Alumni Auditorium

RBS Alumni Auditorium is a first of its kind virtual lecture auditorium in the Europe!

Alumni Auditorium

RBS Alumni Auditorium is a first of its kind virtual lecture auditorium in the Europe!

Faculty

 

Ieva Azanda
 

Ph.D.cand., Riga Stradins University
LL.M (Finance), Institute for
Law and Finance, J. W. Goethe
University Frankfurt am Main

Business Law

Ieva Azanda is practicing law in the law firm SORAINEN specializing in competition law, EU and regulatory law, corporate and finance law, as well as M&A transactions. Her earlier professional experience also include working for European Central Bank Legal services. Having received Master’s degree in law, she continues to pursue Ph.D degree in the Riga Stradins University.


 

Justin Wesley Bancroft

IMD Business School

Corporate Governance

Justin Wesley Bancroft is a member of Lattelecom Supervisory Council since 25 January 2013. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, and a former partner with Deloitte, an international “Big-4” professional services firm.  From 2012, he has been an independent consultant in the areas of finance and corporate governance, and a guest lecturer or adjunct faculty at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Riga Business School. He is currently a candidate in the masters of education program at Northern Arizona University.

 

 

Chiaki Bems
 

Ph.D. SUNY, Buffalo

 

US History

Chiaki Bems is lecturer in American history and literature. Her research interests include the twentieth-century American poetry, the visual arts, and comparative literature.


 

Jānis Bergs
 

MBA,
RTU Riga Business School

Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Manager

Jānis Bergs has been working in IT industry since 1993. Over this time period he founded, headed and further developed company Fortech that grew into Pan-Baltic IT corporation Microlink with more than 600 employees and 20 companies. Having sucessfully sold these companies to consortium Baltic Telecoms. Janis Bergs is now the major shareholder and chairman of the Board in the company FMS Ltd. that develops and implements management information software. His other responsibilities include being Board member of LIKTA (Latvian Association of Information and Communication Technologies) and Chairman of Board of Latvian IT Cluster.


 

Ingrīda Blūma
 

MSc., Stockholm University

Human Resource Management

Ingrīda Blūma’s work experience is mainly related to the banking sector, where she worked for almost 20 years. Working at Hansabanka in the capacity of the Executive Vice President of a company gave a unique business experience in the banking industry and corporate business environment. Under her leadership Hansabanka grew to to become the biggest bank of Latvia. Ingrīda Blūma believes that the formation of a good management team the main and the most important task of a good manager.
Her other responsibilities include member of the company PureFood and RBS. Her additional training includes INSEAD Advanced Management Program and Strategic management and leadership training course at EBRD. Ingrīda Blūma also serves on the Advisory Council of RBS.


 

Juris Blūms 
 

PhD in Physics, University of Latvia

 

Juris Blums is accotiative professor in physics at Riga Technical University and the vice director in learning of Technical Physics Institute. Scientific interests: investigation of laser induced creation of electrically active centres in silicon and germanium as well as the heterogeneous precipitation of oxygen at such centres; the ultrafast X-ray spectrometry of melting dynamics of semiconductors under action of laser radiation; modification of solids with laser radiation, characterisation of thin films on textile substrates by laser radiation, creation of human motion energy harvesters and its integration into apparel, ambient motion energy harvesting by electrodinamical and electrostatical harvesters, elaboration of physics study materials for distance learning and teaching. Visiting professor at Oulu Technological University, Finland,11.2005 and at University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Germany), 05.2012. Author of more than 25 scientific papers, 5 Latvian Patents.


 

Johan Bredberg 

BA, Oxford University
PhD, Oxford University
Mathematics

Johan Bredberg studied mathematics at Oxford University in the UK. He is most interested in pure maths, in particular analytic number theory. With Swedish roots, he now looks forward to joining RBS and living in the beautiful city of Riga.


 

Andrejs Dzedons
 

Dr.Sc., Latvian
Academy of Sciences 
MBA, University
at Buffalo, State
University of New York

Strategic Management
Operations and Service Management

Andrejs Dzedons is an Associate Professor at Riga Business School. He has spent 12 years teaching strategic management and operations in the Riga Business School MBA program and has regularly trained and consulted many regional businesses. He holds PhD degree from Latvian Academy of Sciences in power electronics and MBA from State University of NewYork at Buffalo.His research interests include company operations , strategy and distinctive competencies of the companies. Andrejs Dzedons also serves on the RBS Council.

