Yiannis E. PolychronakisSalford Business School, University of Salford, UK

Taught courses: International Operations, Project Management

Education: PhD, MSc. Quality Management: University of Salford; BSc (Hons) Manufacturing Management, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

Professional experience:
Yiannis E. Polychronakis is currently a Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Project Management based in Salford Business School at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He has published several articles in prestigious international journals (International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management) in the area of Project Management application for Supply Chain Development, and has a number of papers included in refereed International Conference Proceedings. Yiannis has also assisted a number of private and public organisations in developing and implementing best practices in the areas of supply chain development and project management. Organisations include Kawneer (Europe), Silent Night, Cleveland Guest, Trafford City Council, Manchester City Council, Primary Care Trusts and more.  



JAMES BOWENChairperson of the Board of Directors, Co-Founder, President and CEO of ExperientialSimulations
University of Ottawa, Canada

Taught courses: International Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Education: PhD /Master of Management Studies / Bachelor of Commerce / Carleton University, Canada

Professional experience:
At age 21 and while still in undergraduate university James co-founded a software company. Over the next 20 years he had a wide variety of in-depth experiences in both management and technology working with his company.

Dr. Bowen has been interviewed on the internet, radio, magazine, T.V. and newspaper. He has given presentations or seminars on technology and business insights. He was the sole author of two books discussing the creation and growth of high-tech product companies. He recently published his third book “The Entrepreneurial Effect” which is the beginning of a series of books that will draw upon his wide network of entrepreneurs in a collaborative approach and focus on publishing lessons learned from entrepreneurs and investors. The second in the series is underway.

He is associated with 6 universities including 2 in Europe where he teaches MBAs technology, entrepreneurship and strategy. His volunteer work includes being a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s (CATA) governing council and the initiator and leader of CATA’s Action Committee on Entrepreneurship and the City of Ottawa’s technology industry development agency’s (OCRI) Innovation Leadership Team. He wrote, for three years, the monthly theme article discussing the technology industry and its management issues for Ottawa’s technology industry newspaper NationalCapitalScan.
He is active with technology companies and investors and regularly provides advice to technology companies. He is currently focused on start-ups/consortiums to bring together people, opportunities, investment, markets and technology to accelerate the growth of technology companies.



EGILS BOITMANISDigital Marketing Enthusiast, Speaker and Entrepreneur

Taught courses: E-Business and New Media

Master's degree , Economics, RISEBA (Latvia); Bachelor's degree , Economics, Ventspils University College, (Latvia).

Egils Boitmanis is the member of the Board of Digital Marketing Association, VIP Consultant  in Affiliate Marketing Network in Latvia and CEO and Co-Owner of the Infinitum 8, which is rapidly expanding company.
"Entrepreneur at Heart" - First business: selling chewing gum wrappers in second grade. 
Happy to have found his dream job: Digital Marketing. By now have more than 6 years experience in Google AdWords, Analytics, SEO etc. Has strong passion for Conversions, ROI and Data Management.
Egils have hosted 3 Digital marketing conferences iLive (www.iliveconference.com Riga, Latvia). iLive is an international conference with speakers from all over the world.
Egils specialties: Pay Per Click Advertising (AdWords Certified and Google Trainer); Internet Marketing Strategy; e-Business; Finance Management.

e-mail: [email protected]



ANDREW GARELECKFounding memeber of LexTech Associates
(Lyon, France and Buffalo, New York)

Taught courses: International Business Law

Education: 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 educational field and his teaching experience includes universities in France, Germany, UK, etc.



DMITRY KATKOVIndependent financial analyst, consultant and lecturer with broad experience in wealth and investment management.

Taught courses: International Finance
Education: PhD in process / MA degree in Shipping Finance - Plymouth University, UK; 
Business Administration bachelor degree at LCC International University, Littuania.

Dmitrij has been working as financial expert in the banking sector. He currently advises a number of enterprises regarding risk management, financial strategies and investors’ relations issues and he is the principal owner of Katkov Consulting Ltd. -company provides consulting services on asset selection/securities analysis/wealth/portfolio management to individuals as well as institutional clients. He is also engaged in delivering high quality customized financial education solutions to a wide range customers. 
Dmitrij is also in charge of delivery of a Financial Services and Strategy module in partnership with the Singapore Accountancy Academy Global Education Ltd. at University of Plymouth, UK and is working on enhancing the quality of the professional development programs offered by London School of Economics.
Dmitrij is the lecturer in Finance in LCC International University and University of Plymouth, UK.

Personal and corporate finance, wealth and investment management, project financial viability analysis, financial education. Currently he is engaged in the research program “Investors participation in financial market”. The research is partially funded by European Central Bank.



