Speakers' Bios


Welcome Address


Valdis Dombrovskis Latvijas eiro konference

Valdis DombrovskisPrime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

Mr. Dombrovskis has been Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia since 2009. He was previously a member of the European Parliament, and served as Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Dombrovskis held several positions at the Bank of Latvia, including that of chief economist from 1998 to 2002. In 2011 he co-authored How Latvia Came through the Financial Crisis. He has a Master's degree in physics and a Bachelor's degree in economics.


 Policy Discussion

Pauls Raudseps Latvijas eiro konference

Moderator Pauls Raudseps, journalist

Mr. Raudseps is one of Latvia's leading journalists and commentators. He was one of the founders of the daily Diena and subsequently its managing editor and editorial page editor. He recently founded the weekly news magazine "Ir". In 1990 he joined the Popular Front, which led the quest for Latvian independence.

Mr. Raudseps received a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from Harvard University.



Mario Draghi, Dragi, European Central Bank,  Eiropas Centrālā banka, Latvijas eiro konferenceMario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

Mario Draghi has a Degree in Economics (Sapienza University of Rome; 1970) and PhD in Economics (Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MIT; 1977).

During his professional carreer Mario Draghi has been a Professor of Economics at the universities of Trento, Padua and Venice (1975–1981), Professor of Economics and Monetary Policy at the University of Florence (1981–1991), Executive Director of the World Bank (1984–1990), Director General of the Italian Treasury (1991–2001), Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International (2002–2005), Governor of Banca d'Italia (2006–October 2011), Chairman of the Financial Stability Board (former Financial Stability Forum; 2006–October 2011), since 2006 – Member of the Board of Directors at the Bank for International Settlements, Member of the G7 and Member of the G20, since November 2011 – President of the European Central Bank, since November 2011 – Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board.

He was also Chair of the Italian Committee for Privatisations (1993–2001), Chair of the Committee set up to revise Italy's corporate and financial legislation and to draft the law that governs Italian financial markets (also known as the "Draghi Law"; 1997–1998), Chairman of the OECD's Working Party No 3 (1999–2001), Chairman of the European Economic and Financial Committee (2000–2001), since 2003 – Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institution, since 2006 – Member of the Group of Thirty, since 2009 – Member of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study.

He has Doctor honoris causa in Statistics from the University of Padua (2009). He is the author of a number of articles on international and European monetary and financial issues. 


Olli Rehn, Eiropas Komisijas viceprezidents, ekonomikas un monetāro lietu komisārs, Latvijas eiro konference Olli Rehn, Vice-President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission 

Mr. Rehn has been the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs since 2010 and Vice-President of the Commission since 2011. He was previously the Commissioner for Enlargement. Mr. Rehn was a member of the Finnish Parliament from 1991 to 1995 and of the European Parliament from 1995 to 1996. He has a PhD in international political economy from Oxford University.


Andris Vilks, Finanšu ministrs, Latvijas eiro konferenceAndris Vilks, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia

Mr. Vilks has been Latvia's Minister of Finance since November 2010. Prior to his appointment, he was economic and financial advisor to Prime Minister Dombrovskis from 2009 to 2010 and chief economist at the JSC "SEB banka" from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Vilks is a trained geographer with a degree from the University of Latvia.



Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, Latvijas Bankas prezidents, Latvijas eiro konference

Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, Governor of the Bank of Latvia

Mr. Rimšēvičs has been the Governor of the Bank of Latvia since 2001, and previously served as Deputy Governor. In the 1990s, he was the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Latvia. He is Latvia's Governor to the IMF, and was previously the Alternate Governor. Mr. Rimšēvičs has an MBA from Clarkson University (USA) and a Bachelor's degree in economics and international trade relations from Riga Technological University.



Panel Discussion

The Euro: Past, Present, Future


Baiba RubesaModerator: Baiba Rubesa, governance consultant

Baiba Rubesa is an experienced international manager. She has been the Corporate Image Manager and International PR coordinator of the Volkswagen Group in Germany (1985–1992), was Manager of the communictions consultancy Es un Partneri (1994–1996), led marketing and public affairs for Statoil Baltic States (1996–2000), served as Managing Director for Latvija Statoil SIA (2000–2008), Government and Public Affairs Director for Statoil Azerbaijan (2008–2010) and as Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Statoil ASA (2010–2013). From 2002–2009, Baiba Rubesa served on the Supervisory Board of the JSC DnB NORD banka; since 2012a Member of the Supervisory Board of the JSC Citadele banka.

Baiba Rubesa has also served on many NGO’s, such as the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL), the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Koknese Fund. Before perestroika she was actively involved in the Latvian exile community:  headed the Latvian National Youth Association in Canada, co-organised several World Latvian Youth Congresses, and helped lead the folk dance group Diždancis and Diždancītis in Toronto.

