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Conference for CFO's and leaders with Growth Ambitions

We invite you to participate in the conference in order to:

  • get acquainted and hear the experience of companies in advancing productivity and efficiency topics;

  • spend time in the formal and informal talks with financial directors and managers of major companies in Latvia.

CFO Forum 2019, which will take place on November 6 at The University of Latvia The House of Science, is the most ambitious customer conference for SEB banka for finance directors and managers whose current changing circumstances are an opportunity for business development and transformation.

The theme of the conference this year is productivity and efficiency, since these characteristics are crucial to business development and evolve constantly. Forum title “Through the loophole – new ways of doing business” reflects both the depth and complexity of the topic chosen for the event.

We will traditionally present the results of latest Baltic CFO survey and share macroeconomic tendencies. You will hear success stories of entrepreneurs, have the opportunity to participate in multiple workshops on specific topics and gain an inspiring insight into the development of personal productivity. The forum will conclude with informal part, where you can have conversations with your colleagues in a more relaxed atmosphere.

© Photo: Toms Grīnbergs, University of Latvia Communication and Innovation department

This year the event will take place in a new and inspiring venue – the House of Science of University of Latvia, which was opened in the beginning of 2019. We hope that this year you will find the conference to be even more inspiring and rich with new experiences.

University of Latvia Academic Centre
The House of Science
Street Jelgavas 3, Riga


Parking space

Cars can be parked at National Library of Latvia parking space (Mūkusalas iela 5) or on nearby streets: Jelgavas iela and Vienības gatve.
NB! Academic Centre’s parking lot is not available for visitors.

Lunch, registration
Beginning of event
Introduction (in Latvian)*
Ieva Tetere, SEB banka
Results of latest survey of CFOs in Baltic companies (in Latvian)*
Ints Krasts, SEB banka
Macro Outlook
Johan Javeus, SEB group
When Industry 4.0 meets Bank 4.0
Robert Pehrson, SEB Group
Stories from the stage
Markit business model and productivity as a competitive advantage
Andres Agasild, Markit
Coffee break
Stories from the Stage (in Latvian)*
Productivity in concern Latvijas Finieris
Māris Būmanis, Latvijas Finieris
Parallel Work Stations (in Latvian):

Corporate governance – How the quality of business governance impacts productivity? by Andris Grafs, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance

Business agility – Is this an effective way of growth? by Jānis Paksis, Accenture Latvija

5G – What opportunities it can create for Latvian companies? by Ingmārs Pūķis, LMT

Robotization – Is your business ready to implement it tomorrow? by Didzis Dejus, Squad Robotics

An uncommon guide to optimizing your workday
Stewart Rogers, Grit Daily & VentureBeat (global citizen, digital nomad)
The Wine of the Year 2019 award-winning wine tasting led by Sommelier Kaspars Reitups and networking
End of Event

* Simultaneous translation will be provided.

You will have an opportunity to participate in two workshops which you will be asked to choose during the forum.
All workshops will be held in Latvian.

Corporate governance – How the quality of business governance impacts productivity?

Andris Grafs, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance

Why corporate governance is becoming an increasingly important topic for Baltic companies? If the company has ambitious plans, clear and balanced corporate governance model should be implemented. Similarly, a "pressure" from investors and banks is increasing to put company’s corporate governance in order. What are the aspects of corporate governance that need our attention today? Does corporate governance affect funding conditions? How does the quality of corporate governance affect productivity?


Business agility – Is this an effective way of growth?

Jānis Paksis, Accenture Latvija

The 21st century could be characterized by extremely rapid change of things and processes, so it is highly important for companies to be flexible and adapt to market changes. The importance of an Agile business culture is to keep up with the times, allowing you to stay ahead of the competition. Based on Accenture's experience, Janis will share the benefits of Agile culture and ways to implement it in the organization.


5G – What opportunities it can create for Latvian companies?

Ingmārs Pūķis, LMT

The 5G network development will introduce adjustments to the environment, business and overall processes we have seen so far. In his story, Ingmar will highlight the role of the Baltic Sea region in this transformation process, will present the technological essence of 5G and examples of its use.


Robotization – Is your business ready to implement it tomorrow?

Didzis Dejus, Squad Robotics

In order to increase productivity and reduce the cost price of products, the automation of business processes will increase. There will be various service robots on the market for which it will be less clear to determine the return on investment. Didzis will outline the future challenges that companies will face. He will highlight changes that affect the future routine of companies and will give the examples of future partnership profile.

Johan Javeus

Chief Strategist, Head of Research & Strategy, SEB Group


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Johan joined SEB in 2004 as an analyst. He has also worked as the Head of FX research team and Global Head of Trading Strategy. Currently he is leading a team of 17 dedicated analysts from Stockholm, Oslo, Frankfurt and Singapore, responsible for producing top quality research on macroeconomics, currencies and fixed income instruments.

