Business, science, and society leaders from the Baltic States, as well as globally renown experts will meet in Lithuania for the third time to discuss global and regional challenges. On 1 st June 2017 one of the key business conferences in the Baltics – Baltic Investors’ Forum or BIF 2017 – will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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This year’s conference will focus on latest geopolitical tsunamis – especially those occurred during the last year – and its imperatives to local and global economies. Could it be possible that we were looking for reasons, answers and solutions in the wrong place altogether? BIF 2017 invites to discuss it with prominent experts and take a broader look to the future than ever before. Together we will search for new formula for the education system. The participants will share local business success stories on the global market and lessons on attracting FDI in the current, shifting and highly competitive market. BIF 2017 offers ideas and perspectives from highly renowned speakers such as geopolitics expert George Friedman, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, Former CEO of Mazeikiu Nafta Jim Scheel and more than 30 prominent speakers.


The biannual event bringing together more than 300 stakeholders provided a unique platform for leaders from the government, political parties, business, academia and civil society to discuss these issues as well as explore cooperation possibilities and growth initiatives in the Baltic area. Over 100 Honorary Consuls of Lithuania and Attache will come to the conference and will bring together foreign business delegations to meet with the participants. Today, global economy context has created new opportunities as well as new challenges for growing exports, attracting foreign direct investment through the means of country competitiveness, thus increasing internationalism of the global economy. However emerging geopolitical challenges provide a new perspective and a need to rethink the road ahead. To be relevant, the event is taking the SMART approach to be specific in cases, meaningful in proposed opportunities, aspiration, realistic and time-related to ongoing global processes.


Networking is particularly important part of the Forum. We all have an opportunity to surround ourselves with active and creative people and cloud up our social network streams with extraordinary individuals. For the third time in succession, a special networking and matchmaking arrangement – B2B meetings – will be at the disposal of companies and enterprises in order to establish new business relationships and foster higher volume of trade and investment. Companies and business organizations will be able to book meetings with each other and consult with experts who are competent in cross-border business relationships.

Tickets are currently available for 500€! Join us in Vilnius on June 1-st!

  • Skvernelis



    Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania. Previously served as Lithuanian Minister of the Internal Affairs from 2014 to 2016, and as Lithuanian Police Commissioner General from 2011 to 2014.

  • Friedman

    Dr. George


    Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication dedicated to explaining and forecasting the course of global events, Dr. Friedman is recognized around the world as the leading geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Next 100 Years” and “The Next Decade”, and has been featured in many publications including Time magazine, the cover of Barron's, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and The New York Times.

  • Linkevičius



    Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Previously served as Minister of National Defense from 1993 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2004. He was the Lithuanian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2005 until 2011.

  • Onidi



    Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission, in charge of Security since 1st December 2016. Previously Olivier Onidi was Deputy Director General of Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, with the specific task to coordinate the Commission-wide work related to the Central Mediterranean Route in the context of the refugee crisis.

  • Pranckevičius



    Previously worked as domestic policy adviser to Lithuania’s President Valdas Adamkus and as diplomatic adviser to the Presidents of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and Martin Schulz. Currently Arnoldas is the Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania.

  • Smith



    Vice President, Tax and Treasury, and Treasurer, for Thermo Fisher Scientific since 2004. He is responsible for the company’s global tax and treasury operations and pension investments. Mr. Smith has 20 years of experience in tax and treasury. Before joining Thermo Fisher, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. and U.K., and prior to that served as a partner at Pannell Kerr Forster in the U.K.

  • Scheel



    Senior Vice President of Northeast G&P. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development and as Vice President of Business Development for Williams’ midstream business. Since joining Williams in 1988, Scheel has served in leadership roles that include operations, engineering and operational excellence; the company’s natural gas liquids business; business and strategic development with more than $6 billion in transactions and business integrations.

  • Petrauskienė



    Minister of Education and Science of Lithuania. Previously served as head of Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre.

  • Kaunaitė



    Adviser to the Prime Minister for Education, Science and Culture, also a writer and an author of three novels for teenagers and adults. She holds MA Psychology and Social Anthropology degree from University of St Andrews and Master of Philosophy Degree in Education from University of Cambridge.

  • Hahn



    Professor of Business Administration and Chief Strategy Officer at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea. Previously K. Hahn was Chief Global Operating Officer at EB Corporation and Executive Director of GS Engineering & Construction, Director at LG Corporation.

  • Pahkin



    Counsellor of Education at the Finnish National Board of Education since 1999. His main area is the development of mathematics and science education in pre-school, basic and upper secondary general education. Leo Pahkin is also a project manager in a project for gifted and talent children in Finland. Author of numerous articles and papers on school issues such mathematics education, learning environment, gifted and talented children and curriculum development process.

  • Mačiulis



    Chief Economist at Swedbank. Nerijus has a PhD from ISM University of Management and Economics and has been teaching at ISM since 2005. Nerijus taught courses in economics and finance at universities of Switzerland, Mexico, France and Austria.

  • Dargužaitė



    Chancellor of Lithuanian Government. Her priorities consist of the reform of the public sector, increased transparency of Government activities, and efficiency of Government owned enterprises. Until 2016 Milda was a board member at „Northern Horizon Capital“, before that she was a head of „Barclays“ technology center in Vilnius and a director of Invest Lithuania.