Baiba Rubesa studied in Toronto (Canada) at Shaw Collegesand York University.

Henriks Enderleins, Henrik Enderlein, Latvijas eiro konferenceHenrik Enderlein, Professor of Hertie School of Governance 

During the academic year 2012–2013 he is the Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs. He holds degrees from Sciences Po, Paris, and Columbia University, New York. He prepared his PhD in Political Science at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. In 2001–2003, he worked as an economist at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt before taking up a Junior Professorship in Economics at the Free University Berlin. In 2003, Henrik Enderlein was awarded the Max Planck Society's Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding achievements by young scientists. He joined the Hertie School of Governance as a member of the founding faculty in 2005 and served as Associate Dean in 2008–2012. During the academic year 2006–2007, Henrik Enderlein was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Duke University's Political Science Department. His research is on economic policy-making, European monetary integration, fiscal federalism, financial markets and financial crises.


Īvs Bertončīni, Yves Bertoncini, Latvijas eiro konferenceYves Bertoncini, Director of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute

Yves Bertoncini is Director of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute since April 2011. He assists the president in his activities, directs the team and is responsible for managing the work program. He also takes part in Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute's research work, focusing in particular on questions of European policy and institutions and on issues relating to democracy and mobility.

Yves Bertoncini is an administrator at the European Commission, where he has worked at the Directorates-General "Education, Training, Youth" and "Regional Policy" between 1998 and 2001. He has worked in the office of the French prime minister with responsibility for research on Europe at the Centre d'Analyse Stratégique (2006–2009), and as adviser to the Secretary General for European affairs (2010–2011). He has also worked for the French minister of foreign and European affairs, for the organisation of the "national dialogue for Europe" (1995–1997) and at the French embassy in Algiers (1992–1993). He was responsible for international affairs at the French Federation of Insurance Companies (2002–2005).

He is the member of the French-German Youth Office (OFAJ) advisory board, of the "Cycle des Hautes etudes européennes" Steering Committee and of Europanova Steering Committee. He participated in the Ernst Dräger Stiftung and American council on Germany "Young leaders program".

He teaches or has taught European issues at the "Corps des Mines" (Mines Paris Tech), at the Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris (2001–11) and at the National School of administration – ENA (2007–2009).

He is the author of numerous books, articles and policy papers on European questions. Many of them deal with political issues (division of powers, European parliament, democracy), but other deal with economic and social issues.

Yves Bertoncini holds degrees from the Institut d'Études Politiques in Grenoble and the College of Europe in Bruges. He has also studied at the IEP Paris and at the University of California in Berkeley. 


Lukrēcija Reihlina, Lucrezia Reichlin, Latvijas eiro konference

Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor of London Business School

Lucrezia Reichlin holds a Laurea degree in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Modena, Italy (1980) and a PhD in Economics from the New York University (US; 1986). Currently she is a full-time Professor of Economics at the London Business School, as well as a non-executive director of UniCredit Banking Group and member of the Risk Committee (since April 2009).

In 2005–2008 she was Director General Research at the European Central Bank. She has been Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and visiting professor at the Columbia University, US, as well as worked at other institutions. She is a Fellow of the Center for European Policy Research (CEPR) and Fellow of the European Economic Association. She is a member of scientific advisory boards for a number of institutions. Ms. Reichlin has been awarded a number of grants and awards. She is Co-editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Her research papers have been published in American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, etc. Lucrezia Reichlin has published numerous academic papers on econometrics and macroeconomics. She is an expert on forecasting, business cycle analysis and monetary policy. Some of the methods she has developed are widely used in central banks around the world. For full CV of Lucrezia Reichlin please see here.


Zoja Razmusa, Latvijas Banka, Latvijas eiro konferenceZoja Razmusa, Member of the Bank of Latvia Council

Zoja Razmusa was elected a Member of the Bank of Latvia Council on 17 February 2011. She started her career at the Bank of Latvia in 1993 as Deputy Head of the Monetary Policy Department and participated in developing and advancing the functions of the Bank (economic analysis and forecasting, monetary policy, research, and financial stability). Before her employment at the Bank of Latvia, she worked at the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of Latvia as Head of Division and at the Faculty of Engineering Economics of Riga Technical University as a senior lecturer of the political economy.

Zoja Razmusa represents the Bank of Latvia on the Advisory Technical Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board; previously she was the representative of the Bank of Latvia on the Working Group on Public Finance of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Banking Supervision Committee of the European System of Central Banks.

She holds Doctor's Degree in Economics from the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of Latvia and has participated in many workshops and conferences of the major national central banks and international institutions all over the world.

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