Ints Krasts

Board member and Head of Corporate Banking, SEB Latvia


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Ints is a board member, responsible for corporate banking business at SEB Latvia since 2014. He started his career in SEB in 1999, and since then has managed several branch offices and worked in CEO positions in SEB's life insurance company and leasing company.

Robert Pehrson

Head of Business Development, SEB Group


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Robert Pehrson has extensive experience from working in senior positions in the interface between business and IT. He is currently heading the Business Development unit within Transaction Services at SEB, covering the areas of payments, cash management, trade finance and receivable finance. Prior to SEB he worked as a consultant driving strategic projects in the financial services industry. His focus is on innovation, new technologies and partnerships with the ambition to deliver sustainable business models within corporate treasury, banking, and capital markets.

Andres Agasild

CEO, Markit


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Andres Agasild started in the IT industry as a computer salesperson in a local dealership at 15 years of age. During his university years he helped to build one of the biggest Baltic system integration companies from salesrep to partner and boardmember. In 2003 he co-founded and is still leading the IT purchasing company Markit. It is now a global company with 100 milliom euros of revenue from 33 countries.

Māris Būmanis

Board member, Latvijas Finieris

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Māris Būmanis has been working for Latvijas Finieris for more than twenty years. Started as a Shift Manager in manufacturing and held various management positions since working for the company. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Joint Stock Company and is responsible for product development and operational efficiency. Maris is also the director of Lignums, the largest Latvian plywood company.

Andris Grafs

Vice President Latvia, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance


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Andris Grafs is an expert in corporate governance and how the roles of shareholders, supervisory board, top management and stakeholders of companies should be implemented in practice. He has worked in several leading positions in public policy institutions, non-profits and companies, thus obtaining knowledge, competences and skills in governance, leadership, strategy development, project management, public communication and advocacy at a senior level. He has participated in the OECD Working Party on State Ownership and Privatisation Practices in the years from 2011 to 2014. Andris is a co-author of the Latvian Government concept of reforms on governance of state owned enterprises and respective national legislation approved in 2014-2015 and 2019.

Jānis Paksis

Programm, Project, Service Manegment Lead, Accenture Latvija


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More than 15 years of Project Management and Supervision experience in top Latvian banks and other companies. Has more than 10 years of experience in implementation of Agile methodology in international projects. Today Jānis is Project and Portfolio Manager in Accenture Latvia where is involved in the development and monitoring of large international projects.

Ingmārs Pūķis

Vice President, Board member, LMT


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Two decades of experience in telecommunications, marketing and business development. Looking for new partnerships in 5G solution prototyping.

Didzis Dejus

Founder and Executive Chairman, Squad Robotics


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Specialties: 3D printing, Start up, Financial Advisory, Strategy, Renewable Energy, Training


Stewart Rogers

Editor and Analyst-at-large at Grit Daily & VentureBeat (global citizen, digital nomad)


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Stewart Rogers has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, managing, and mentoring in tech. He is a journalist, author, and speaker on mental health in the tech industry, work/life efficiency, AI, AR/VR, blockchain, and other emerging technology industries, and is both Managing Editor at Grit Daily and Analyst-at-large VentureBeat. Prior to his roled in journalism, Rogers ran a number of successful software companies and held global roles in sales and marketing for businesses in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. He has contributed to several sales and marketing publications. A digital nomad with no fixed abode, Rogers also emcees major tech events across the globe, and in addition to keynoting on the topics above, also runs five concurrent startups.

Interesting facts: During the last two years he does not have a permanent residence; he travels around the World by attending tech events, speaking at startups' and innovation events and focus not only on digital trends, but also on mental health.

