Board Members

The Board Members supports development of the program since the beginning of its launcheing, and each member of the Board is an active mentor and are an integral knowledge and contacts base, which is so necessary for new social Enterpreneuer.

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Diana Lapkis

Diana is an expert in project management and marketing. She has more than seven years of experience in international expansion. Her background in the international banking industry comes from working in this field both in Latvia and Switzerland. She also worked in for large communication companies in Israel – Bezeq and Orange. Diana is the co-founder of an NGO LabākKopā (better together) that pairs up needy children from underprivileged backgrounds with university students who act as their tutors giving personal attention (often sorely lacking) to the children and serving as a role model. She worked and volunteered with different organisations in the field of informal education; was a camp counsellor with the Jewish Agency for Israel and volunteered at the Perach project that pairs up children from underprivileged backgrounds with university students who act as their tutors. For many years Diana was active at Elem working with youth in distress and providing extra-curricular educational help to the youth at risk; she was part of the inter-faith initiative Peace at Home. Diana holds a BA in communications and international relations from the Bar-Ilan University, Israel as well as an MBA from Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration.

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Maria Povilaite

Owner of PORTA GROUP (creative agency), Founder of PORTA FILMS (non-profit film studio), Business manager of Valdemāra Pasāža (real estate). Maria Povilaite is a business developer with the professional experience in managing a company through a crisis to improvement and setting up new businesses. A business manager that knows how to build a creative team of professionals and lead them to reach objectives, while enjoying the work process, Maria filled leadership positions in creative, real estate, wholesale, publishing and other industries. She has also produced several artistic projects in fields of academic music, film and education.

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Olga Kotova

Olga holds a MSc in Economics. Her successful Business Development experience of over 20 years stretches across a value chain from Manufacturing, to FMCG, Wholesale and Retail, leading multinational projects in Europe and Scandinavia. Currently Olga is an owner and CEO of Baltic Commercial Aviation Training company that specializes in professional pilot training and aviation consulting for clients in EU and Asian countries. Olga is also highly valued as a motivational speaker at multinational corporate events and conferences, where she shares her business leader insights through a prism of personal extreme expeditions and mountain climbing.