 

 

Inese Eglīte
 

MBA, RTU Riga Business School

Marketing Management
Marketing Research

Inese Eglite has more than 10 years professional experience in marketing in FMCG and service industry gained in the positions of Marketing Director in Latvijas Balzams, Aizkraukles Banka and Riga Stock Exchange. Since 2001 she has been teaching marketing and marketing research in RBS. She has also been a trainer for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and acted as a management consultant for various businesses. Her fields of expertise are international marketing strategy, new product development process and non-traditional marketing. Currently Inese works as the Marketing Director of Valmieras Piens.


 

Daiga Ērgle
 

MBA,
RTU Riga Business School

Human Resource Management

Daiga Ērgle is Vice President Human Resources at airBaltic.  Before that she was heading Executive Search branch of Fontes Group - Aims International (member of a global network). Her Human Resource management practitioner’s experience comes from several international companies, including Siemens, Stockmann and Gutta. Her fields of expertise cover General Human Resource management, Executive Search, Assessment & Development. She has HRM consulting, as well as Training background. Some of her professional social roles include active HR Club membership since 1999 and chairing of FICIL’s Labor Committee for the 3 year period from 2007 till 2010. At Riga Business School she has been teaching HRM course since 2008. 


 

Ricardo Martín Flores
 

MA, Complutense University. Madrid
BA,  Complutense University. Madrid  

Spanish

Ricardo Martín Flores studied Business Administration at Complutense University, with specialization in Actuarial and Financial Sciences. He has got a Master in Statistics and Operational Research. He has been certified as “Expert in Coaching” as well. He is currently researching on his Phd while transferring his Dissertation from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to University of Latvia. 


 

Anita Gaile

Human Resources Management

More than ten years of practical experience working as HR Manager for JSC “Air Baltic Corporation”, British Embassy (Baltic-Nordic Network), and JSC “Citadele banka”. Has been responsible for HR strategy and policies, industrial relations, internal communication, leadership and organizational development and various change programs implementation. The key strength areas are change management, performance management recruitment and leadership development. Active member of Latvian Human Resource management association. Has graduated MBA in Latvian University, Has professional qualification as certified Change Practioner and Business Coach. Currently studies for PhD in Business Management program and is developing own business INTÚ, personalized network for independent professionals, business and science.


 

Elīna Gaitniece

MBA, RTU Riga Business School
BA, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, University of Latvia

 

BBA Thesis

Elīna Gaitniece has more than 10 years’ experience as a Managing Director and Member of the Board in company Philips Baltic, creating strong and trusted Philips brand within markets of Baltic countries, leading several transformation and reorganization projects within company, ensuring successful development of new categories/markets/distribution channels. Under her leadership company reached strong market leadership positions within several product categories and has shown long term track record as company which works with very high quality standards for internal processes recognized on corporate level. Elina is also member of board of Association of Producers of Small Domestic Appliances.

 

 

Lāsma Gaitniece

BA, University of Latvia
Mg. philol., Liepaja University

 

Latvian language as a foreign language

Lāsma Gaitniece is a Latvian language instructor at the RTU, Faculty of E-Learning Technologies and Humanities, and at RBS.  She is a member of the Association of Journalists (Republic of Latvia) and of the European Latvian Association. Since 2005 she has been the associate professor for Latvian as a foreign language courses. She has worked as a guest lecturer at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germany) un University of West-Hungary (Hungary). In addition to her degrees in linguistics, has also received a degree in Public Relations. Ms. Gaitniece is author of multiple publications and several textbooks.


 

Jānis Grabis

Dr. sc. ing.,
Riga Technical University

Enterprise Process and Applications

Jānis Grabis is a Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Riga Technical University, Latvia. He obtained his PhD from the Riga Technical University in 2001 and worked as a Research Associate at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has published in major academic journals including OMEGA, European Journal of Operational Management, International Journal of Production Research, Computers & Industrial Engineering and others. His research and teaching are in areas of process optimization, enterprise applications, supply chain management, and project management. He also serves as a director of Institute of Information Technology, Riga Technical University.


 

Glen Grant

MA - York St John University UK
Adjunct Faculty US Centre for Civil Military Relations
Human Resource Management 

Glen Grant is currently a lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) for the BBA course at RBS. He is an experienced reform and transformation consultant working at Government level in the fields of Defense and Security, Justice, Education, Governance, Business and Sport. Recent international clients include Telecoms and Universities. Glen brings a unique insight to HRM having served as an Army officer, been a diplomat, a political adviser, a journalist, a sports coach, an international company CEO and run a prison. There are few people issues he has not faced at least once.


