Speakers

Kersti Kaljulaid
President of the Republic of Estonia

From 2004-2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was a Member of the European Court of Auditors. She has previously worked as the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia and as an Economic Advisor to Estonian Prime Minister Mart Laar. She has graduated from the University of Tartu in the field of genetics and completed master’s studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

OPENING SPEECH: Eastern Partnership political and economic perspectives
Johannes Hahn
European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). Former Commissioner for Regional Policy. Former Federal Minister of Science and Research as part of the Austrian Federal Government (and in 2008-2009 acting Federal Minister for Justice).
As Commissioner, he has extensive experience in cooperation with the EU’s neighbours in the South and East. In this role he oversaw the implementation of the European Neighbourhood policy and coordination of the EU’s cooperation with the partners in areas like trade, mobility, energy and education. Mr. Hahn joined the European Commission in 2010.

OPENING SPEECH: Eastern Partnership political and economic perspectives
Siim Sikkut
Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems

Siim Sikkut, the Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems, co-ordinates the development, implementation and surveillance of telecommunications and post, state information systems and information society sphere development plans within the Ministry’s area of government. The Deputy Secretary General also arranges the preparation of related legislation in Estonia and is responsible for drafting and protection the Government’s positions in this sphere both in the European Unions and international organisations.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 1: e-Governance and Digital Economy
Yana Krimpe
Founder and CEO of B.EST Solutions; Head of the Mobile-ID project Consortium, Azerbaijan

Yana Krimpe is an accomplished visionary in the field of e-and m-Government, National Mobile Digital Identification, and Signatures. She is the founder of the award-winning Azerbaijani-Estonian ICT company B.EST Solutions, a leader in mID, that is a digital global disruptive technology and a valuable instrument to be used in facilitating the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sector, she is also the head of the Mobile-ID Consortium in Azerbaijan and chairwoman of the Azerbaijani-Estonian Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 Financial Times and Google included her in the New Europe 100 list of innovative leaders and change makers in Europe.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 1: e-Governance and Digital Economy
Siim Kallas
Former European Commission’s Vice-President of Transport

Siim Kallas is a visiting professor at the University of Tartu and performs the duties of special counsellor to Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue at the European Commission. He served as the European Commission’s Vice-President of Transport from 2010–2014, and as the European Commission’s Vice-President of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Corruption from 2004–2010. In May 2004, he was the first Estonian to be appointed to the European Commission to work with economics and finance. Prior to his work in the European Commission, Siim Kallas was active in the re-building of the Republic of Estonia, having served as Estonia’s Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Foreign Minister and the President of Eesti Pank. Siim Kallas has been elected to the Estonian Riigikogu three times.  Siim Kallas has graduated cum laude from the University of Tartu in the department of finance and credit. He has been awarded the 1st and 2nd Class of the Order of the National Coat of Arms, the Order of the French Legion of Honour and the German Order of Merit, and has been named one of the ‘100 greatest people of the 20th century’.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 2: Cross-border trade, logistics and e-commerce
Jemal Inaishvili
President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI)

Jemal Inaishvili is  honorary chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) and a member of the ICC World Chamber Federation General Council, as well as a member of the board of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry–of which he previously served as president. Mr. Inaishvili dedicates most of his time to promoting the chamber movement and facilitating trade and investments in the region. The former CEO of Poti Sea Port, Mr. Inaishvili has extensive business experience; he is a past president (and current honorary president) of the Black and Azov Seas Ports Association (BASPA)

PLENARY DISCUSSION 2: Cross-border trade, logistics and e-commerce
Andre Küüsvek
Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (LC2) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

André Küüsvek is the Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (LC2) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), leading the strategic bank-wide LC2 Initiative. He is also a member of two EBRD management committees, the Strategy and Policy Committee and the Asset and Liability Committee. André’s earlier career with the EBRD includes being a Country Director in Ukraine, the second largest country of EBRD investment, in 2008-2013; and a Country Director in Kazakhstan in 2004-2008. Before this, André led project teams investing equity and debt in financial institutions across the EBRD region in 1996-2004, simultaneously being the EBRD-wide coordinator for capital markets and stock exchanges and the financial sector coordinator for several countries. André has served on the boards of over 30 banks, insurance companies, equity funds and enterprises. An Estonian national, André graduated with MSc from Tallinn University of Technology, studying also in Sweden, Germany, Finland and Hungary. He is also a graduate of Estonian Business School and Stockholm School of Economics. André is fluent in five languages.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 3: Financing for International business and innovations
Katarína Mathernová
Deputy Director General, European Commission

