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There is nothing permanent except change. Things we took for granted, seemingly unchallenged values, such as free international trade, no longer look so self-evident. Even more questions will be raised after another wave of elections, with everyone trying to predict its outcome and impact on political and economic processes in the Baltics, Europe, and globally.

Other upcoming changes may not be as obvious: aging being replaced by longevity, society 5.0 and its effect on societal transformation. Technologies that permeate more and more spheres of our activities. Influence of technologies on financial sector and its future trends. Finally, a question that arises while observing these changes: do the rules change as well? Should we reject it or re-write it?

These issues are but a part of agenda at Baltic Investors Forum 2019, one of the key conferences in the region. Join us and world-renowned speakers, business, academy, political leaders and NGOs to discuss one of the most important questions: what ‘s next?


The biannual event bringing together more than 500 stakeholders provide a unique platform for leaders from the government, political parties, business, academia and civil society to discuss the most important issues as well as explore cooperation possibilities and growth initiatives in the Baltic area.

Over 50 honorary Consuls of Lithuania and Attache come to each conference and bring together foreign business delegations to meet with the participants.

To keep the focus, the discussions follow SMART approach. They are meaningful and aspiring, yet timely, realistic and proposing concrete actions.


Networking is a particularly important part of BIF, as it brings together leaders and experts from various sectors. The forum gives a great opportunity to meet active, talented and creative people, and make the most of it.

A special networking and matchmaking arrangement – B2B meetings – is at disposal of companies and enterprises to establish new business relationships and foster higher volume of trade and investment. Companies and business organizations can book meetings with each other and consult with experts who are competent in cross-border business relationships.


8:30 – 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome Address

Rolandas Valiūnas, Chairman of the Conference, Chairman of the Board of Investors‘ Forum
09:10 – 10:30

Will Technological Changes do to Financial Sector what Internet did to Media?

Tal Sharon, Managing Director at Equitech Financial Consulting and a FinTech Master

Dr. Nader Maleki, President of the International Bankers Forum

Monika Narbutaitė, Compliance Services Manager , Lewben Group

Vaidas Žagūnis, Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking, SEB Lithuania

Discussion Moderated by Mantas Zalatorius, President, Lithuanian Banking Association

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10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Who is Responsible for our Future? European Parliament Election and its Impact for the Future of European Union

Keynote: Kaja Kallas, Leader of the Reform Party, Estonia

Discussion: Kaja Kallas, Leader of the Reform Party, Estonia

Vygaudas Ušackas, Council Member, European Council on Foreign Relations

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

Discussion Moderated by James Savage, CEO, Co-Founder and Publisher of The Local

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12:00 – 13.00


13:00– 13:45

Where Should your Business Data be? In a Cloud or in your Basement?

Benjamin Faes, Managing Director Google Cloud Southern Europe & Emerging Markets

Mindaugas Maraulas, „Blue Bridge“ Head of Cloud Computing

Andrius Šemeškevičius, CTO and CIO AB Telia Lietuva

Edvinas Kerza, Vice-Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania


Discussion  Moderated by Paulius Vertelka,  Director at INFOBALT

13:45 – 15:15

Technology and Changes of Human Life: The Reality of Living Over 100 Years

Rowland Illing, Chief Medical & Digital Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for Affidea

David Sweanor, Chair of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa

Shiro Yamasaki, Ambassador of Japan to Lithuania

Laura Galdikienė, Economist at Lithuanian Central Bank

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety  

Discussion Moderated by Dr. Urtė Neniškytė, Neuroscientist

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15:15 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:45

Business Lessons from The Simpsons

Keynote: Joel Cohen, Co-writer and Producer of The Simpsons


Conversation Moderated by Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania

16:45 – 17:30

Investors’ Spotlight & Reputation Index Awards
Glass of wine

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

    President of ISM
  • BIF takes center stage in Vilnius where participants connect, network, and expand their investment horizons. The conference brings together top notch panelists and presenters along with an excellent audience. It’s relevant, insightful and engaging for investors - and beyond.

    Daiva Čekanauskas Navarrette

    Daiva Čekanauskas Navarrette

    Honorary Consul of Lithuania in California


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Vygaudas Ušackas

Between October 2017 and October 2018 ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas led Institute of Europe at Kaunas University of Technology  

Vygaudas Ušackas served as Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation from September 2013 to October 2017.

Previously, from 2010 till 2013, he was the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan.