Tags: #MentalHealth #Productivity #Positive Impact #DigitalNomad

Aleksejs Petrovs Valsts nekustamie īpašumi
Agnese Maskalāne Primekss
Agnese Mamaja Rīgas brīvostas pārvalde
Agnija Dzelme BYKO-LAT
Agris Ozoliņš Via 3L Latvia
Agris Amoliņš Pasažieru Vilciens
Aida Misiņa Avoti SWF
Aiga Hercoga Acme corporation
Aigars Freimanis Seesam Insurance Latvijas filiāle
Aleksei Avanessov Polipaks
Aleksnadra Borcova Banku augstskola
Alfs Janevics Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
Aleksandrs Meļņikovs Markit
Aļona Kokina Markit
Anders Marklund Bergs Timber AB
Andres Agasild Markit
Andris Samovičs REATON LTD
Andris Brikšķis Astor Group
Andris Grafs Baltijas Korporatīvās pārvaldības institūts
Anna Bula TET
Armands Sviķis A.C.B.
Arnis Jaudzems SIXT / Transporent
Asne Beķere TAMRO
Birute Krūze Rīgas Siltums
Boris Zak Kreiss
Brynja Halldorsdottir Norvik HF
Dace Konrade Alfor
Dāvis Jansons Bauplan Nord
Didzis Dejus Squad Robotics
Dzintars Znotiņš FILTER
Edgars Kvālis Energoremonts Rīga
Edgars Strazds Fitek
Edmunds Riekstiņš MAPON
Egija Smila MERKS
Einārs Garoza Squalio Group
Elvis Dradžels Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
Elvīra Korsakova Linstow Center Management
Ernests Muhlinkins Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
Gatis Gaigals Vita Markets
Gints Bukovskis TET
Harijs Švarcs SG Capital Partners AIFP
Ieva Grīnerte Capital Mill
Ieva Grīnberga Eugesta un Partneri
Ilva Saulīte SCHENKER
Ilze Bukulde PATA
Ilze Pastore SALMO
Inese Jaseviča Ideal Services
Ingmārs Pūķis Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
Ingrīda Rožukalne AKZ
Irina Voronova BOHNENKAMP
Ivars Ozoliņš Auto Kada
Iveta Katkovska Valsts nekustamie īpašumi
Ivo Luka-Indāns NP Properties
Jana Gridasova Olainfarm
Jānis Romanovskis Grindeks
Jānis Skubiņš Livonia Print
Jānis Urtāns Valsts nekustamie īpašumi
Jānis Valdmanis Linstow Center Management
Jānis Paksis Accenture
John Martin Tully MIKROTĪKLS
Jolanta Jēkabsone Domenikss
Kaspars Šenvalds NCH Advisors Inc
Kārlis Kaņeps-Kalniņš RIMI BALTIC
Kristaps Kučinskis NP Properties
Kristaps Bērziņš LR Capital
Kristīna Strazda MY FITNESS
Kristīne Silmane UPB
Kristīne Egliena Čaunāne UPB
Laima Līpace Lode
Lauma Ārgale - Atvase MAGNUM MEDICAL
Laura Jankevica TETRA PAK
Laura Eglīte UPB
Liene Švirksta Printful Latvija
Lita Jansone Jocker LTD
Līga Abramoviča ‎Orkla Confectionery & Snacks
Līga Zīle SCHWENK Latvija
Magda Zaļā-Jansone Latvenergo
Maija Jaunkalne DAIĻRADE KOKS
Maksims Bulekovs BALTCOM
Māris Stafeckis Astor Group
Māris Macijevskis Hansamatrix
Māris Meņģelsons Tiesu Namu Aģentūra
Māris Zariņš Stats Rent
Māris Būmanis Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
Nataļja Kasale RUT
Olavs Legzdiņš ELAGRO TRADE
Pauls Ābele Latvija Finieris
Pauls Raimonds Sīlis Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
Pēteris Grieze SG Capital Partners AIFP
Pēteris Guļāns NHC 4
Pēteris Lejnieks STRABAG
Reinis Bērziņš ALTUM
Rolands Gorodeckis L-ekspresis
Rolands Rimicāns Rettenmeier Baltic Timber
Romāns Sidorovs Groglass
Romāns Tjurins Latvijas Gāze
Ronalds Šlosbergs Oribalt Rīga
Sandijs Āboliņs-Ābols BaltCap AIFP
Sandra Dadze Jungent Latvia
Sanita Greize AE Partner
Santa Sīpola Circle K
Sebastian Groeblinghoff Latvijas Gāze
Sergejs Konopijevs Nordeka
Sigita Šalkovska FILTER
Sintija Baltiņa Dunker Latvija
Vita Čirjevska VIRŠI A
Ints Krasts SEB banka
Ieva Tetere SEB banka
Jeļena Cīrule SEB banka
Kārlis Danēvičs SEB banka
Viktors Šeršņovs SEB banka
Jānis Ozoliņš SEB banka
Kristaps Strazds SEB banka
Mārtiņš Rubezis SEB banka
Edijs Linbergs SEB banka
Valdis Vēza SEB banka
Guntis Lazdiņš SEB banka
Deniss Podļeskis SEB banka
Uģis Nelsons SEB banka
Mihails Zaikovskis SEB banka
Emīls Zālītis SEB banka
Agris Žīgurs SEB banka
Ineta Bukele SEB banka
Ieva Sargune SEB banka
Anders Larsson SEB Group
Andris Lāriņš SEB banka
Agnija Šaudiņa SEB banka
Agnese Ozolkāja SEB banka

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