Building a New Economic Corridor

The milestone international two-day event of the Rail Baltica project in 2018 on Rail Baltica economic potential, procurement regulation and organization, as well as facilitation of suppliers' networking. It will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail, logistics and economics professionals, influential politicians and institutions as well as potential suppliers for the project from across Europe.

A live video stream will be available on both Forum days to those who cannot attend the event!

“Rail Baltica project provides opportunities that must be seen today, to be able to use them tomorrow. It is a unique, large-scale and complex trans-national infrastructure project to form the new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of Europe with the rest of the Union. Hope to see you in Riga in April! We can bring the best ideas, practice and solutions together to link nations, people, and places.”

Baiba Rubesa, CEO of RB Rail AS

Speakers

Māris Kučinskis Māris Kučinskis Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Māris Kučinskis is Prime Minister of Latvia since 11 February 2016. Previously he was the Member of the 12th Saeima, where he was the Chairman of Sustainable Development Commission. He has took the position of Minister for Regional Development and Local Governments and was a Member of the 11th, 10th, 9th and 8th Saeima. Māris Kučinskis has also served as Executive Director of Latvian Large Cities Association and was Chairman of Valmiera District Council and City Council.
Māris Kučinskis has graduated the Department of Management and Economic Information in University of Latvia.

Uldis Augulis Uldis Augulis Minister of Transport, Republic of Latvia

Uldis Augulis was appointed as the Minister of Transport of Latvia on February 11, 2016. Before, Augulis held the post of Minister for Welfare and was a Member of the 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th term in the national parliament (Saeima). Previously Minister Augulis was a Chairman of the Central Land Commission, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as held other leading positions in public and private organizations. Uldis Augulis has graduated University of Latvia, Finance Management Faculty.

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Māris Kučinskis

Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Māris Kučinskis is Prime Minister of Latvia since 11 February 2016. Previously he was the Member of the 12th Saeima, where he was the Chairman of Sustainable Development Commission. He has took the position of Minister for Regional Development and Local Governments and was a Member of the 11th, 10th, 9th and 8th Saeima. Māris Kučinskis has also served as Executive Director of Latvian Large Cities Association and was Chairman of Valmiera District Council and City Council.
Māris Kučinskis has graduated the Department of Management and Economic Information in University of Latvia.

Kadri Simson Kadri Simson Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Republic of Estonia

Kadri Simson is the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party. Previously Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu, the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction, and the Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee. In 2013, Kadri Simson was elected in Pärnu City Council and in 2009, she was elected as a member of Tallinn City Council. Kadri Simson also took the position of the Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party, served as the Research Assistant of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn and the Advisor of Tallinn City Council, as well as the Consultant of the European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu. Kadri Simson has acquired a degree in History at the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree in Political Science from University College London.

Rokas Masiulis Rokas Masiulis Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Lithuania

Rokas Masiulis was appointed as Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania in 2016. Previously, Rokas Masiulis served as Minister of Energy. 

Before joining the Government he served as CEO and later also as a member of the Board of Directors at the state-controlled oil terminal operator, SE Klaipėdos Nafta. During his term as CEO of Klaipėdos Nafta, Rokas Masiulis was in charge of the implementation of LNG terminal project. LNG terminal has started its operation in December 2014. He was also CEO of Lithuania‘s natural gas trading company LITGAS and Director of Business Development as well as Finance of LEO LT, an electricity holding company. For 14 years Rokas Masiulis held a number of senior positions at Energy practices of “Arthur Andersen” and “Ernst & Young“. His regional focus covered Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Minister Masiulis holds a degree in International Relations and Political Science as well as Master’s degree in Economics from Vilnius University.

Andrzej Bittel Andrzej Bittel Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Republic of Poland

Andrzej Bittel is responsible for railways in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction of Poland.

He graduated from Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University (MA). He also completed postgraduate studies in management in public administration at Kozminski University and Postgraduate Study of European Self-Government Law in Polish Academy of Sciences

Career history: In 2006, Andrzej Bittel served as mayor of Wawer district of Capital City of Warsaw. In 2007-2010 he was an officer of the Central Anticorruption Bureau. He was deputy mayor of two Warsaw districts: Ursynów (2010-2013) and Targówek district (2013-2014). In 2015 he became head of the Department of Infrastructure and Environmental Protection at the County Office in Pruszków.

Herald Ruijters Herald Ruijters Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission

Since 1 February 2017, Herald Ruijters is the Director responsible for Directorate B - Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport in DG Mobility and Transport, while at the same time continuing as Head of Unit responsible for the Trans European Network (TEN-T). He assumed the role of Head of Unit in 2009 and has been directly involved in developing the TEN-T Guidelines.

He was previously working in the same DG from 2005 to 2009, in order to promote the implementation of TEN-T projects in cooperation with the European Coordinators, and for the development of road safety policy, from 1997 to 2005. Before coming to the Commission he held various positions in The Netherlands related to transport.

