Trevor Holmes (Door Training & Consulting Baltic)

Trevor Holmes is a senior consultant for the International DOOR network, providing management training in Europe & The Middle East. He works with many leading companies in Finance, Retail, FMCG and IT sectors. He began his career as a manager for Marks & Spencer's UK, and represented several leading FMCG companies while employed as Director of Client services for a leading advertising group. He is British but has lived and worked in Lithuania for 12 years, is married and has two sons age 5yrs & 1yr. In his spare time he tries to play golf.


Morten Hansen (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga & NMS Consulting) 

The Latvian Economy Post-2009: L-, U-, or V- typed Development? 
Morten Hansen is Head of Economics Department at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Director of NMS Consulting. Morten Hansen is a Danish citizen but a Permanent Resident of Latvia and has lived there since 1993. He often comments on and analyzes, nationally as well as internationally, the Latvian economy


Maris Lauri (Swedbank)

Estonian Economy: Recent Trends and Their Impact on Private Consumption. Economic Outlook - Consumer, Collaboration, Efficiency 
Economist in Swedbank (previously Hansapank) from 1998, prior to that economist in Tallinna Pank, Eesti Pank (central bank), specialist in Estonian Ministry of Economy

Master of Science (Economics) from Tartu University (1994), diploma (mathematics and economics) from Tartu University (1989). Articles in different publications, seminars, advisory and lecturing work. State decoration: The Order of the White Star V Class from 2008


Rasa Zemaityte (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania )

Driving Economic Recovery: A Global, European and Lithuanian Perspective  
Graduated from Vilnius University, the Faculty of Philosophy. Has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998. From 1998 to 2003, worked in the Economic Cooperation Division of the EU Integration Department. From 2003 to 2006, worked in the Permanent representation of Lithuania to the EU. From 2006, is working as a Counsellor of the EU Affairs Coordination Division of the EU Department.



Pekka Puolakka (Sorainen Law Offices)

How to Behave Towards the Competition: Price Negotiations & Trade Terms  
Pekka Puolakka is managing partner at Sorainen Latvia office. He also heads the firm's M&A and Commercial Contracts teams in Latvia, and the firm's regional Competition & Regulatory team. Over the past five years he has participated in or project-managed a number of cross-border M&A transactions. Within the framework of these transactions, Mr Puolakka has also taken part in finance and security planning arrangements. During his practice he has acted on behalf of foreign investors operating in the Baltic States and Finland. Mr Puolakka is recommended practitioner in the Baltics for Legal500, Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and PLC Which Lawyer?


Nerius Jasinavicius (TOC Solutions Lithuania)

Responsive Supply Chain - Competitive Advantage for all the Links of the Chain 
Nerius Jasinavicius is a founder and head of consulting company “TOC sprendimai”, Lithuania. During more than 15 years of working experience he has gained valuable practical skills in various sectors of business: finances, manufacturing / supply chain and services. He has been working in a leading position at companies as UAB “Bennet distributors”, AB “Sema” and AB “Alna”. Mr. Nerius Jasinavicius is a certified practitioner of Theory of Constraints (TOC) and LEAN. He specializes in applying TOC and LEAN in manufacturing, supply chain management, sales management, creating significant competitive advantage. In 2007 Nerius Jasinavicius was awarded the 1st Degree Diploma of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas “For the achievements in developing human capital”.


Gatis Pakalnieks (Supernetto)

Bar Code Quality Assessment at Point of Sales   
Working in company RIMI Latvia for almost 9 years. Having IT background and working also in supply chain, from march 2009 Gatis is responsible for hard discounter chain Supernetto.




Edgars Pentjušs (GS1 Latvija)

Bar Code Quality Assessment at Point of Sales
Edgars Pentjuss is project manager in GS1 Latvija. He is in charge for Barcode Verification LAB, EDI, Win on the Web and Mobile Commerce projects with GS1 Latvia. During his career he was responsible for ECR Baltic coordination, managed number of e-commerce projects in banking, incorporation and document management systems exports.
After studies he joined Noord Natie where he was responsible for container logistics and container application introduction in Ventspils Terminals.
Edgars has graduated Latvian Maritime Academy in Port Management and has taken post graduate studies at Antwerp Business School for European Business Studies.
He is married and has a lovely daughter.


Elīna Spūle (Agile & Co)
Measuring for supply-chain optimization
Elina Spule is a consultant at "Agile & CO.” The company specializes in process improvement and cost reduction for private businesses and governmental organizations. Elina earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin - USA and she is a member of the American Society for Quality. Elina's experience includes working at one of the leading hospital systems in the U.S., where she focused on reducing costs and improving efficiency. In addition, Elina previously taught a class on process improvement to over 150 people. Her students included employees from several Fortune 500 companies.


