Baltic Investors
Forum 2021: Winners

10 June 2021, Vilnius

2021 BIF

Winners – their experience is what we will review at the Baltic Investors Forum 2021. Who are they? Businesses that passed the test of the pandemic, strengthened their positions, and discovered new opportunities. The public sector, with an unconventional approach to governance and efficiency. World leaders, laying the foundations for new strategic directions of development.

At this year’s Forum, we will analyse what helped companies, organisations and individuals become winners? What solutions helped companies overcome the threat of unprecedented levels and achieve the best results? What innovations helped conquer new markets and gain consumer recognition? How did the changed attitude toward sustainability and the environment lead to pioneering in innovative business? What new working methods allowed us to be quicker and more flexible? What kind of tomorrow are scientific genius creating?

Why should you participate in the BIF?

  • You will be part of the community of business leaders and decision makers;
  • You will have a great opportunity to share your success story and good practice;
  • You will form opinions on business-relevant topics;
  • You will network in a business-based communication space.

about us

The Baltic Investors Forum is one of the most important international platforms in the Baltic region for discussing economic and geopolitical issues and planning future business strategies.

Over the past decade, the most prominent scientists, renowned political and economic experts, government and business leaders and public figures have met here.

The Baltic Investors Forum (BIF) has hosted Nobel Prize winner Robert J. Shiller; author of the best-sellers The Next 100 Years and The Next Decade, geopolitics expert Dr George Friedman; Emmy award-winning creator, one of the producers of the TV show The Simpsons, Joel Cohen; economist at the Nomura Research Institute, Richard C. Koo; and many others.

The BIF is the main event of the association Investors’ Forum, which discusses long-term global strategies and topics relevant to business.

Speakers

JACEK OLCZAK

CEO at Philip Morris International

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CÉLINE GAUER

European Commission, Director General of RECOVER

CHRISTOFFER MALMER

SEB group, Head of SEBx

Branka Rajicic (2)

BRANKA RAJICIC

People and Talent Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers CEE

INGRIDA OLENDRAITĖ

Virologist - Researcher at the University of Cambridge

JAAK MIKKEL

General Manager Poland and Baltics, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

DEXTER FLETCHER

Film Director, Actor

TOMAS BALČĖTIS

Assistant GM in Denver Nuggets (NBA)

PAULIUS JAKIMAVIČIUS

Global Head of Back Office, Western Union Business Solutions

VILIUS LUKAUSKAS

Danske Bank Lithuania, Chief of Staff

VITALIJA JAKOVONIENĖ

Head of People Strategy, Western Union Global Payments, Interim Site Leader, Western Union Lithuania

Hearing of Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS, Commissioner-designate, Environment and Oceans - Opening speech

VIRGINIJUS SINKEVIČIUS

European Commissioner

MORE SPEAKERS SOON!

Programme

  • 9:00 - 9.30

    Opening of the event

    Rolandas Valiūnas, Investors’ Forum, Chairman of the Board
    Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania (TBC)
    Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
    Ingrida Šimonytė, Lithuanian Prime Minister (TBC)

  • 9:30 - 10:00

    CEO talks

    We Dare to Disrupt Our Business: a Road to the Smoke-Free Future
    Jacek Olczak, COO at Philip Morris International

  • 10:00 - 11:00

    Leadership and Money - against the Virus

    How will we Rebuild Post-covid Europe
    Céline Gauer, Director General of the Recovery and Resilience Task Force, EC

  • 11:00 - 12:00

    Winners - what Unexpected Opportunities did we Discover During the Pandemic?

    Jaak Mikkel
    , General Manager Poland and Baltics, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
    Christoffer Malmer, Head of SEBx, SEB Group
    Branka Rajicic, CEE People & Talent Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    Lunch Break

  • 13:00 - 15:00

    Vilius Lukauskas, Danske Bank Lietuva, Chief of Staff
    Vitalija Jakovonienė, EUROC Site leader (interim) Head of People Strategy, Global Payments at Western Union
    Paulius Jakimavičius, Global Head of Back Office at Western Union Business Solutions
    Sigitas Žvirblis, „Intersurgical“ CEO

  • 15:00 - 16:00

    Science - is Humanity Capable of Fighting Viruses?