After obtaining his Law Degree from Vilnius University and completing his post-graduate education in Political Sciences in Denmark and Norway in 1991, he joined the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as Counselor to the Lithuanian Mission to both the EU and NATO from 1992 to 1996; Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1999; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union from 1999 to 2001; Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States of America and United Mexican States from 2001 to 2006; Ambassador of Lithuania to the Court of St. James from 2006 – 2008; and was Lithuanian Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2010.




Nader Maleki

Born in Tehran in 1947, Dr. Nader Maleki studied Business Administration in Munich. After receiving his doctorate, he joined Deutsche Bank in Munich, and shortly thereafter moved to the bank’s Frankfurt headquarters. In 1987, Dr. Nader Maleki laid the foundation stone for his group of companies – with the approval of Deutsche Bank and his mentor Alfred Herrhausen he founded The Service for Banken GmbH, today’s MALEKI CORPORATE GROUP GmbH.

Launched in 2017, MALEKI Service for Finance GmbH aims to locate and advise financial institutions in Germany. The MALEKI Academy, also founded in 2017, aims to promote practice-oriented management training by closely interlinking research and teaching.




Edvinas Kerza

As Vice-Minister of National Defence, Mr. Edvinas Kerza took the position as of 21 February 2017. Before assuming the new assignment, he was in charge of managing key information systems projects at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. He also worked at the Perma- nent Representation of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Union.

Mr. E. Kerza holds a Master’s degree in Statistics and BSc Engineering Infor- matics degree from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

For his meritorious service, Mr. E. Kerza is awarded the Commemorative sign of the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

Mr. E. Kerza speaks English, French and Russian. 




Robertas Valiūnas

Attorney Rolandas Valiūnas is a 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.
Through participation in activities of the boards of most Lithuania-based associations and organisations, such as Investors’ Forum and Invest Lithuania, and as a member of the working groups formed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Rolandas actively contributes to attracting foreign investments and improving the legal framework and business environment of Lithuania.

Rolandas Valiūnas is also one of the most influential Lithuanian art collectors and sponsors. He has accumulated a collection of Lithuanian art that is very important to Lithuanian society and has established The Lithuanian Art Foundation. Mission of the Foundation is to collect and foster Lithuanian art treasures, to bring back to Lithuania its cultural and historical heritage scattered all over the world, and to make it accessible to specialists and the general public.

Vaidas Žagūnis

Bachelor and master of business administration at Kaunas University of Technology.

I participated in more than 50 various training programs starting from basics of negotiation and sales skills, finishing with leadership, team motivating, coaching, change management programs for experienced managers.

Experienced Banker with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Strong professional skilled in strategy, innovation, negotiation, business planning, analytical skills, banking, credit analysis, execution, successful leadership in big teams, people development and influencing. I am a fan of fast and lean processes and digital solutions.



Mindaugas Maraulas

Mindaugas Maraulas is Head of Cloud Computing at Blue Bridge. While still a student of economics at Vytautas Magnus University he joined the team of AIESEC Lietuva and in 2011 became the president of the Kaunas branch. Mindaugas began his career at Blue Bridge in 2013. His main areas of professional interest are global trends in cloud computing, containerization, and the management of organizational culture.

Benjamin Faes

Benjamin Is leading Google Cloud for most of EMEA, being in charge of helping Enterprise move their infrastructure and systems to the cloud.

Previously, he was managing Google's Global Partnerships team across Europe, helping partners make the most of Google's technology to thrive in a digital future. This group delivers fully integrated solutions, and advises publishers, broadcasters, app developers or telcos on their data, programmatic, mobile and video strategies.

Benjamin joined Google in 2008, and was in charge of launching YouTube and the Google Display Network across Europe. He also managed Doubleclick in Europe following Google's acquisition of the company and subsequently integrated Admob, Invite Media and Admeld.

Benjamin was previously CEO of AOL in France where he transformed the business model from an ISP into an online publisher and a premium ad network quickly becoming one of the market leaders.

Benjamin received his degree from the ESSEC Business School in Paris and currently lives in London. He sits on the board of Netbooster/Artefact, a data driven media agency present throughout Europe and investor and adviser to a series of start up (Elvie, Jampp, TVTY...).

Vytenis Andriukaitis

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis was appointed the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014.

 Vytenis Andriukaitis was born on 9 August 1951 in Kyusyur in Siberia, where his family was deported in 1941 from Lithuania. He returned to Lithuania in 1957 together with his mother and two brothers. His father was permitted to return one year later.