Andis Kļaviņš (Premia FFL)

Measuring for supply-chain optimization
Andis Klavins is the finance director of Premia FFL – the leading logistics company in distributing ice-cream and frozen goods in Latvia. During the past 5 years when Andis has been with the company it has increased its turover for more than 50% and it has been bought over by an international food manufacturer. Like Premia FFL, Andis is Young, Aggressive, Hard-working and Growth-oriented.


Claus-Jürgen Garbisch (DHL)

Steps Towards the Future FMCG Supply Chain
Claus Garbisch had various assignments in Logistics with Unilever, Tibbett&Britten, Federal Express and Danzas before joining DHL.
Since 2006 Claus is working as Senior Vice President Global Business Development in DHL Supply Chain. Supporting innovative Supply Chain solutions and strengthening collaboration between manufacturers, retailers and service providers is his main focus.
Claus serves on the Board of Governors of EPCglobal, on the Board of Directors of GS1 Germany and on the CIES Supply Chain Committee.
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.
DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL’s international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers’ expectations.


 Joe Horwood (GS1 Global Office)

New Ways to Reach Consumers: Mobile Commerce Extended Packaging 
Joe Horwood manages global communication for the GS1 MobileCom project. This is an cross-industry initiative involving over one hundred companies representing manufacturers, retailers, mobile industry companies and solution providers. It aims for all consumers to have access to trusted product information and related services via their mobile phones and all stakeholders to use open standards to make this possible and so ensure interoperable, scalable and cost-effective applications. Prior to working with GS1, Joe worked with a number of web agencies and in consumer market research. Hi is based at GS1 Global Office in Brussels.


Gianfranco Walsh (University of Koblenz-Landau)
Consumers' Reasons for Buying Private Label Brands - Empirical Findings
Gianfranco Walsh is Professor of Marketing and Electronic Retailing at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. He holds degrees from the University of Lueneburg, Manchester School of Management (now Manchester Business School) and Leibniz University of Hannover. He is also a visiting Professor of Marketing at the University of Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow. His research focuses on strategy, retailing and e-commerce. His work has been published in, amongst others, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and British Journal of Management.


 Paris Galanis (Nielsen Company)

The Challenges of Category Management
Paris started his Nielsen career working in Nielsen Greece and then joined the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region first as a Business Consultant and then in a combined role as Regional Head & BC. Currently I am working for the European region again in a combined role as a Regional Head & BC for Eastern Europe.
Prior to Nielsen I worked in various multinational (British American Tobacco, Citibank) and local greek companies in Sales, Brand and Trade Marketing departments. Graduated from the Athens University of Economics & Business in Greece holding a degree in Business Administration and participated in various research projects.


Jyrki Karlsson (Unilever Baltic LLC)

Shopper Behavior During Economic Downturn
Jyrki Karlsson has been working in FMCG industry 16 year and had multiple positions within Unilever, including senior positions within IT, supply chain and general management. In addition, Jyrki has been responsible for large change projects in European region. At the moment Jyrki is the general manager of Unilever Baltic based in Riga.




Aldis Greitāns (Itella Information)
Business Leadership in a Dynamic, Competitive Environment
Aldis Greitāns has graduated RTU Riga Business school (MBA) Aldis Greitāns is Chairman of Management Board and Manager of Sales Area Baltics at AS "Itella Information" for 10 years. Aldis Greitāns is top level manager with more than 15 years of practical experience in management.
Since year 1993, Aldis Greitāns have worked in lead marketing and client service positions in the biggest banks of Latvia, "Banka Baltija", "Hansabanka", "Latvijas Zemes banka" and "Parex banka". Aldis Greitāns is not only professional manager but erudite and impressive personality.

Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere (Madara Ecocosemtics)
Green Needs Business: Development through Challenges
Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere is the co-founder and managing director of Latvian organic cosmetics manufacture MADARA. Lotte has studied culture and business in Latvia and Japan and previously worked in logistics company in Japan and consulting company in Latvia.

Christoph Thünemann (Havi Logistics)
Philosophy of Tomorrow: Mindset Changing towards Green
Christoph Thünemann Director Corporate Communications and Environment, HAVI Global Logistics. As Director Communications and Environment, Christoph Thünemann is responsible for global information sharing inside and outside HAVI Logistics and he ensures the companies “IT’S EASY TO BE GREEN" approach. He and his international & national environmental teams have the aim to protect and preserve the life support systems of future generations.
Christoph has a master of business administration, worked for several international companies and is - in various positions - already since 12 years member of the HAVI Logistics family.