 

Jānis Grēviņš
 

Ph.D., University at Buffalo,
State University of New York
MBA, University at Buffalo,
State University of New York

Project Management

Jānis Grēviņš has been the Director of Riga Business School at Riga Technical University since April 2003. He also serves as the member of Lattelecom Supervisory Council. He is teaching and conducting research on the effects of modern communication means in project management. From 1998 till 2003 J. Grēviņš studied for his PhD and worked as a project coordinator at the School of Management of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA. 


 

Voldemārs Innus
 

MBA, University at Buffalo,
State University of
New York

Information Technology and Strategy

Voldemars Innus has more than 30 years experience as a service and information Director and Vice-President at the State University of New York at Buffalo providing the leadership, coordination and management to integrate IT planning and implementation efforts by the university community.Voldemars Innus was also instrumental in the creation of Riga Business School and was awarded the Three Star Order for outstanding civil merits in the service of Latvia in 2005 . Voldemars Innus is the chairman of the Advisory Board of RBS.


 
 

Inga Jākobsone
 

PhD, BA School of Business and Finance
MBA, Riga Business School

Production and Operations

Inga Jakobsone has more than 10 years experience as a Managing Director in company International Paper, providing leadership, coordination and management to integrate Baltics operations into company’s European business.  Her fields of expertise cover Strategic Management, International Business, Production and Operations Management. Inga Jakobsone has received  PhD from joint doctoral program of BA School of Business and Finance, RISEBA and VA in business management.


 

Andrejs Jakobsons
 

Ph.D.cand., University of Latvia
MA, Indiana University

Managerial Economics
CFA Level 1 prep course

 

Andrejs Jakobsons teaches economics-related courses at Riga Business School as an Adjunct Professor. In recent years he has worked as a researcher at the Baltic International Center for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS) and a consultant on labor market issues. His research interests include international economics, labor economics and macroeconomics. Previously Andrejs worked as an economist for the World Bank Latvia Office carrying out research and project-related duties (1998-2006). He holds an MA degree in Economics from Indiana University, USA. Andrejs Jakobsons also serves on the RBS Council.


 

Maksims Jegorovs
 

MSc., University of Latvia

Information Management systems

Maksim started his education in mathematics and continued it in computer science. After graduating Bachelor and Masters programs of Physics and Mathematics faculty, spent 10 years working for major Latvian companies, such as Lattelecom, LMT, Tele2, Latvenergo, allowing to build a strong technological and managerial profile. Joined „Accenture in 2004, and already in 2007 became lead of Accenture Latvia thanks to a strong vision and high performance strategy of Maksim.


 

Valters Kaže
 

PhD in Economics, University of Latvia

Service Marketing

Valters Kaže has 20 years experience in marketing and strategy. Duringhis career he has held marketing executive roles at leading international companies in the Baltics within financial services and FMCG sectors.Valters earned his PhD in Economics from University of Latvia. His primary research interests are related to consumer behaviour, international marketing and business competitiveness. Besides his professional and academic roles, Valters is a member of the board at the Latvian Association of Marketing Professionals - the national association of marketing practitioners.


 

Andrejs Koliškins 
 

Ph.D., University of
St. Petersburg, Russia
M.Math., University of Latvia

Managerial Statistics
Marketing Research
CFA Level 1 prep course

Andrejs Koliškins is a Professor at Riga Technical University and an Associate profesor of statistics at Riga Business School. He is also a visiting professor teaching at Honkong University of Science and Technology. His research interests involve investigation of stability problems in hydraulics and fluid mechanics with applications to open-channel flows and transient flows in hydraulic systems, mathematical methods for heat and mass transfer problems, mathematical models for eddy current testing problems and business applications of statistics. Andrejs Koliškins has extensive list of academic publications. Andrejs Koliškins also serves on the RBS Council.


 

Laine Kristberga

PhD studies (currently) - Art Academy of Latvia,
History of Art
PhD studies - University of Latvia,
History of Film and Theatre
MA - University of London,
History of Visual Media and Film
MPhilol - University of Latvia,
English Culture and Literature
BA - University of Latvia, English Philology 

The Firm

Arts General

Laine Kristberga is an art historian and critic. Currently she is writing her PhD dissertation on mediated self-portrait forms in contemporary art (photography and video). Laine is an author of numerous publications in Latvia and abroad. She is also reading Digital Image and Visual Anthropology courses at the Riga Stradins University, as well as working as an English translator and text editor at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art.


