IEVA BRENCEEuropean Business Studies Programme Director

Business Simulation Game INTOPIA

Education: Assoc. prof., Dr.sc.administr.

Research interests: 

Financing of risk capital, marketing research

Professional experience:
Head of Economics and Finance Department, Director of the Master’s Study Programme „International Finance” at RISEBA

Before joining the RISEBA University she was employed in Latvian Academy of Sciences for more than 8 years, coordinating research projects financed by the EU Structural Funds and national institutions – planning the distribution of financing and the activities to be performed, ensuring the preparation of projects’ reports. etc. 
She is an author of more than 30 scientific publications and has presented her research results in more than 25 international conferences.



Teaches: Personal Development


University of Latvia, Faculty of Philology

University of Latvia, Master degree in Social Sciences, Organizational Psychology

Research interests: 

Olga started her career with BTA, one of the largest local insurance companies in Latvia as HR Department Director. Now she is Fontes Executive Search Board member and Senior Consultant.  From 2004 she is specializing in the management assessment and development field, she is working as a Leadership development expert, trainer, and as Executive Coach. She was a Board Member of Latvian Organizational Psychologists Association for 4 years and now she is International Coaching Federation (ICF) Latvian Chapter Board member.


Ivars Godmanis Taught courses:
European economic and political development

Latvian University, faculty of physics and mathematics

Professional experience:
Ivars Godmanis, is a Latvian politician, from 2009 - 2013 member of the European Parliament. 
I.Godmanis was the first Prime Minister of Latvia after the restoration of the Latvian independence (from 1990 until 1993) as well as from 2007 until 2009. 
In 1995 Godmanis was awarded the Order of the Three Stars and later appointed as the Finance Minister and the Minister of the Interior in 2006.
I.Godmanis is also known as the president of JSC "Latvian Krajbanka" and vice president of JSC "SWH Riga".




Rector of RISEBA

Taught courses: 
Leadership and organizational behavior

Irina Sennikova holds an MA degree in English Philology from the University of Latvia, MBA and MSc in Management from IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia), and Ph.D. from Kozminski University (Poland).

Professional experience:Ielīmēt
Apart from her administrative responsibilities, she teaches courses in management, leadership and organizational behavior at RISEBA. She also is a visiting lecturer at the Baltic Defense College (Estonia). Her research interests lie mainly in the area of intellectual entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership.

Irina Sennikova is a member of Latvian State Scientific Qualification Committee. She has been a founding member of International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) and is a Senior Enterprise Fellow at University of Essex, School of Entrepreneurship and Business, UK. She is a Chair of the EQUAL board and a member of CEEMAN Board and CEEMAN Accreditation Committee.



ARTIS PABRIKSTaught courses: European Political and Economic Development

PhD in Political science
Degree in history, University of Latvia
PhD in pol. science, University of Aarhus, DK

Professional experience:
from 2010 – 2014 Minister of Defence, since 2014 member of the European Parliament   
2007 – 2010 Member of Parliament, member of Foreign Affairs Committee, member of European Affairs Committee, Head of Latvia - Japan, South Corea, Singapore and Montenegro Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation group
2004 -2007 Minister of Foreign Affairs Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2003 – 2004 Policy analyst - consultant in Political Education Foundation (PIF), Latvia
Since 2002 Member of the editorial board of the "Baltic Review" magazine ECRI (Council of Europe) deputy member on behalf of Latvia
2001 - 2003 Policy analyst in the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies


almir pestek bw.jpgTaught Courses:
Integrated Marketing Communications 
E-Business and New Media


BSc in Economics, University of Sarajevo
MSc in Business Economics, University of Sarajevo
PhD in Economics, University of Sarajevo
Fulbright post-doctoral scholar, Loyola University Chicago - Quinlan School of Business
He is author and co-author of more than 50 scientific papers, 10 chapters in textbooks and four research monographs.

Professional Experience:
He has been working at School of Economics and Business in Sarajevo since 1999. He holds the position of an Associate Professor at Department of Marketing.