    Johannes Haushofer, Economist, Stockholm University
    Ingrida Olendraitė, Virologist and a research assistant at the University of Cambridge

  • 16:00 - 17.00

    Against the Virus - Creativity and Sports Virus

    Building a Winning Team with Data
    Tomas Balčėtis, Assistant GM in Denver Nuggets (NBA)

    Who the F*** is Dexter Fletcher?
    Dexter Fletcher, Film Director, Actor

Call for businesses

We invite our company’s employees to participate in this conference of business professionals, to gain professional experience and expand their horizons. Participation in the BIF is the best thanks, appreciation and encouragement for improvement that you can give us. Take advantage of this opportunity already this year!

For special ticket prices for businesses, please contact Monika Banevičiūtė by email: [email protected]

In 2021, the BIF will take place both live and online. By choosing standard live participation tickets, you will also receive an invitation to participate in the Investors’ Forum awards ceremony.

Online ticket

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  • Participation in the conference ONLINE;
  • Recordings available for one week after the conference.
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nemokama programa

„Baltic Investors Forum” – viena svarbiausių Baltijos šalių regiono tarptautinių platformų ekonominėms ir geopolitinėms aktualijoms aptarti bei ateities verslo strategijoms numatyti.

Per dešimtmetį čia susitiko iškiliausi mokslininkai, ryškiausi politikos ir ekonomikos ekspertai, vyriausybių ir verslo lyderiai ir visuomenininkai. Baltijos investuotojų forume (BIF) kalbėjo  Nobelio ekonomikos premijos laureatas  Robert J. Shiller, bestselerių „The Next 100 Years“ ir „The Next Decade“ autorius, geopolitikos ekspertas Dr. George Friedman, „Emmy“ apdovanojimą pelnęs kūrėjas, vienas iš serialo ir „The Simpsons“ prodiuserių  Joel Cohen, „Nomura“ tyrimų instituto ekonomistas Richard C. Koo ir daugelis kitų.

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  • 8:00

    Registracija ir pasitikimo kava

  • 8:30

    Atidarymas
    Sveikinimo žodis: Rolandas Valiūnas, Investuotojų Forumo valdybos pirmininkas

  • 10:30

    Ar technologijos pakeis finansų sektorių taip, kaip internetas pakeitė medijas?
    Tal Sharon, Equitech Financial Consulting vykdantysis partneris, FinTech-Aviv bendruomenės ekspertas ir mokytojas Dr. Nader Maleki, Tarptautinių bankų forumo prezidentas Monika Narbutaitė, Atitikties paslaugų vadovė, Lewben Group Vaidas Žagūnis, AB SEB banko prezidento pavaduotojas, Mažmeninės bankininkystės tarnybos direktorius Diskusiją moderuoja Mantas Zalatorius, Lietuvos bankų asociacijos prezidentas.

  • 12:00

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Contacts

INVESTORS’ FORUM
Totorių g. 5-21, LT-01121 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone.: +370 5 275 52 58
Email: [email protected]

MONIKA BANEVIČIŪTĖ
+370 638 36 226
[email protected]

Jacek Olczak

We Dare to Disrupt Our Business: a Road to the Smoke-Free Future

Phillip Morris International is committed to creating a smoke-free future, thus, accelerating a massive momentum in the change of industry, the company itself and opportunities of public health. Having a brave goal to stop selling cigarettes, the company is not afraid to disrupt its own business and the entire tobacco industry.

Mr. Olczak is CEO at Philip Morris International.  Mr. Olczak joined Philip Morris Polska in 1993 as Manager, Finance and Administration. After serving as Manager, Internal Controls in 1995 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Mr. Olczak returned to Poland in 1996 where he held various positions in finance, sales, and operations. Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. Olczak worked extensively across Central Europe and the Baltic States, and in 2004 was appointed Managing Director, Poland & Baltic States. In 2006, he became Managing Director, Germany & Austria, and from 2009 until 2012, he served as President of PMI’s European Union Region, responsible for managing our operations. From 2012 until his current appointment, Mr. Olczak held the role of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining PMI, Mr. Olczak worked for BDO Binder Sp. z o.o. in London and Warsaw. Mr. Olczak holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Lodz, Poland. Philip Morris International is the first major international investor in the restored independent Republic of Lithuania and has been operating in the country since 1993. In 1997 PMI implemented the first Greenfield project in Lithuania and built a new factory in Klaipeda.