In September 2015, Katarína Mathernová assumed her function as Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations. She has served as Deputy Director General in Regional Policy (2007-2010). Mathernová has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-2004, 2010-2014), and in the reform government in Slovakia (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, key architect of the Slovak economy’s transformation.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 3: Financing for International business and innovations
Volodymyr Lavrenchuk
Vice-President of European Business Association

Volodymyr Lavrenchuk is a graduate of Kyiv Economic Institute, Finance and Economy Department. In banking — since 1982. In different time he occupied managerial positions in the Savings Bank of Ukraine, Ukrinbank and Raiffeisenbank Ukraine. Since October 2005, Mr. Lavrenchuk has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank Aval. Volodymyr Lavrenchuk is Vice-President of European Business Association. Mr. Lavrenchuk several times has been recognized as the best leader in the financial segment of Ukraine. Expert groups, which took part in making business ratings for numerous magazines in different years, recognized CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Aval as the best top manager in Ukraine’s banking system.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 3: Financing for International business and innovations
Urmas Peiker
Co-founder and Chairman of Funderbeam. 

Urmas Peiker is the Co-founder, Chairman and in charge of business development of Funderbeam. Beginning his career as a securities regulator in Estonia, in charge of both the regulation and supervision of public capital markets he established an early interest in growth capital and legal compliancy. He achieved an LL.M degree from Duke University (U.S.). Which led to careers at EBRD, Morgan Stanley, and finally as the Head of Compliance at LHV Bank (Estonia) before beginning to build Funderbeam. Urmas Peiker’s main interests and experiences have concerned the history, function, and evolution of global capital markets. He has since led the charge of creating and developing Funderbeam’s marketplace, where growth companies can be funded and traded across borders.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 3: Financing for International business and innovations
Nerses Yeritsyan
Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia

Nerses Yeritsyan holds the position of the Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia since December 22, 2010. His previous work experience includes the Parliament of the Republic of Armenia, the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA) and the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia. In the Central Bank of Armenia he successively held the following positions: Advisor to the Chairman, Head of Monetary Policy Department, Member of the Board for two terms, Senior Advisor to the Chairman, and Acting Head of the Financial Monitoring Center (FMC/FIU). Nerses Yeritsyan held also the position of Advisor to the Dutch Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 3: Financing for International business and innovations
Maive Rute
Deputy Director-General, DG Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), European Commission

Prior to taking up her current post as Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Maive Rute held Director positions in DG Research and Innovation and in the former DG Enterprise and Industry. Before joining the Commission in 2005, Maive was CEO of KredEx, the Estonian funding body for businesses, innovation, housing and export. Maive Rute graduated as an economist from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She holds an MBA from the Danube University, Austria, received an MA in international politics from CERIS, Brussels and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 4: Innovative technologies and e-solutions
Andrew Lynch
Chief Innovation and Network  Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research

Andrew Lynch is the Chief Innovation and Network  Officer with Irish Manufacturing Research.  He has spent 20 years in the manufacturing sector as an owner manager, consultant, senior manager and latterly researcher of SME manufacturing sites in Ireland and abroad. His role in Irish Manufacturing Research is to encourage and facilitate industrial research projects and interactions with the Centre, as well as coordinating international activities across Europe. Andrew Lynch holds an honours degree in Biology, A first class Masters in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from University College Cork and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Limerick.  Andrew Lynch chairs the National Steering Committee in Cobotics, and is the National Delegate on several manufacturing policy fora across a number of European platforms.

PLENARY DISCUSSION 4: Innovative technologies and e-solutions
Urve Palo
Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology

Since November 2016, Urve Palo has been Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology of the Republic of Estonia. First elected in 2011 to the Riigikogu, Estonia’s parliament, Palo also served as Minister of Entrepreneurship in 2015 and as Minister of Population and Ethnic Affairs from 2007-2009.  Prior to entering public service, she was the director of Saint-Gobain Isover AS, where she worked for ten years. Born in Haapsalu, Palo holds an MBA from the University of Tartu.

 

CLOSING SESSION: Eastern Partnership – conclusions and opportunities