His working experience is also related to work with the Business Academy (life-long learning programs and professional development, 2013-2014), Economic Institute Sarajevo (consultancy firm, Deputy Director, 2008-2012), E-Net Center Sarajevo (GDLN distance learning center of the World Bank, Director, 2006-2008), ETP Center Sarajevo (life-long learning programs and professional development, Director, 2004-2005) and Larive Bosnia (consultancy firm, Project Manager, 2000-2003).

He has conducted more than 120 different research and consultancy projects and has also delivered training in different areas: marketing, digital marketing and social media, tourism, entrepreneurship, strategic management and planning, etc.

Research Interests: Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Media



SEAN PATRICK SASSMANNSHAUSENProfessor for Business Studies and Entrepreneurship
Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, Germany

Taught courses: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ph.D. studies in the year 2000 at the University of Wuppertal, Germany; Intercultural Management at Friedrich-Schiller-University and the MPI in Jena, Germany, and Scandinavian Area Studies in Odense, Denmark.

Professional experience:
Prof. Dr Sean Patrick Sassmannshausen is Full Professor for Business Studies and Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Regensburg. He is head of the start-up center at his university. Besides research and teaching his responsibilities include organizing start-up support and fostering academic spin-offs. In summer 2007 he visited Harvard Business School where he participated in a program on entrepreneurship education. During 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management. From 2013 to 2014 he was Visiting Professor for Entrepreneurship at Aarhus University (Denmark) and Professor at interim for SME Management, Family Business, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Siegen, Germany. Before this, he was Managing Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at University of Wuppertal, Germany. He holds Visiting Faculty Positions in Austria and Poland.

Memberships and entrepreneurship community services: 
Sassmannshausen is a member of the Academy of Management (Entrepreneurship Division, Business Policy Division, International Management Division and Business History Division), the International Council of Small Business and the European Council of Small Business, EFER (European Foundation of Entrepreneurship Research), and the German FGF (Förderkreis Gründungsforschung). He is a reviewer for several international academic journals and conferences. He is counseling start-ups, small and medium enterprises and family businesses.



JACEK TOMKIEWICZKozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Taught courses: Managerial Economics

Cracow University of Economics

Research interests are mainly focused on macroeconomics and economic policy in emerging markets, he has published some of his works on this issues.

Professional experience: Research Director at TIGER (Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research – www.tiger.edu.pl) – research center which operates within Kozminski University (KU) in Warsaw. He holds Ph.D. in economics and he is lecturer (economics, economic policy, public finance) at KU. He was also involved in practical aspects of economic policy – in 2002 and 2003 worked as an Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and was a member of the team responsible for public finance reform.
Dr Jacek Tomkiewicz spent time in a foreign research institution like OECD (France), University of Brighton (UK) and Hoover Institution at Stanford University (USA).



Strategic Management
Financial Markets and Risks

Education: Prof; Dr.oec
Doctor of Economic Science -  Riga Technical University;
the degree of Candidate of Economic Science of Russian Federation;
Master of International Management degree of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris (HEC/ESCP);
diploma of an economist with knowledge of foreign languages (English, French) of Russian Academy for Foreign Trade and diploma of engineer-economist of Moscow Institute of Food staff industry.t

The training for teaching staff at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK (2008);
Salford University, Manchester, UK (2007)
Bled School of Management, Slovenia (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010).

Research Interests: Strategic Management, Project Management, Finance

Professional experience:
Full Professor of RISEBA, business consultant, and trainer. 
He has consulted public and private sector of organizations and he led more than 10years executive finance functions within Latvian and International companies. He is now Board Member of SIA Sinergija, Management Consultants.
Andrej’s expertise lies in corporate strategy development and implementation, corporate financial management, business valuation and project management. He worked as a trainer of Strategic Management Training of Latvian Business School,
ANS Training Centre, Rigas Menedžeru Skola, as a trainer of Financial Management Training of GrossBuh Invest and Latvikon (AFW, PMI). He is now a trainer of Project Management program of AFW Academy of Bad Harzbug, Germany, he possesses Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate in good standing and he is a trainer of PMP Prep course of PMI, USA.

He started his teaching career as a lector of Strategic Management program of RISEBA in 1994.

