Bičevskis

SJSC “State Real Estate” Chairman of the Supervisory Board

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Mr. Bicevskis has an extensive experience in the management of State Corporations, he also has previously fulfilled the obligations of State Secretary of Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance, has also held executive positions in the structures of the Ministry of the Interior for 5 years: he was the Head of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (initially as acting), an advisor to the Minister of the Interior and Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior. Mr. Bicevskis has served as the President of the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia, as well as the Vice-President and Council Member of the Latvian Employers’ Confederation and until 2019 he was the member of the Supervisory Board of JSC “Latvenergo”.

Mr. Bicevskis has graduated the Faculty of Law of University of Latvia, obtaining a degree in law.

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Artis Ozoliņš

Communication specialist, radio show producer and technology enthusiast

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Artis Ozoliņš, communication specialist, radio show producer and technology enthusiast Public relations and digital communication professional with experience in private and public sector, and NGOs. In addition to his work Artis hosts events and discussions and produces Radio NABA Friday morning show and technology podcast
#DigitālāsBrokastis.
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Vismands Menjoks

Chief Commercial Officer

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Vismands Menjoks is CCO at the Latvia-based company “Apply” that offers custom AI Computer Vision, Machine learning solutions in various industries, making them more efficient and competitive. Vismands is an active advocate for AI technologies and contributes regularly as a speaker and consultant to government organisations, think-tanks, and discussions on topics like Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and AI technologies.

I believe in technology because in my mind there are no borders between industries and between continents. I am a firm believer in the value of networking and sharing ideas. Add courage and there is no limit to achieving great things that will serve us all.

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Andrus Raudsalu

CEO of Postimees Grupp

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Andrus Raudsalu is a CEO of Postimees Grupp – one of the largest media holdings in Baltic states publishing newspapers, including Estonian leading daily Postimees that was founded in 1857, and operating leading online news portals, news agencies, TV- and radio stations.
Andrus has been active on media landscape since 1999 when he was one of the co-founders of Delfi portals that were later acquired by Ekspress Grupp. In 1999-2009 he was managing Delfi portals in different roles as CTO, MD and CEO.
Tenure in Delfi was followed by start-up entrepreneur period when he was commuting between Tallinn and Silicon Valley.
Andrus joined Postimees in 2014.
Andrus has produced 18 short and 2 feature length stop-motion films in Nukufilm studio.

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Konstantīns Kuzikovs

CEO at AS DELFI

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Media professional with more than 14 years of experience in leading media in Latvia, of which he has been leading AS DELFI for 6 years. Konstantīns has specialised in business management, development, sales and marketing and is currently transferring his knowledge to students by teaching a number of courses at several universities. Holds a master’s degree and international professional diploma in marketing. More than 9 years of sales and marketing management experience in media and advertising business, including as executive director in the largest media holdings of Latvia.
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David Tvrdon

Podcast producer at Denník SME

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David Tvrdon is a tech & media journalist, podcast producer and product manager for online news at SME.sk in Slovakia. Before that he worked as social media manager and later as a data journalist. He has a background in digital marketing.

#podcasts #audio #digitaljournalism

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Stewart Rogers

Analyst at VentureBeat

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Stewart Rogers has over 25 years experience in sales, marketing, managing, and mentoring in the software and IT industries. He is currently Analyst-at-large VentureBeat, where he analyzes and studies marketing technology, artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, and virtual/mixed reality.


He is also a journalist for VentureBeat, reporting the news on those same topics. Prior to VentureBeat, Rogers ran a number of successful software companies and held global roles in sales and marketing for businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. He has contributed to several sales and marketing publications and is regularly invited to speak at major tech events across the globe.

#AI #digitalnomad #mentalhealth

 

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Stoyan Yankov

Productivity & Performance Strategist

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A serial entrepreneur, with a background from movie production, digital marketing and event coordination. Today Stoyan is a productivity & performance consultant, startup mentor and speaker, travelling the world and inspiring teams to focus on what matters most.
Stoyan is also a co-founder & managing director at Samodiva Masterminds – an organization for high-end business networks and personal growth events. Recently, he became a partner at the consulting group – Pro-Lead A/S.
He is co-authoring an upcoming book about scale ups and business innovation.

#productivity #entrepreneurship #motivation

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Christian Anting

CEO of All Media Baltics

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Christian Anting is a CEO of a leading media group “All Media Baltics”. Before joining “AM Baltics” Christian has spent eight years with TVN Group, Poland’s leading television group and part of Discovery Inc. Christian Anting joined TVN group in 2010 as COO and Vice President of the Management Board of TVN’s Pay TV Platforms Telewizja and ncplus.

In 2016, he was appointed to the group’s management board, responsible for Digital and eCommerce, leading the group’s Digital Transformation initiatives and OTT platform. Previous management positions include SBS Broadcasting in London and Amsterdam, CMore Entertainment in Stockholm, KirchGroup and Premiere (Sky Deutschland) in Munich. Christian Anting currently serves also as a mentor to the HenkelX Mentorship Club.