CÉLINE GAUER

Director General of the Recovery and Resilience Task Force, EC.

The Recover and Resilience Task Force is in charge of coordinating and implementing the Recovery and Resilience Facility to help the European Union emerge from the coronavirus crisis and to make the economies of the Member States more resilient. This instrument will be the largest stimulus package ever financed through the EU budget. A total of €1.8 trillion will help rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe. It will be a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe.

Gauer was Deputy Secretary-General in charge of Smart Regulation, Work Programme and Policy Coordination in the Secretariat General of the European Commission from 2018 until 2020.

Before that she was Deputy Director General for Food Safety in the European Commission’s General Directorate for Health and Food Safety until 2018.

Prior to that date she was a member of the Directorate General for Competition where she occupied various positions from 1995 until 2018, lately as Director for Energy and Environment.

She studied Law and Economics in France (Sorbonne and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris).

CHRISTOFFER MALMER

Mr. Malmer joined SEB in 2011 as Head of Financial Institutions Coverage, before becoming a member of the Group Executive Committee as Head of the Wealth Management division in 2015. In 2016, he became Co-Head of the Corporate & Private Customers division within SEB. In April 2018 Mr. Malmer was appointed Head of the SEBx-project, a strategic initiative to explore new technologies and new customer offerings. Prior to joining SEB, Mr. Malmer spent nine years at Goldman Sachs in London where he in 2007 was made Managing Director and head of the European Equity Research Team, covering Financial Institutions. In 2009, he moved back to Sweden and spent two years advising Arrowgrass Capital Partners on investments in Financial Institutions. Christoffer Malmer earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration at the University of Lund in 2000.

BRANKA RAJICIC

The return of optimism

Out of the depths of last year’s global health and economic crisis, the confidence of CEOs worldwide has returned to record levels, according to this year’s PwC CEO Survey. Yet, business executives in CEE remain more cautious about the growth perspectives of their companies than their peers worldwide. 

What gives CEE CEOs extra cause for concern, why is the risk awareness in our region higher than elsewhere and where are the business executives in CEE looking for growth? Find out from Branka Rajicic.

Branka has a dual role in PwC. She is both the Leader of the PwC Tax practice in Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as the PwC CEE People and Talent Leader and member of the Executive board of PwC CEE.

She is a tax consultant by background, with over 20 years of professional experience working with various clients  – from prominent large multinationals to thriving private businesses, and from venture capital funds to the public sector. She helped them structure their investments and business activities in an optimal way, acquire local businesses, and navigate complexities of local laws and regulations. She has also contributed to the reform of the Serbian Tax Administration and improvement of the local tax regulations and practice through professional organisations and direct work with the authorities. 

She took over the role of PwC Central and Eastern Europe’s People and Talent Leader just a few short months before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her priorities in this role were two-fold: driving the PwC CEE People Transformation agenda and improving the wellbeing of professionals across the firm, with both of these topics becoming crucial following the pandemic and the prolonged period of remote work.

JOHANNES HAUSHOFER

Do Lockdowns Hurt or Help Mental Health?

Governments have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic with a variety of interventions, such as lockdowns, school closures, and travel bans. What is the effect of these drastic measures on individuals’ mental health? Economist Johannes Haushofer will explore how these interventions influenced perception and mental health, and how governments and businesses could assess the impact of such interventions; e.g., to understand how work-from-home affects productivity. 

 Johannes Haushofer is Assistant Professor of Economics at Stockholm University. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Founder and Scientific Director of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, a research non-profit in Nairobi, Kenya. Johannes’s research interests lie at the intersection of development and behavioral economics. He holds a BA in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from Oxford, a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich.

INGRIDA OLENDRAITĖ

Are viruses “black swan” events?

Can science and medicine prevent the spread of viruses? What have we learned from Covid-19? What to expect in the future – what unknowns are hidden in the current and future viruses? 