His international teaching experience spans lecturing in Ecole Superieur du Commerce Exterieur (ESCE) Paris; Ecole de management, Lyon (ESDES); Normandy School of Management Kaen, France; the University of Applied Science in Mainz, Germany; Estonian Business School, MBA programme in Tallinn and INHOLLAND University, Rotterdam. He lectures Strategic Management; Managing for Financial Value Creation; Finance and Financial Management disciplines in RISEBA on MBA program of Salford Business School (UK) since 2004.



POLINA NAIDENKOHead of External Relations Department

Taught courses: 

Presentation Skills, 
Principles of Marketing, 
Marketing Research,
Marketing Management,
Research Methodology and Design

Professional Master’s Degree 
RISEBA (Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration), Latvia

Research Interests:
Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Event Marketing and Management, Cross-Cultural Communications

Professional experience:
2012- currently: Head of RISEBA External Relations Department
1999 – currently: RISEBA lecturer (Presentation Skills, Marketing, Marketing Communications, Marketing Research, Research Methodology, and Design)



ali_ait_si_mhamed.jpgTaught courses:
Quantitative methods by using SPSS

PhD from the State University of New York (SUNY), USA

Professional experience:
Assoc. professor Ali Ait Si Mhamed has an extensive teaching experience internationally (USA, Morocco, etc.). Moreover, he is a World Bank Consultant on issues of finance of higher education. He has examined financial aid systems in Latvian higher education. Dr. Ali Ait Si Mhamed was a Fulbright Scholar from the USA to Latvia in 2011-2012.

Assoc. professor Ali Ait Si Mhamed has presented in many international conferences, has conducted many seminars in finance, distance learning, and many other related university education topics. He has served on many committees and boards to help develop courses, assessment tools in class and university partnership programs.   

Research interests: Economics and finance of higher education


ALEXANDER SUHOBOKOVTaught courses: Corporate Finance, Investments and Financial Markets

MBA programme in University of London (UK),
Masters in Economics programme in University of Latvia and European Business Studies bachelor programme in RISEBA (Latvia, Riga).

Research Interests: Corporate and Financial Risk Management, Behavioral Finance

Professional experience:
Currently - Head of Research and Wealth Management in Dukascopy Group, Switzerland. 
2008 -2011 Head of Investments, Strategy, and Settlements, Member of the Board, Maximus Capital Management, Latvia. 
2006-2008 Head of market risk management department Parex Group, Latvia.
2004-2006 Financial risk analyst, Parex Group, Latvia.

Alexander is a Member of Global Association of Risk Professionals, Member of Swiss CFA Society and has Diploma in European Business Administration from London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.



john_joseph_burke.jpgTaught courses:

International Banking and Financial Market
International Trade

PhD, Freiburg University; B.A, Columbia College, New York, USA

Professional experience:
John Joseph Burke is an international lawyer with professional experience in the private, public, and academic sectors. He has drafted legislation for the State of New Jersey and the Republic of Estonia and commented upon legislative proposals in the area of securities markets for the Republic of Croatia.
John Joseph Burke has served as Professor Law at KIMEP University (Kazakhstan) for six years; as Rector and Professor of the Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia, and Rector and Professor at International University Audentes, Estonia.
He has a distinguished publication record and provides services as an International Commerical Arbitrator.

Research interests: Auditor liability, Civil obligations under the law of different republics



OLGA TJURDJUTaught courses: Information technologies, Quantitative Methods: Statistics, Research Methods for Business Data Analysis

Master of International Business (MIB) – Riga International School of Economics and Business administration (RISEBA)

Professional experience
2012 – Present – Cytec Industries, Human Resource Information Systems Analyst 
2008 – Present – Professor at Riga International School of Economics and Business administration (RISEBA)
2010-2012 - Cytec Industries, Payroll and Benefits for BENELUX countries (specialist and team lead)



European Union

Doctor’s degree in economics. Riga Technical University; Latvian University

Professional experience: Jurijs Spiridonovs is an Advisor to Minister of Finance. Beforehand he was a Deputy Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economics of Latvia, Deputy Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment and held several other responsible positions. His areas of responsibility include governmental policies in the energy sector (natural gas, electricity, heating), construction and housing.