  • Sinkevičius



    Minister of Economy of Lithuania. Previously served as the Mayor of the Jonava District Municipality. Mindaugas Sinkevičius hold a PhD from ISM University of Management and Economics and holds the position of Vice-Chairman of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party

  • Mauricas



    Chief Economist and Head of Research at Nordea Bank in the Baltic States. Žygimantas has a Masters from HEC Lausanne and BMI institute. Currently is doing his PhD and teaches financial risk and asset valuation at ISM University of Management and Economics.

  • Šapoka



    Minister of Finance of Lithuania. Previously – head of financial services and market supervision department at the Bank of Lithuania, member of Stock exchange commission. Vilius Šapoka holds Masters degrees from Vilnius University and BMI.

  • Katkus



    Co-founder of public relations agency „FABULA Hill+Knowlton Strategies” and one of the most experienced PR professionals in the Baltic States. Crisis management, corporate affairs and strategy consultant and author of numerous publications on communication and communication strategy. In 2003 Mykolas was a head of a communication team for Lithuanian EU membership referendum.

  • Valiūnas



    Co-founder and Managing Partner of Ellex Valiunas, one of the first business law firms in the Baltic region. He has an extensive experience of over 25 years in consulting leading companies of international and local markets on complex corporate issues, M&A and capital market transactions.

  • Kirkilas



    During more than 25 years of political career Mr. Kirkilas has gained the substantial experience in the fields of defense policy, foreign affairs and European integration as well as various national policy issues. Minister of Defense of Lithuania in 2004. In 2006–2008 - Prime Minister of Lithuania. Since 2012 - Deputy Speaker of the Seimas, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs. Since 2016 - member of the Committee on Culture and Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs.

  • Kubilius



    Lithuanian politician, member of the Seimas from 1992, who served as Prime Minister of Lithuania from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Andrius Kubilius is a former leader of the conservative political party Homeland Union (Lithuanian Christian Democrats).

  • Burgienė



    Partner at Ellex Valiunas, Head of the Corporate and M&A practice group. More than 19 years of experience in advising on M&A deals, startups, reorganization, general corporate advice, corporate governance, restructuring, insolvency, liquidation.


Welcome Coffee


Welcome Address

  • Mr. Rolandas Valiūnas, Chairman of Investors' Forum

Keynote Speech

  • Dr. George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Panel Discussion: Europe – Bracing for Geopolitical Tsunami?

  • Dr. George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures
  • Mr. Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
  • Mr. Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director-General for Security - DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
  • Moderator: Mr. Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of European Commission Office in Lithuania



Open Talk: What Williams Could Have Done Differently in Lithuania? Lessons for Both the Government and Future Investors

  • Mr. Jim Scheel, former CEO of Mažeikių nafta
  • Mr. Andrius Kubilius, Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats
  • Mr. Gediminas Kirkilas, Lithuanian Social Democratic Party
  • Moderator: Mr. Mykolas Katkus, Fabula

Panel Discussion: Resurrection of Education

  • Mr. Leo Pahkin, Counsellor of Education at the Finnish National Board of Education
  • Prof. Kyongho Hahn, Dongseo University, South Korea
  • Ms. Jurgita Petrauskienė, Minister of Education of Lithuania
  • Ms. Unė Kaunaitė, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Lithuania
  • Moderator: Mr. Nerijus Mačiulis, Chief Economist at Swedbank

Coffee Break with Audi


Address by Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis


Panel Discussion: Foreign Direct Investment Strategies With an Edge

  • Mr. Tony Smith, Vice President  Tax and Treasury, and Treasurer, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Mr. Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister of Economy of Lithuania
  • Mr. Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of Lithuania
  • Ms. Milda Dargužaitė, Chancellor of the Government of Lithuania
  • Mr. Žygimantas Mauricas, Chief Economist and Head of Research at Nordea Bank in the Baltic States
  • Moderator: Ms. Dovilė Burgienė, Partner at Ellex Valiunas

Business Reputation Index Awards

  • Ms. Rūta Skyrienė, Executive Director, Investors' Forum
  • Mr. Mykolas Katkus, Board Member, Investors' Forum

Impressions from previous conferences

  • BIF – the best way to start a meaningful and eventful summer.

    Nerijus Mačiulis

    Nerijus Mačiulis

    Chief Economist at Swedbank
  • Baltic Investors Forum attracts many creative, influential and active people from different industries. It is a platform to share innovative ideas, discuss challenges that we face in the Baltic region as well as discover new cooperation opportunities.

    Dr. Dalius Misiunas

    Dr. Dalius Misiunas

    CEO Lietuvos Energija
  • BIF is not just a typical business conference. It is a forum for debates on economic strategy of the future, a truly international event with discussions about long term challenges.

    Dovilė Burgienė

    Dovilė Burgienė

    Ellex Valiunas partner

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Vilnius Grand Resort
Vilnius Grand Resort, Ežeraičių str. 2, Ežeraičiai vil., Avižieniai sub.,
14200 Vilnius distr. Lithuania



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