DSC_5688 (684x1024) Ainars Lerhis
Chairman, Senior researcher

Dr.hist. (Ph. D.; 2002).Graduated from Faculty of History and Philosophy at the University of Latvia (Riga), historian. Leading researcher in Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia, and chairman of the Board at the Centre for East European Political Studies (Riga). He has worked in Archive of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Latvia, and as assistant professor and director of study programme „International Relations – European Studies” in Department of Political Science of Faculty of European Studies at Riga Stradins University. He has delivered lectures in Training Centre of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now he delivers a study course of history of diplomacy in Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia. His scientific interests: problems of international relations, history of foreign policy of Latvia (history of diplomatic and consular service of the Republic of Latvia, the „Baltic Question” in international relations as well as problems of history of Latvian foreign trade). Author of scientific monography “Foreign Service of the Republic of Latvia. 1918–1941” (in Latvian, 2005), co-author of six books, author of more than 30 scientific articles and many popular-science articles

Anna Lasmane
Member of the Board, Deputy Director on Administrative issues

She mastered the specialty of lawyer at the Policy Academy of Latvia, used her knowledge while working for various institutions’ personnel management units resolving the labour legal aspects. Has a five years experience in human resources management. She used her practical competence in theoretical studies, and in 2008 she was granted the professional degree of Master of Personnel Management at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration. During the period of her studies, she gained additional knowledge in communications, psychology, management, economics.

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DSC_6153 (1) (684x1024) Ieva Dzelme- Romanovska
Communications and Project Manager

Graduated from University of Latvia, she is Bachelor in Social Sciences, Communications Sciences. She has also graduated Riga Stradins University and has master’s degree in social anthropology. She has worked for creative teams in various television projects at Latvia Television, including the 48th International Eurovision song contest and Latvian School Youth IX Song and Dance Festival television film groups. Has been the editor of State Presidential Strategic Analysis Commission ideas’ platform and the Chairwoman of the Board of Latvian Conservative Youth Union. She acts as a manager of various projects, public relations specialist and information co-ordinator.

Maris Cepuritis

Has BA and MA degrees in International relations both done in Riga Stradins University. Currently he is a studying for his PhD in Political science in the same university. Has worked in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Transatlantic organisation specifically participating in organising “The Rīga Conference”. Currently Maris is a part time lecturer in Riga Stradiņš University. Main research focus includes the influence of foreign policy discourses on decision-making and political processes, relations between Latvia and Russia as well as evolution of diplomacy and relations in East Asia.

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