 Andriukaitis went on to graduate from medical school in 1975 and had been a practicing surgeon, gaining specialisation in cardiovascular surgery in 1989, for more than 20 years. He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University acquired in 1984.

 From 1969 onwards the Commissioner was active in the anti-Soviet movement, while his political career began already in 1976. In 1990 Andriukaitis was elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania which preceded Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament), and was a co-author and a signatory of the Independence Act of Lithuania on 11 March 1990. Vytenis Andriukaitis was also one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992, and one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party.

 Andriukaitis was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms. During that time he served as a Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, including during the accession to the EU in 2004; as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; as a Vice- and later President of Social Democratic Party; and as a Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. The Commissioner was also the Head of the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was a Minister for Health in the Lithuanian Government.

Arnoldas Pranckevičius

Arnoldas Pranckevičius is the Head of European Commission Representation in Lithuania.  Before joining the Commission in October 2016, he spent 11 years at the European Parliament, serving as diplomatic adviser to EP Presidents Martin Schulz and Jerzy Buzek, advising them on Russia, Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans and Asia, coordinating the work of Cox-Kwasniewski mission in Ukraine, working in the Committee for Foreign Affairs and with the Interparliamentary delegations. In 2004-2006 served as Lithuania's President Adamkus’ domestic policy adviser. Holds EU affairs MA from Sciences Po Paris and International relations BA from Colgate University, USA.

Laura Galdikienė

Laura Galdikienė is principal economist at Bank of Lithuania and is responsible for economic analysis and forecasting. She has previously held positions as an economist in the banking sector and has experence in business consulting. L. Galdikienė is passionatelly engaged in such topics as the impact of technological change on the labour market, shifting demographic trends, sustainable development and gender equality. She received her Master‘s degree in Economics from the the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands).



Mantas Zalatorius was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1972. He graduated from Vilnius University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2001 he obtained MBA degree from Copenhagen Business School and INSEAD (CALT).

Since 1994, Mr. Zalatorius worked at the Swedish Trade Council, as Investment Project Manager and from 1999 he served as the Executive Director of The Swedish Trade Council In Lithuania. Since 2008, Mantas Zalatorius was responsible for operations in the Baltic states.

In 2014 Mantas Zalatorius was appointed as Vice President and Head of Region for Central and Eastern Europe at the Swedish Trade and Invest Council with placement in Stockholm.

In September 2017 Mantas Zalatorius was appointed as President of Association of Lithuanian banks.

Mr. Zalatorius has extensive cross cultural leadership and strategic advisory experience. He has worked with largest Nordic firms, assisting them to enter and expand in the Baltics and Eastern Europe by establishing new or acquiring existing companies within ICT, energy, media, finance and defense industries.

Since January 2012, Mr. Zalatorius served as Independent Director of the Board of state owned enterprise VAE (currently Lietuvos Energija), one of the largest energy companies in the Baltic states. He also served on KB Components, Scandic Hotels and other companies’ Boards of Directors. He also worked pro bono on UNICEF Lithuania National Committee Board as well as on the Board of Ambersail yacht club.

Zalatorius speaks English, Swedish and Russian. His mother tongue is Lithuanian.

Mr. Zalatorius is awarded with Swedish Royal Order of Polar Star, Knight 1st Class (KNOR1K).



Before I was assigned to Lithuania, I served as a government official at the government in Tokyo. I was responsible for planning and managing four main policies.

In 1978 I joined the Ministry of Health and Welfare. My first assignment was related to pharmaceutical and life science industry. From 1987 to 1991, I was in JETRO (Japan trade Center) New York and worked for trade promotion between Japan and the USA in pharmaceutical and life science fields.

In the 1990's, after I came back to Japan, I was working to create a new care system (Long-term Care Insurance system) for elderly people for almost 10 years. It was put into practice in 2000.  Thanks to this system, about 5 million elderly people in Japan now are provided with integrated care of medical and social services. This system is highly valued in foreign countries as well.

In the 2000s, I was in charge of the management of economic policies throughout Japan. When Japan experienced economic crisis in 2008 and 2009, I was responsible for the measures to cope with those crisis: for example, Japan AirLines’ recovery. Moreover, in 2011 a major earthquake of M 9.1, a big tsunami and nuclear accidents occurred in Japan. At that time, I was serving as an Executive secretary to the Prime Minister. For two months, staying at the Prime Minister's Office with the Prime Minister, I was working to oversee the government’s activities.