SEAN PATRICK SASSMANNSHAUSENSchumpeter School of Business and Economics,

University of Wuppertal, Germany

Taught courses: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Education: PhD studies in 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:
As from 2005 Patrick Sassmannshausen is the Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Department at Schumpeter School of Business and Economics. 
He successfully leads a growth process for this institute, which started out with two researchers and today has approx. 20 positions in research, teaching and start-up support. Besides own research projects and teaching obligations, his managerial responsibilities include research funding, designing and advising research projects, organizing start-up support and fostering academic spin-offs. 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. He holds Visiting Faculty Positions in Austria and Poland.
Memberships and entrepreneurship community services: 
Sassmannshausen is 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 reviewer at the ICSB World Conference, for Thunderbird International Business Review and for the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is counselling start-ups and small enterprises.




Taught courses: Leadership and change management

Irina Sennikova is Rector of Riga International School of Economics and Business (RISEBA). She 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 PhD from Kozminski University (Poland).

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 enrtrepreneurial leadership.

Irina Sennikova is a member of Latvian State Scientific Qualification Commiteee. 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.



FELIPE MARTINEZThught courses: Organizational Design

Education: PhD in Management (Organisational Design) University of Economics, Prague. Czech Republic. Industrial Engineer Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Professional experience:
Felipe Martinez teaches courses on Organisational Design, Lean Management, Operations Management and General Management. His Industrial Engineer background gives to his lectures a process orientation. This orientation is well perceived in his doctoral studies on the Procedures to set up the organisational structure of firms. Furthermore, he explores the application of Lean methodologies (process improvement) in unusual services such as Health Care and Education. He works as a consultant and has broad professional experience working in Colombia, India and the Czech Republic. (Winter 2015)



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)

Telephone :+371 67500262
e-mail: [email protected]



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)

For more information please see LINKEDIN profile 
Mob. Phone:+371 26392939
[email protected]



JURIS ULMANISTaught courses: International Marketing and Communications; International Strategy Management

Education: Konektikutas universitāte ASV, Storrs/ American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) Glendale, AZ/ Latvian University.

Professional experience:
Juris Ulmanis is a founding partner of Experiential Simulations, a Canadian start-up established to revolutionize education through the use of experiential learning and gamification. Dr. Ulmanis spent 18 years with Motorola in various leadership and business development positions in the US and Europe. He has spent the last 10 years teaching entrepreneurship, marketing and international business in Bachelor, MBA, and EMBA programs at universities in Europe and regularly trains and consults regional businesses in intrapreneurship, marketing, sales, trust-building, negotiations and leadership. He is a serial entrepreneur, having begun in his teens with a helium balloon business, and during the last 19 years has launched seven start-ups in the Baltics, alone. Receiving his PhD in Management, Juris designed and created the StartUp Lab at Riga Business School, a hands-on class for select students, striving to become entrepreneurs. He has reviewed over a hundred business plans and is an active participant in EFER (European Foundation for Entrepreneurial Research). Being a sought-after speaker and media commentator on entrepreneurship, business, and management issues, Juris is also a mountaineer and polar explorer, having written two books on his experiences and insights. Juris is Vice-Chairman of the European Scout Foundation, based in Geneva, on the Advisory Board of Latvian Foster Family Society, and a Board member of the NATO support group, the Latvian Transatlantic Organization (LATO). He was also a founding Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Juris is a recipient of the Three-Star Order, the highest Latvian national civil award, presented by the President of the Republic of Latvia.


Gundega Lapina, Dr. paed., assoc.prof.

Gundega LapinaHead of RISEBA Business Department

Courses tought in RISEBA (Latvian and English)

  • Innovation Management
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Open Innovation and Creativity  in professional Work
  • Innovative Entrepreneurship
  • Project Laboratory


•    University of Latvia, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, PhD in pedagogy (Dr.paed)
•    Riga Higher School of Education and Management , Master of Pedagogy,  Mag. paed. 
•    Univertsity of Latvia, Faculty of Physics and mathematics - Physicist, Teacher of Physics, diploma (equivalent to M. Sc.)

Research interests:

  • Innovation management  and innovation metrics
  • Innovation pedagogy

Work Experience: 
Since 2012 G.Lapina has taken the academic and administrative positions in RISEBA, taking responsibility on managing the Business Department and since March 2013 also – the Distance learning centre.
Since 2000 she has been working as an international project manager in Latvian Technological Center, developing, coordinating and managing innovation, technology transfer and education related projects. For 12 years she has actively worked in Enterprise Europe Network, promoting innovation in Latvian entrepreneurship community and promoting cooperation of research and industry internationally. In international project activities she has been working with different innovation target groups – researchers, entrepreneurs, educators , and doing research on innovative entrepreneurship development,  innovation support and innovation policy in Latvia. I the Framework of EC Life Long Learning program Leonardo da Vinci program  G.Lapina has coordinated a project and developed  distance learning courses.

•    Phone : +371 67 893 989,
•    Mob.: +371 25 619 453
•    [email protected]