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Māris Kučinskis

Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Prime Minister of Latvia since 2016. Previously Chairman of Valmiera City Council, Minister for Regional Development and Local Governments, Member of the Parliament of Latvia. “Let’s work

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Arvils Ašeradens

Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia and Deputy Prime Minister

Since February 2016, Arvils Ašeradens is the Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia and the Deputy Prime Minister. In his past he has been the Parliamentary Secretary of

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Andris Ozols

General Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Having a background in mathematics and a degree in Business Administration, Andris Ozols became an entrepreneur as soon as the first business opportunities arose with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Andris

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Uldis Pīlēns

Chairman of the Council of the UPB Holding

A well-recognised architect and entrepreneur. He has proven that a small architect bureau can grow into an internationally important multi-sector group of companies.

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Juris Gulbis

Chairman of the Board of Lattelecom

Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lattelecom believes that passion is what makes daily routine interesting and helps turning bold ideas into reality.

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Guntis Beļavskis

Chairman of the Board, CEO of Citadele bank

Growth of SMEs to facilitate economic stability and wellbeing of the Baltic States is one thing that Bank Citadele focuses on. 

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Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia

Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia since 2016. The Banker, a magazine of the British daily Financial Times, has named her the Finance

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Rohit Talwar

Global futurist, Founder & CEO of Fast Future Research

Futurist who works with global businesses to help them understand and create the future, and is an award winning speaker noted for his provocative content.

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Cecilia Tham

Innovation Strategist

Cecilia is an activist enabling companies to leverage high impact technologies to solve global challenges. She is currently an innovation strategist at Alpha.

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Leo Seļāvo

Professor, Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia

With interdisciplinary research and development that positively changes the world being his pursuit, Leo`s main focus is on wireless sensor networks and Internet of Things (WSN/IoT). This includes:

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Anna Ramata-Stunda

Co-founder and CEO of Alternative Plants

Anna is passionate about biotechnology and continuously explores ways how to use it as a tool for making our lives better. She is

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Jānis Jātnieks

Founder and CEO of WiDE

Co-founder and CEO of 3D printing company Baltic3D which is one of the largest industrial printing centres in Northern Europe and a leading distributer of 3D technologies in the Baltics. Currently Jānis is working on the project WiDE to develop 3D

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Juris Pūce

Founder of 4SmartStreets, pioneer of artificial intelligence in Latvia

Juris is a smart technology person. He focuses on application of artificial intelligence in machine vision. Juris has always been passionate about finding ways and technologies that change the world and improve our

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Liene Rubina

Head of IdeaLAB, Riga Technical University

Liene Rubina has wide experience in local and international project management as a lead of RTU pre-incubator IdeaLAB and accelerator, also leading person of European Innovation and technology

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Andreas Ellenberger

Consultant, Trainer and Coach for Project Management and Sustainability

The main interests of Andreas include enabling organisations to increase their success in sustainable business.

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Agnis Stibe

Founder at transforms.me, Professor at ESLSCA Business School Paris

Professor who founded the Theory of Transforming Wellbeing. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Media Lab), he began with establishing research on

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Dagnija Blumberga

Director of Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Riga Technical University

Having founded engineering consulting company Ekodoma in 1991, she started gaining experience

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Dāvids Štēbelis

Partner, Board Member of ALINA, Mentor and Business Trainer

Dāvids has been leading an international company for more than 14 years. He has also worked as a manager of product development at Telia Latvia and been the founder of several global start-ups. Skilled in

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Gunita Kuļikovska

Founder and CEO of Vividly

Gunita’s background lays in architecture, urbanism and urban strategies. She is a named Forbes’ 30 under 30 and a TEDx speaker. Archipreneur has also given her praise, as she was proclaimed one of seven most inspiring female

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Madara Ūlande

Executive Director of Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia (SEAL)

Madara is a member of Creative Council of the Centenary Celebrations of the State of Latvia. Her experience in leading civil society and social activism projects and organisations

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Viesturs Celmiņš

Anthropologist with Specialization in Design and Urban Planning

Viesturs is anthropologist who brings 15 years of research on public space, livability, and community into urban design and smart city growth. Currently he works on application of immersive technologies in public

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Nigel Risner

Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, Author

The only motivational speaker in Europe to have been awarded Speaker of the Year from The Academy for Chief Executives, The Executive Committee and Footdown.

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Geoff Ramm

Creator and author of Celebrity Service & OMG Marketing

Multi-award winning speaker who has challenged audiences across six continents to look deeper, think smarter and create better,

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Michael Teoh Su Lim

Founding Director & Lead Trainer, Thriving Talents Pte. Ltd.

Award-winning education entrepreneur, the founder of Thriving Talents, the world’s Top 100 Learning and Development Coach, 

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Xiaotian Zhang

Associate Vice President of Shanghai University, Jean Monnet Professor, Multimillionaire Investor

Taking more than 100 flights per year, he names himself an “academic entrepreneur” and a “global citizen”. He is a former Rajawali Fellow at the ASH CENTER of Harvard Kennedy

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Steve Wells

Global futurist, keynote speaker, COO of Fast Future

Futurist who advises global corporations on the transformative potential of disruptive technologies and how brands can leverage them to create distinctive identities 

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Zsolt Feher

Managing Director at Hogan Assessment Systems Europe

With 15 years of experience in the consulting industry, Zsolt has delivered numerous workshops on leadership, company and project management, public speaking,

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Gustavs Terzens

DJ, musician, journalist, TV show creator and presenter, event host

As a personality with multiple talents, Gustavs is a musician, traveller, journalist, DJ, creator and presenter of TV shows and radio programmes at the same time.

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Gitāna Dāvidsone

CEO at Organization Development Academy

Gitāna has more than 20 years’ experience in HR and management development: mostly as a consultant but for several years also as a head of consulting company PwC. Having established HR and management

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Gunita Smirnova

Partner at Talentor Latvia

Discovering and developing talents has always been crucial, both for individuals and organizations. Having worked in HR for 20 years, Gunita has had the opportunity to see how rapidly the HR industry and business environment change and evolve

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Jānis Palkavnieks

Spokesperson of Draugiem Group

The spokesperson of Draugiem Group since 2011, Jānis Palkavnieks started his career by heading the development of the pubic relations department of the University of Latvia and leading as the director.

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Zanda Arnava

HR Lead of Accenture in Latvia

Working in the IT sector means learning new things every day and enjoying constant self-improvement while creating the personnel management of the future based on business needs. Zanda joined Accenture ten years ago, when the

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Brian Wong

Founder and CEO at Kiip, Author of The Cheat Code

26 years old founder and CEO of Kiip, youngest person ever to receive venture capital funding and multi awarded leader as Top 5 Entrepreneur to Watch, 

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Tom Commeine

Business and Talent Development Expert, Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker

An entrepreneurial talent and business development expert with over twenty years of experience. He’s a founding partner

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Paul Hughes

Global Speaker, Trainer, Author on growth

A recognised authority and keynote speaker on growth. Coming from a long tradition of Irish storytellers, he uses humour, clear articulation, and “professional warmth”

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