Diversity and Inclusion Forum 2022

November 22, 2022
Time: 10h00 - 16h15
Venue: Latvian National Library (11th Floor)


Languages: Latvian and English (with translation)
Host: Tālis Eipurs, TV and Radio journalist

Organized by: Latvian Diversity CharterInstitute for Corporate Sustainability and ResponsibilityAssociation of LGBT and their friends "Mozaīka"

10:00 - 10:30 Opening

Zane Petre - Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia
Mārtiņš Staķis - Mayor of Riga

Zaiga Pūce - Director of the Society Integration Foundation
Christian Heldt - Ambassador of Germany to Latvia (video)
Kaspars Zālītis - Chair of the Latvian Diversity Charter

10:30 - 11:30 Impact of diversity on economic development and investment

Moderated by:
Dr. oec. Jurijs Spiridonovs - RISEBA University Associate Professor

Cost of intolerance in Latvia
Kristaps Kovaļevskis - KPMG 
Baltics Manager at Management Consulting

Spread of discrimination in Latvia. Social perspective
Santa Lazdiņa - KANTAR Latvija, Account Manager, Customer relations

Irina Kostina - The Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia , Leader of the Labour Force and Requalification workgroupZAB Ellex Kļaviņš 

Why diversity and inclusion are key to the business growth?
Ilze Ogle - Head of Human Resources, SEB Banka Latvia

11:45 - 12:45 Towards a respectful country and municipality

Moderated by:

Evija Celma - Chief of Staff, Riga Mayor's Office

Diversity and Inclusion - perspective from Vilnius
Ieva Dirmaite - Head of Vilnius Mayor's Office

Cēsis - the road towards the inclusive municipality
Atis Egliņš-Eglītis - Deputy Major of Cēsis

Best practice in diversity management - State perspective
Zaiga Pūce - Director of the Society Integration Foundation

13:00 - 14:15 Diversity: object of internal and external influence and communication

The Alliance of values: NATO's actions in countering disinformation
Baiba Braže - NATO, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy

Fight against diversity - from political initiatives till exile and "persona non-grata"
Juri Rescheto - Deutsche Welle Chief of Riga Bureau, former Deutsche Welle Chief of Moscow Bureau

Gunta Sloga - Baltic Centre for Media Excellence, Executive Director
Kristīne Garina - Chair of the Association of LGBT and their friends "Mozaika"

14:45 - 15:05 Special Guest

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the development of our society
Prof. Dr.iur Sanita Osipova - University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, former President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia

15:05 - 16:05 Examples of Diversity Management Best Practices

Moderated by:
Dace Helmane - CEO, Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

Ways to communicate diversity internally & externally
Poļina Nazarova - Deloitte, Baltic Head of Administration

Aļesja Kirčenko - Deputy Head of SEB Global Services in Riga, Chairperson of ABSL Latvia

Nora Inveiss - Printful Brand Manager

16:05 - 16:10 Closing

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