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Juris Šleiers

Co-Founder at Digital Freedom Festival

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An experienced journalist, editor and columnist, Juris is a Co-Founder of “Riga Venture Summit”, the Latvian Startup association and Co-Founder of the NGO Nordic Reputation Hub and flagship event “ReputationTime” conference. In addition to organizing events, Juris actively attends tech conventions and never misses opportunity to dive into the after parties.

Juris was Editor in Chief at Klubs, the largest men’s lifestyle magazine in Latvia for 10 years. He has experience in premium corporate publishing as the Editor for Audi Magazine and contributed to Mercedes Benz corporate publications. Juris has been published in local lifestyle magazines such as Klubs, Santa, Pastaiga, Deko, as well as international brands: Cosmopolitan, FHM, Shape, AutoBild, SNOB, Robb Report.

Wine, cats and writing. That’s Juris, if you had to describe him in three words. Juris enjoys long-distance running, and every now and then conquers mountain summits, such as Kilimanjaro. Juris believes in balance – if you drink fine wines and eat good food, then you have to stay in shape. He’s adopted the ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude in both his personal and professional life.

If you’ll be joining us at our after-parties, you’re guaranteed to see Juris in the spotlight orchestrating all the fun.

#DFF #WorkHardPlayHard #publishing

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Chris Brown

Acceleration Manager at 500 Startups

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Chris has worked in multiple roles around the startup scene for the past several years both in Europe and in the US. He’s a passionate and driven connector and advisor, and most recently has started a small venture experiment, worked on startup/corporate collaboration, run accelerators and incubators, and helped build and lead brand ecosystems. Chris views startups and technology as an essential element to breaking down the walls between cultures and opportunities that separate humanity. Chris currently leads the 500 Startups Moscow program.

#venturecapital #advisor #connector

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Olegs Nikitins

Workplace strategy consultant

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Workplace strategy consultant with a focus on design management for commercial interiors. With a degree in business from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and a 15 years experience in event production, Olegs combines the best out of these two fields to help businesses find leverage workplace environments to increase collaboration and engagement within the organization.

In 2017, working with RE developer Hanner Olegs launched an award-winning coworking space in Riga, Teikums. It was during that time, Olegs identified a substantial gap between businesses’ expectations for office design and interior designers’ mindsets and values. To minimize this gap, after the project was completed, Olegs started his consultancy, which develops interior design solutions for commercial spaces, as well as implementation strategies for change management.

#futureofwork #workplacestrategy #officedesign

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Hans Luik

Supervisory board member at AS Ekspress Grupp

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Hans H. Luik is an Estonian businessman and journalist. Not long after graduating from the University of Tartu, he founded the biggest weekly newspaper, Eesti Ekspress and also Ekspress Grupp of which he’s still the majority owner. AS Ekspress Grupp is the leading media group in the Baltics. The Group excels in online media platforms, publication of daily/weekly newspapers, magazines and books including all the printing services. The group online portal Delfi is well-known in all three Baltic countries.

Hans is a regular speaker and panel moderator on many well-known international conferences and seminars as well as a journalist interviewing top politicians, arts leaders and historians.

#journalist #businessman #DELFI

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Ilhan Zengin

CEO at ShowHeroes

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Ilhan Zengin is founder and CEO of ShowHeroes, one of Europe’s fastest growing video startups. He demonstrated his extensive expertise in international business development and advertising for several years as part of the management of the native advertising platform plista, whose rollout in 15 markets he was responsible for.

Together with Mario Tiedemann and Dennis Kirschner, Zengin founded ShowHeroes in 2016. Based in Berlin and Riga, the company offers publishers and advertisers a complete solution for content production, player technology and mobile first video marketing.

#mobilemarketing #video #advertising

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Govert Jan Bijl de Vroe

Ambassador at Netherlands Embassy

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Govert Jan Bijl de Vroe has had over 30 years of experience at the Dutch Foreign ministry, working both at the Foreign ministry ‘headquarters’ in The Hague and at Dutch embassies abroad (in Seoul, Vienna, Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon and Riga). His fields of work have included European cooperation, security policy, human rights, economic diplomacy and human resources (recruitment). Ambassador Bijl de Vroe has been living and working in Riga, Latvia since August of last year. He is married and has three children.

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Uldis Leiterts

Co-Founder of Digital Freedom Festival and Infogr.am, Entrepreneur

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Uldis is someone who doesn’t believe it until he’s seen it. A passionate photographer, Uldis has traveled to over 50 countries around the world, which included trekking across Iran (twice), and reaching the summit of Asia’s largest volcano the Damavand.

Uldis is an experienced and awarded entrepreneur, designer, and co-founder of distinguished startups such as Attitude.ai, conversational interfaces for marketing automation, and Infogr.am, an interactive data visualization tool. He’s mentored startups in several regions as part of the Pirate Summit and Pioneer Festival.

#DFF #digitalnomad #startups

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CAT

Happy Spirit

About

Have you ever just watched cat videos for 2 hours? We have too.

The internet’s most popular animal is here with some awesome cat accounts to relieve your stress and bring some positivity to your daily life. When you feel positive, you are more productive and make better decision, it’s science!

Come on, just take a short break…