A postdoctoral researcher in viral molecular biology and bioinformatics at the Cambridge University, Ingrida Olendraitė, is studying the pandemic influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. “The most recent research shows that it all depends on the person. It is interesting and useful to analyse the virus, but the most important part is to analyse human biology, immunity, and how the immunity systems and responses of different age groups or people with different illnesses differ”, says the researcher. 

During the doctoral studies. Ingrida Olendraitė searched for new viruses, using more sensitive methods. Ingrida’s goal is to delve into the mutation of the pandemic influenza, learning of what determines already dangerous flu viruses becoming pandemic. 

JAAK MIKKEL

“Adapting to Win in COVID-19 Times”

General Manager Poland and Baltics, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the biggest global challenges to individuals, societies and governments around the world, which has changed our lifestyles in recent decade. As is usually the nature of any crisis for businesses it has been the time to revisit the way they have operated so far and a chance to revisit their business model, reshape it and adapt to continue winning in the future. Take an exceptional opportunity to learn newest insights of global beverage industry leaders on how to leverage a global crisis to accelerate business change towards a more agile model.

Jaak Mikkel, CEO of Coca-Cola Hellenic Poland and the Baltic States is an experienced manager who has held many positions in various management areas, sectors, and countries during his career. Associated with Coca-Cola HBC since 2008, initially as Sales Director in the Baltic States, then as CEO of Pivara Skopje, managing a joint venture with Heineken. In 2014, Jaak Mikkel was appointed CEO in Romania, where under his leadership the company achieved the highest market share in the carbonated drinks category in a decade. Since 2018, he has been the General Director in Poland and as of May 2019 he has been leading an integrated Business Unit of Poland and Baltics delivering best-ever results in years 2019 and 2020.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola HBC, Jaak Mikkel spent 10 years at Shell, where he started as Retail Sales Manager in Estonia and then moved to different CEE and Nordic roles. He is a graduate of international business at the Concordia International University in Estonia. 

DEXTER FLETCHER

Who the F*** is Dexter  Fletcher?

BAFTA-nominee Dexter Fletcher is a British actor turned director from London. He began his career at the age of 6 and at the age of 9 stared as Baby Face in Alan Parker’s BUGSY MALONE.  Fletcher continued to work in the industry on screen for the next four decades, appearing on-screen alongside acting greats Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Robert de Niro, Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson to name but a few. Fletcher has worked with such distinguished visual directors as Derek Jarman, David Lynch, Ken Russell, Mike Leigh and Guy Ritchie, all who helped him hone his own craft as a director.

In 2011 Fletcher made his directorial debut with WILD BILL, which he co-wrote. The film earned him a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut and was a critical success; it currently holds a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Next, Fletcher directed the film adaptation of the Scottish stage musical SUNSHINE ON LEITH, based on the music of the Proclaimers. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was extremely well received by critics and audiences alike.

In 2016 Fletcher directed EDDIE THE EAGLE, based on the real life story of Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards. The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, starred Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. Later that year Fletcher was asked to take over directing duties on the Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. While uncredited, Fletcher took over the final weeks of production and post production for the Oscar nominated film which became a massive success, grossing over $900 million. The film earned five Academy Award nominations and was awarded four Oscars including Best Actor for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

Dexter Fletcher’s latest film ROCKETMAN, a rock musical based on the life and career of Elton John, reunited him with star Taron Egerton as John. The film had its world premiere at Cannes Film  Festival, received numerous nominations, amongst them BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Film as well as won Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music for Elton John and two Golden Globes for Taron Egerton and for Best Original song.

TOMAS BALČĖTIS

Tommy Balcetis is an assistant GM in Denver Nuggets. He has been with the team since 2013 when he joined as a VP for strategy and analytics. Before that Tommy worked for the NBA in London, Fidelity Business Consulting in Boston and is a graduate from Harvard university. He has invaluable experience and insight in using data analytics in basketball and has contributed greatly to the roster of Denver Nuggets – a team that reached conference finals in the NBA playoffs last year and is becoming a serious problem for the opponents in the league. 

PAULIUS JAKIMAVIČIUS

Flexibility Experiments: the Impact of Changes on Business and Competencies

Brilliant ideas and good practices are born in different parts of the world. More people get to know them, the world itself is changing too. Is business only concerned for its benefit, or perhaps it can teach some useful innovation that will even affect people’s unrelated to it, life, grow competencies, and develop new ways of working?