After 2012, I was in charge of policies for strengthening the regional areas with declining population. Population decline is one of the most challenging issues in Japan. I wrote a book, the title of which is “Population decline and Social welfare” and it’s now in the 6th edition.

Monika Narbutaitė

Monika Narbutaitė is a specialist in anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) with experience and expertise from work at international financial institutions. Now part of the Lewben Group team, she provides comprehensive regulatory compliance services for financial institutions, obliged entities and other companies in Lithuania and the Baltic countries.

David Sweanor, JD

David is chair of the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa. He has worked on tobacco and health policy issues since the early 1980s and played a key role in setting a wide range of Canadian and global precedents.

His primary area of work has been the interaction of law and economics as a determinant of public health. Recently much of his time has been focused on appropriate policies for technologies that can significantly reduce risks and promote health.

In addition to his personal public policy work his family charitable fund has supported numerous initiatives on a wide range of other topics. He was the recipient of Ottawa’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award in 2016.

Kaja Kallas

Kaja Kallas is an Estonian politician. She is currently Chairwoman of the Estonian Reform Party. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament where her primary focus was on the Digital Single Market strategy, energy and consumer policies

Before moving to Brussels she was a Member of the Parliament of Estonia, where she chaired the Economic Affairs Committee. Before that she worked as an attorney-at-law, specialised in European and Estonian competition law.

In the European Parliament Kaja Kallas served on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She was a rapporteur for the jointly drafted strategic report "Towards a Digital Single Market Act" that calls for ambitious action to remove barriers in the digital world as well as to avoid hindering the technological revolution by overregulating the sector.

Urtė Neniškytė

Dr. Urte Neniskyte graduated from Vilnius University in 2008, receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry. In 2012, received the Doctorate Degree in Biochemistry from St John's College, Cambridge (United Kingdom). 2013-2016, Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Italy) under the post-doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme. In 2016, received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. Research Fellow at the Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre.

Dr. Urtė Neniškytė’s field of scientific interest and work is the interaction of neurons and immune cells in the brain. Dr. Urtė Neniškytė researched the cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease and was the co-author for the first articles on cell death. The researcher is currently involved in the research of molecular mechanisms of brain network pruning, during which immune brain cells remove unnecessary connections from the developing neuron network, creating the conditions for the formation of a structurally and functionally developed network.

Together with co-authors, Dr. Urtė Neniškytė published more than 10 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, gave lectures in international conferences in Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, the Kingdom of Netherlands, France, Germany, the USA and elsewhere.

Tal Sharon

Tal is a FinTech consultant specializing in analyzing the requirements of corporates and financial institutions in their FinTech transformation process. Tal has been leading hundreds of engagements between FinTech companies and global financial institutions, consulting regulators and government bodies in FinTech transformation and market education, and supporting the growth of FinTech companies. From his wide understanding of the FinTech industry, Tal is constantly orchestrating FinTech events, moderating panels in global FinTech Summits and delivering keynotes. In addition, Tal is a FinTech lecturer in several Academic institutions in Israel and abroad, and one of the curators for the first accredited FinTech course in Israel. Tal has B.A. & LL.B in Accounting and Law, and is a certified Advocate and CPA.

Dr Rowland Illing

Dr Rowland Illing is Chief Medical & Digital Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President for Affidea, the largest independent provider of medical imaging and outpatient services in Europe, with responsibility for the clinical governance framework and clinical business development for 245 clinical departments across 16 countries. He also leads the disruptive digital strategy for the group, focusing on telehealth and artificial intelligence.

James Savage

Editor, journalist, communications expert James Savage is a co-founder and publisher of The Local, the largest provider of news in English in nine European countries. Headquartered in Stockholm, digital news publisher The Local focuses on the high value expat market and reaches 6 million monthly users. James has a focus on populism, especially in the context of Sweden and Brexit.


Joel Cohen

Emmy-Winning Writer and Producer of The Simpsons. Joel H. Cohen—writer/producer for The Simpsons, winner of two Emmy Awards and three Writers Guild Awards, author of "How to Lose a Marathon". What does it take to stay creative and innovative for more than 30 years? Speaker Joel Cohen has won two Emmy awards for his contribution to The Simpsons – a TV show known for its satirical comedy and loyal fan base. Joel has delivered keynotes worldwide about creativity, innovation and teamwork, and his unique background gives him an entirely different and interesting perspective as he draws parallels between making comedy tv-shows and the challenges of the corporate world. It takes teamwork, dedication and innovation for such a long-running show to still be popular today.