 

Sandra Krisberga

BSc in Public relations, BA Turiba,
Master Degree in Health Care with Specialization in Dance Movement Therapy,
Riga Stradins University,
MSc in Managing Organizational Performance, Cranfield University

Strategy

Sandra Krisberga - Extensive (15 + years) business and managerial experience in European Pan –Baltics and Scandinavian markets), in the area of sales and marketing. Diverse international business sectors - FCMG (Gutta), Retail (Nelss), Industry supplier (Tetra Pak). Professional experience of working in Sweden with Tetra Pak, handling one of the biggest and most challenging customer – Arla Foods and where she was the member of the strategic team and business development team driving the key account strategy and its implementation across diverse markets.

Currently Sandra acts as lecturer and public speaker on various subjects while her core area of interest is mindfulness at work and decision-making.


 

Marina Le Clere

MBA, INSEAD

Accounting and Finance

Marina le Clere has extensive international work experience in finance and business development functions of multinational corporations. She worked in such companies as Goldman, Sachs in New York and Honeywell Europe in Czech Republic and Belgium. Her fields of expertise and continued interest cover financial analysis, company valuations as well as financial aspects of decision-making process.


 

Raimonds Lieksnis

MBA, University at Buffalo,
State University of New York
M.Ing., Riga Technical University
PhD, Riga Technical University

Financial Management
Entrepreneurial Finance

Raimonds Lieksnis currently holds the position of as Finance Director in SIA TVG where he develops company financial strategy as well as works with external financers to obtain financing for company’s development. He is also Finance Director of SIA Tilde. Raimonds Lieksnis is working towards his Ph.D candidate in economics at Riga Technical University. His research interests include predictive power of price patterns in the Baltic Stock market. Raimonds Lieksnis also serves on the RBS Council.


 

Raivis Lucijanovs
 

MBA,
RTU Riga Business School

Financial and Managerial Accounting
Financial Management

Raivis Lucijanovs is the Chief Financial Officer at LatRosTrans, SIA. Previously he has held financial management positions at Finstrum SIA, Tipro Baltic SIA, and AS Pasažieru vilciens. He has been teaching accounting and finance courses at Riga Business School since 2008.

 

 

Greg Mathers
 

MBA,
RTU Riga Business School

Organizational Behaviour
Leadership
Business Communication Skills

Greg Mathers has lived in the Baltic region since 1993. In that time he has established and run 4 different companies. He also has more than 12 years experience in consulting and management development with companies such as SEB, Accenture, Roche, Radisson, Telia, Oracle and others. Since 2001 he has taught leadership and management in the Riga Business School MBA program.

Greg Mathers personal webpage

 

 

Sanita Meijere
 

MBA: Riga Business School
Law, University of Latvia

Computer Lab (Word & PowerPoint)

International Business

Sanita Meijere has joined Ph D program at Riga Technical University, Management sciences, specifically focusing on IT strategic management. Currently providing quality management, continuous service improvement and information security management for Scandinavian company Atea Global Services and consulting few start - ups in Georgia and Ukraine. Her previous work experience as well is related to IT industry for 4 years creating and managing Latvian IT company`s DPA branch in Georgia, 1 year in Microsoft Latvia. Besides IT and management strong experience in intellectual property rights.


 

Inese Muzikante

PhD in Social Psychology, University of Latvia
Master of Social Psychology, University of Latvia
Introductory Psychology

Inese Muzikante started working as an assistant to prof. V.Reņģe. To begin, she conducted interactive seminars for students in Organizational Psychology and now she is leading a course titled “Organizational Psychology”.

 

Inese Muzikante has both a PhD and Master’ s in Social Psychology from the University of Latvia. 

Her primary research interest is Traffic Psychology. Dr. Muzikante  observes and tests drivers and tries to explain why they drive as they drive. She has observed that almost everyone has an opinion about other drivers and explanations of their behavior.

 

 

Polina Nazarova 

MSc in Marketing & Management, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Marketing Management

Polina Nazarova is at the moment working as a Head of Marketing Department for an IT company „Inbox”. Prior to that, Polina had 8 years experience in Radio industry, working in  Sales & Marketing field. Her main fields of expertise include positioning, advertising, social media, product development. Polina has been a speaker for many industry conferences and events and is giving lectures on different Marketing topics.
Having received Masters degree in Marketing, Polina is at her final year for MBA degree in Finance (Riga Business School).


