Speakers: Gatis Zamurs (Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia), Mārtiņš Zemītis (European Commission Representation in Latvia), Kristīne Nagle (Impact House).
Moderator: Dace Helmane (InCSR)
How can innovations contribute to a sustainable and green society and economy? A discussion about the need to emphasize sustainability and environmental issues in order to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Gatis Zamurs is the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, as well as a member of the Board of the political party “Latvijas attīstībai”. Before starting an active career in politics, having obtained a master's degree in business management, Gatis Zamurs was involved in entrepreneurship for more than ten years, acting as the executive director of the Latvian Wood Construction Cluster and working as a lecturer at Riga Technical University. Currently, Gatis Zamurs is a member of the 13th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, working in commissions related to both the economy and sustainable development within the Saeima. In his work, Gatis Zamurs especially emphasizes the need for science, research and innovation as a guiding principle in promoting a climate-friendly economy, as well as emphasizes the need for multilevel cooperation and dialogue.
Mārtiņš Zemītis is the Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia. Prior professional engagements include the European Parliament, Latvian Parliament, World Bank, World Trade Organization, Ministry of Regional Development. Researcher on investment, trade and monetary policy at Oxford University (UK) and Hoover Institution (USA). Educated at Stanford University (USA) and Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia). Awarded Top Young Person of Latvia Prize in 2018.
Kristīne Nagle is the Founder and Sustainability advisor of Impact House. Impact House is helping fast-growing tech companies launch and scale sustainability. Her experience includes managing accelerator programs at Startup Wise Guys, gaining a global network as the CEO of TechChill, and recently building a sustainability strategy for the first Latvian unicorn, Printful.
Dace Helmane is a responsible business activist and CEO of the Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. Dace has been working on sustainability issues since 2008, when together with like-minded people the development of "Sustainability Index" was started. For more than 10 years, leading the Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Dace has been promoting Latvian companies' understanding of a sustainable business approach. She is convinced that long-term success can be only achieved by a responsible attitude and the state must set an example here.