This in BIF will be discussed by Vitalija Jakovonienė and Paulius Jakimavičius. 

Paulius has over 15 years of experience in banking and payments industries. He currently works in Western Union where he leads global payments and banking back office teams focused on bank-to-bank payments and currency exchange across the entire globe. Prior to Western Union Paulius worked for a number of banking and financial institutions in their capital markets departments.

VILIUS LUKAUSKAS

Three things that will not be the same

Will we never see a bunch of our colleagues in the office again, and have online meetings changed business trips forever? How will we look after our employees in the future?

Vilius Lukauskas will share his insights and practical knowledge of working in Danske Bank. Vilius has been working in the global business services sector for a decade, and for the last two years, he has held the post of Chief of Staff of the largest global business service centre in Lithuania, with more than 4000 employees. Vilius’s current role is very diverse, dynamic, requiring listening and working closely with colleagues from Human Resources, Communications, Administration, Security, Risk Assessment, Finance, Real Estate and other departments. One of Vilius’s responsibilities involves bringing together professionals from different fields to plan business continuity and implement a response to a wide range of organizational risks and crises. Vilius Lukauskas will share his insights about various principles of work organization at the time of the COVID-19, what affects the pandemic has on organizations’ action, as well as what long-term changes it will bring by providing more flexibility to employees.

VITALIJA JAKOVONIENĖ

Flexibility Experiments: the Impact of Changes on Business and Competencies

Brilliant ideas and good practices are born in different parts of the world. More people get to know them, the world itself is changing too. Is business only concerned for its benefit, or perhaps it can teach some useful innovation that will even affect people’s unrelated to it, life, grow competencies, and develop new ways of working?

This in BIF will be discussed by Vitalija Jakovonienė and Paulius Jakimavičius. 

Vitalija is a seasoned executive leader with over 20 years of experience in People Strategy and Transformation. Over the last 9 year of Vitalija’s employment with Western Union, she has lead large scale global transformation projects and teams based out of Vilnius (Lithuania), Dubai (UAE) and Denver (US).

Vitalija is currently serving and an Interim Site Leader for Western Union’s largest office in Lithuania.

VIRGINIJUS SINKEVIČIUS

Virginijus Sinkevičius has been the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries since 2019. He was formerly the Minister of Economy of Lithuania (2017-2019). Before becoming the Minister of Economy, Sinkevičius led the Economic Committee of the Parliament of Lithuania. Sinkevičius was elected to Parliament in October 2016. Before that, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Prior to joining Invest Lithuania, Sinkevičius was Managing Editor at the US Office of The Lithuanian Tribune in Washington D.C. Sinkevičius holds a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and a Master’s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.

VILIUS LUKAUSKAS

Trys dalykai, kurie niekada nebebus tokie patys

Ar biuruose niekada nebeišvysime minios kolegų, o online susitikimai visiems laikams pakeitė verslo keliones? Kaip savo darbuotojais rūpinsimės ateityje?

Vilius Lukauskas pasidalins savo įžvalgomis bei praktine „Danske Bank“ patirtimi. Vilius dešimtmetį dirba globalių paslaugų centrų sektoriuje, o pastaruosius dvejus metus – didžiausio globalių paslaugų centro Lietuvoje, turinčio apie 4000 darbuotojų – administracijos vadovu (angl. Chief of Staff).

Darbas šiose pareigose labai įvairialypis, dinamiškas, reikalaujantis įsiklausymo ir glaudaus bendradarbiavimo su kolegomis iš žmogiškųjų, komunikacijos, administracijos, saugos, rizikos, ūkio, nekilnojamo turto ir kitų padalinių. Viena iš atsakomybių apima skirtingų sričių profesionalų subūrimą planuojant ir įgyvendinant atsaką į įvairiausias krizes bei rizikas, kylančias organizacijai, ir užtikrinant veiklos tęstinumą.

Vilius Lukauskas pasidalins savo įžvalgomis apie darbo organizavimo principus COVID-19 akivaizdoje, pandemijos įtaką organizacijų veiksmams ir ilgalaikiams pokyčiams bei darbuotojų lankstumui.