 

Tatjana Ņikitina

MBA, RTU Riga Business School
PMP, Project Management Institute

Marketing Management

Tatjana Nikitina is Chief Operations Officer of Amber Games Company where she is in charge for processes change management and day-to-day operations. Tatjana started her professional career in banking and finance industry, but last 7 years she is in game development business. In total, Tatjana has about 15 years of delivering IT service for international clients while client success, project management and operations excellence are included in range of interests and expertise. She acts as a guest lecturer in number of Latvian high schools and a speaker at industry events. 


 

Christo Nel 

Middlesex University
University of Pretoria

Leadership Development Practicum Program 

Christo Nel straddles the divides and diversity of organisations and leadership in developed to developing nations; as well as democratic to authoritarian regimes. He is assistant professor of leadership at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands where he is also the Program Director of the fulltime International MBA and part time Executive MBA programs. He is the head of the Leadership Development Program for the Executive MBA at Riga Business School in Latvia, and is a visiting lecturer extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) in Cape Town, South Africa. He designed and launched USB’s post graduate diploma in leadership development. During his career Christo has filled various managerial and leadership roles. This includes executive director at medium to large corporations, CEO of medium sized companies, chairman of a national NGO, and chairman of a publically listed international company. He is the author and co-author of five books and numerous articles on leadership, managing change, and creating high performance organization cultures.During the 1980s he led the creation of a business movement for the advancement of democracy in South Africa. This led to the establishment of the Consultative Business Movement (CBM) of which he was the co-founder and executive director.


 

Jānis Praņēvičs
 

MBA,
RTU Riga Business School

 

Jānis Praņēvičs is Associate Director at venture capital and private equity fund management company BaltCap AIFP. Previously he worked in Citadele Asset Management, covering regional and global equities and third party mutual funds. Jānis holds an MBA degree from Riga Business School and is a CFA charterholder.


 

Mārtiņš Rikšis
 

MBA, RTU Riga Business School

Entrepreneurial Finance

Mārtiņš Rikšis is Managing Partner at Norda Aktivi Ltd. Previously he has held positions in Zaļās Gaismas Investīcijas, Riga City Council, and Riga Stock Exchange. He has been with finance industry for more than 18 years, and during his career has screened more than 300 investment proposals and made investments in technology, communications and media sectors.


 

Claudio A. Rivera
 

MBA,Stockholm School of
Economics
Ph.D., University of Latvia

Personal and Career Development

Claudio grew up in Argentina, but he is based in Latvia since 2004. Most of his career has been developed in consulting, training and research on Leadership and Organizational Behavior at companies and organizations like Elevator International, Turiba Business School, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Euromonitor International, Cisco Networking Academy and IAE (the best Business School in Latin America) Claudio has a long track of experience in consulting at the IT, NGOs and HR sectors. He teaches in English, Spanish and Latvian and has been training people in more than 10 countries and from more than 30 nationalities. Claudio has been appointed visiting lecturer for FEN (Poland) for the courses on Leadership and Human Resources run in cooperation with IESE (www.iese.edu), one of the best business schools in Europe. As researcher he has been publishing in several journals and conference proceedings, and he has participated in several international research projects. Overall, Claudio has been extensively involved in professional and higher education. Currently he is one of the leading consultants at MODES project, one of the largest co-funded EU initiatives for modernizing higher education in Europe. Claudio shares his professional career with a broad range of social undertakings in areas connected with education and promotion of family values.

Claudio Rivera personal webpage

 

 

William (Bill) Schaub 

MBA, University of North Florida
BSBA, Fairfield University
Organisational Behaviour
and Management

Bill Schaub is a co-founder and managing director at INNOVETA Strategies, a Washington DC based consultancy specializing in ethics driven leadership and the human risk variable. His resume includes sales management, risk management, operational and capital market development and governance experience in the U.S. as well as emerging markets in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Among other achievements, Bill was part of the team at Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation who helped them to be the first financial services company to win the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award. 

In Eastern Europe Bill led the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund’s Mortgage Program and later led GE Money’s Central and Eastern European Mortgage Products across the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Russia, Poland and Latvia, serving as the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of GE Money Bank Latvia. Bill also developed a Shari’a compliant mortgage capital market pricing, hedging and funding program for a Deutsche Bank joint venture in Saudi Arabia.

Bill is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. 