Herald Ruijters holds degrees from Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities in both French literature and European Studies, and was post-graduated at the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy, in European Law, and in Business Studies at the University in Leuven.

Catherine Trautmann Catherine Trautmann The European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor

Catherine Trautmann has been acting as the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor since 29 October 2014. Born in Strasbourg, France, she became active in local and national politics in the early 1980s. She was elected Mayor of Strasbourg in 1989-1997 and subsequently became Minister for Culture and Communications in 1997-2000. She served as Member of the European Parliament in the years 1989-1997 and again in 2004-2014 as President of the French Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament.

Edvīns Bērziņš Edvīns Bērziņš Chairman of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS

Edvīns Bērziņš has MA in Law and MBA degree of the Norwegian–Latvian Professional Master Programme "Innovations and Entrepreneurship" (Riga Technical University, RTU). In 2016, he has graduated the Professional Board Member Education Program at the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (BICG).

He has been Head of International Relations Department in the Police Academy of Latvia, has worked as Legal Consultant at "Lattelecom" ltd., Head of Legal Department in "Latvijas kuģniecība AS", has been Member of the Board at "Latvijas kuģniecība AS". Since 2011, he is a member of the Board at "Latvijas dzelzceļš" VAS. During 2015, Mr. Bērziņš took the position of Interim CEO of the joint venture "RB Rail AS" (project Rail Baltica) and now holds the position of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at "RB Rail AS". Since 2016, he acts as Chairman of the Board at SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš.

He is also Vice-President of the Employers' Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), Presidium Member at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Member of the RTU Advisory Board, Council Member of the LCCI, Chairman of Latvia-Belarus and Latvia-Kazakhstan Councils of Business Cooperation, as well as Member of the Councillors’ Convent and Member of Law Faculty Dome at Turiba University.

Baiba A. Rubesa Baiba A. Rubesa CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Baiba A. Rubesa is an experienced international manager in a range of business areas: oil and gas, retail, automotive and telecommunications. She has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Norway.
Since October 2015 Rubesa is Chairperson of the Management Board and CEO of RB Rail AS. In January 2017 she was appointed a Supervisory Board member to Latvia’s largest company, Latvenergo. Prior to that she worked as a consultant and new business developer in her own company, RFactor Sia, and served as a Supervisory Board member for Citadeles banka. She has also driven a business agenda as the global Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Statoil ASA, Government and Public Affairs & HSE director for Statoil in the Caspian region, Managing Director for Latvija Statoil SIA and Marketing Director, Statoil Baltic States.
Rubesa has served as a Supervisory Board member, DNB NORD banka, Chaired the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia, been a Vice President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Currently she serves on the Supervisory Board of the think tank “Providus” and in the foundation Kokneses Fonds to support the development of the Memorial Site “Likteņdārzs”.
Rubesa was educated in Toronto, Canada at York University and Shaw colleges.

Emile Quinet Emile Quinet Ecole des Ponts, ParisTech, France
Nauris Kļava Nauris Kļava Partner, Ernst & Young Baltic Ltd.
Jorma Härkönen Jorma Härkönen Director of LIMOWA Logistics Centre Cluster, Finland
Normunds Krūmiņš Normunds Krūmiņš Chairman of the Board, Latvian Logistics Association
Jakub Kapturzak Jakub Kapturzak Deputy Director Department of Railway Transport, Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction of Republic of Poland
Arnis Kākulis Arnis Kākulis Director, Baltic Region, AECOM
Raimonds Aronietis Raimonds Aronietis Policy Analyst, International Transport Forum at the the OECD
Emīls Rode Emīls Rode Live Baltic Campus Project
Dominique Deau Dominique Deau Retired railway expert, former Development Director of NExTEO SNCF Reseau and SNCF Mobilites, France
Oskars Redbergs Oskars Redbergs Rail Baltica Urban Impacts project
Philippe Citroën Philippe Citroën Director General, UNIFE
Kaspars Rokens Kaspars Rokens COO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Kristjan Kaunissare Kristjan Kaunissare Rail Baltica Estonia Coordinator, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia
Dins Merirands Dins Merirands Member of Board, Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas
Dainius Budrys Dainius Budrys Director, Rail Baltica statyba
Kaspars Briškens Kaspars Briškens Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS
Kaido Zimmermann Kaido Zimmermann Planning and Implementation Manager, RB Rail AS
Agnis Driksna Agnis Driksna Director of Development and Cooperation, Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas

The Forum is organised by RB Rail, a joint venture of three Baltic States, and supported by the project’s national implementing bodies in the three countries – Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, and UAB Rail Baltica Statyba. All cooperation partners are responsible for the implementation of Rail Baltica – the largest railroad infrastructure project - to be constructed - in the Baltic countries in the last 100 years. Rail Baltica will form a new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of the Europe with the rest of the European Union.

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