ANDREW GARELECKTaught courses: 
International Business Law

Juris Doctor, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont; Master in Law - Université de Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France; Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Political Science- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Professional experience:
Mr. Andrew Gareleck is a native of the New York State. He has much experience assisting corporations and individuals in the areas of U.S. corporate, commercial, and immigration law.
He is a member of the New York State Bar.  Prior to joining LexTech Associates, Mr. Gareleck worked in New York City for a prominent mid-town Manhattan law firm and in Lyon, France, for a law firm directed by a member of European Parliament. He subsequently spent three years, from 1996-99, leading the U.S. Desk of Ernst & Young's French law practice. 
Mr. Gareleck regularly advises clients on business development and strategies for entering the U.S. market. He has assisted clients with the creation of corporations and limited liability companies (LLC) including foreign-owned subsidiaries and joint-venture companies. Business entities formed by Mr. Gareleck can be found throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Mr. Gareleck also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting of various types of contracts including license, distribution, merger, and cession agreements. Among his clients are the Presidents, Senior Managers, and employees of some of the world's largest multinational corporations.
His expertise was the subject of a French national newspaper article that appeared in the Le Figaro on September 22, 1997, entitled "Etats-Unis: l'école de la motivation". He also worked for the Office of Special Investigations of the United States Department of Justice, the office responsible for investigating and prosecuting persons who entered the United States in violation of U.S. immigration laws.
Mr. Gareleck is active in the educational field and his teaching experience includes universities in France, Germany, UK, etc.


JELENA MALESKOTaught courses:

Business Communication (Spoken/Written: SEFIC and EFB) Levels 2,3,4 leading to International Qualifications from LCCI (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Business Negotiations
English for Media Arts


English and German language teacher. Master’s Degree from Orjol Pedagogical University.

Research interests:

Corporate Training in Business Communication. Business meets Arts Concept. RISEBA Case.

Professional experience:

Assistant Professor at RISEBA since 2002.Jelena started her teaching career in Latvia in 1989 as a teacher of English in Latvian Business School and proceeded as a lecturer at RISEBA teaching General and Business English, preparing students for obtaining different International Certificates. She was a Head of the English Language Department and Director of the European Business Studies Programme.

She is also a corporate teacher trainer of Business Communication and Business Negotiations preparing candidates for the International Qualifications from LCCI.As a member of the Latvian Association of Teachers of English (LATE) Jelena provides workshops and practical seminars for teachers of English.

Apart from her teaching practice, Jelena is actively involved in different extracurricular activities managing students’ integrated artistic projects. 



Assistant Professor, Language Department
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry training center tutor.

Taught courses:

Spoken English for Business
Business Administration
Cross-cultural communications


Master’s degree in English Philology, Em. Kant University of Kaliningrad, translator, and interpreter.
Master’s degree in Innovation Management , Moscow Central Patent Institute, patent expert.
Master’s degree in Education, Latvian State University.
Executive Language Training, Teacher Training ( 6 certificates from International House, UK)

Professional experience:

After working as a translator of patent, technical and scientific information, books and monographs in a scientific research institute became the head of the translation department. Was also dealing with organizing high –scale international conferences and exhibitions in the sphere of intellectual property protection and patent research.  

Apart from teaching organized language training courses and set up her own company – Living Language Centre in cooperation with a UK enterprise.

Was a member international teacher association and participated in international Project Ļanguage, Culture, Communication from 1994-2006 in Scotland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Germany.

Since 2001 has been teaching a number of subjects in RISEBA: Spoken English For Commerce Industry and, Business Administration, Presentation Skills, Cross-Cultural  Interaction Management.  Can boast with her students’ best results in the world in Business Administration LCCI examination in  2010 and silver and gold medals in 2011. Was awarded a letter of gratitude from the Ministry of Education of Latvija.

Has been a guest lecturer in Finland, The Netherlands, France, Italy. Is very concerned about social responsibility, equal opportunities, and justice. Her research interests lie in the sphere of international relationships and cross-cultural issues, employability.  Member of Editorial Board of Scientific ResearchJournal  „Language, Individual and Society”.