 

Jon Shore
 

MA, Goddard College

Sales Management

Jon Shore has been a lifelong entrepreneur. Mr. Shore spent 30+ years as a private practice psychotherapist, writer, trainer, coach and lecturer specializing in Spiritual Psychotherapy, depression, mindfulness, meditation and mind/body research. After his business studies Jon founded JBS Group specializing in innovation creation, training, marketing, sales, customer loyalty, international business development, mobile payment and loyalty technologies. He is the inventor of the first secure mobile authentication/transaction and marketing system for which he wrote and filed patents in 2000. He is the inventor of the first smart transaction devices, for which he was awarded a patent in 2014, as well as the SMS Emergency Alert System and the SMS Ticket Sales & Marketing System. Mr. Shore has managed software and hardware development teams in the US, India, China and Europe. He has built an extensive network of executives, investors and friends throughout North America, Europe and China in diverse fields. He has also conducted in-depth, market research in the mobile payment, loyalty, customer service, NFC, tourism and ticketing spaces for the past 19 years in Europe and North America and is considered one of the premier experts in the field of mobile payment, security, loyalty and ticketing. Mr. Shore is also sought after for his extraordinary intuitive approach to marketing, sales, business development, market and product evaluation, positioning, and training. Mr. Shore now makes his home in Riga, Latvia where he works on a number of personal projects and consults for companies worldwide.

 

 

Mike Wells
 

B.S., M.S., Ph.D.,
Vanderbilt University

Entrepreneurship

Mike Wells is an American entrepreneur, angel investor, and teacher of entrepreneurship.  At age 27, he cofounded Arnet Corporation, a Tennessee-based IT company, which went on to be listed twice on the INC. 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.  In 1991 he sold Arnet and became an angel investor and has bought and sold businesses in a variety of sectors. He has previously taught entrepreneurship courses at Vanderbilt, Oxford Brookes, City University London, Queen Mary University London, Warwick and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.  Dr. Wells is also a prolific writer and has authored more than 20 novels.  He now runs his own e-publishing business and markets his own ebooks and digital audiobooks.



Agnis Stibe
 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Boston, USA

Socially Influencing Systems

This highly interactive course combines an extensive body of knowledge from social psychology – focusing on social influence, behavioral change, persuasion, and hands-on development of socially influencing systems. The course explains the role of persuasive technologies and their applications to various problem domains in management.

The course is toughed by one of thought leaders in the field, currently working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Agnis Stibe is a Social Engineer at MIT Media Lab. His research is built upon socio-psychological theories to design Socially Influencing Systems (SIS) for health behavior change at scale. Agnis is an active member of Persuasive Technology community, frequently speaking at annual conferences and effectively collaborating with industry. He is teaching MIT and presented his findings at TEDx talk and TEDx interview.


Lawrence Wright
 

George Mason University

Innovation Management

Lawrence Wright is senior level executive with 20+ years of success in global strategic innovation leadership, operational and investment management. Recognized expert in entrepreneurship (including entrepreneurial education), lean startup methods, innovation management, and technology cluster development. Founder of one of the top startup accelerator programs in Eastern Europe and seed fund. The Dmitry Zimin Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurial Leadership of Skolkovo Business School, teaching MBAs and startup founders, and creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Venture-backed serial entrepreneur leading several startups from concept to capital raising to major milestones. Led major new technology commercialization initiatives and industry partnerships for a 40-nation, $1B+ fund, employing 26,000 scientists and engineers across 500 research institutes. For Fortune 500 IT/engineering company pioneered hi-tech partnerships after the collapse of the Soviet Union in R&D and new product/service development.



Peter Young
 

San Jose State University;
University of California at
Berkeley, USA

Managing Marketing Communications

Strategic Advertising Management

Successful marketers maximize their sales opportunities by using integrated marketing communications, which include advertising, personal selling, promotion, direct marketing, public relations, customer relationship management and electronic media. Prepare an integrated marketing communications plan as part of the course's curriculum.

The course is taught by Peter Young. Peter brings to the class a unique combination of education in Political Science, New Media Technologies & Journalism, and Information Management Systems, and experience with classical and new media. He has taught at both San Jose State University; University of California at Berkeley. His special expertise is new media technology integration into various modalities of communications to include television, radio, and print. In this capacity, he is the senior advisor to the world’s first leisure news agency – RelaxNews.


Atis Zakatistovs
 

Ph.D., University of Ottawa
MA, University of Ottawa

Business Ethics

Atis Zakatistovs is a change and knowledge management consultant to companies in Latvia and abroad. He has also served as a consultant to government institutions in Latvia and Canada. Previously he has been teaching in University of Ottawa, as well as McGill University in Canada.

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