Research team

  • Dr. Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

    Elected to parliament in the 2011 and 2014 elections. He left parliament in 2015 to found Certus. Formerly chairman of the Economics Committee at the Latvian parliament and head of the Reform Party’s parliamentary group. Served as Minister for Education and Science and Minister for Economics. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Senior Researcher at the Baltic International centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS). He gained his PhD at Clark University, Boston.

  • Dr. Daunis Auers

    Certus Director of Research. Associate Professor at the University of Latvia and Senior Researcher at the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute (ASPRI). Dr Auers gained his degrees at the London School of Economics (MSc) and University College London (PhD). In 2005-2006, he was a Fulbright Programme Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2014, a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation’s (BAFF) Scholar at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 2015, his book ‘Comparative Politics and Government of the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st Century’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in London and New York.

  • Dr. Sergejs Gubins

    Dr Sergejs Gubins holds a PhD in Economics from the VU University in Amsterdam. Prior to joining the Certus team, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Bocconi University, Milan. He has had a number of research papers published in renowned transport economic journals in relation to road prices, use of city land, and information technologies in the transport sector. Dr Gubins has received a number of awards for outstanding research and scholarships including the Huygens scholarship from the Dutch Government.

  • Dr. Aleksejs Nipers

    Senior Researcher at the Institute of Economics and Regional Development of Latvia University of Agriculture. He was previously a researcher at the Latvian State Institute of Agrarian Economics and the Economics and Business Institute of the Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration. His research interests focus on the assessment of the political impact at the micro and macro level, especially in the sector of bio-economics.

  • Andrejs Jakobsons

    Adjunct Professor of Economics at Riga Business School. He studied economics at the University of Latvia and Indiana University ,USA and has worked as an economist for the World Bank specializing in cooperation with the Baltic and Eastern European states. In addition to his academic work, he is a consultant on labour market and fiscal policy.

  • Dr. Andris Miglavs

    Senior Researcher at the Latvian State Institute of Agrarian Economics.

  • Dr. Jānis Ozoliņš

    Chairman of the Board of SIA ‘Uzņēmumu vadības ekspertu birojs’, he studied at the Latvian Agricultural University and the University of Missouri Columbia, USA. He provides management consultancy services to companies who work mainly in the food , woodworking, mechanical engineering, chemical and service industry and participates in research projects focusing on the impact of EU Funds on development opportunities in the processing industry.

  • Dr. Irina Solovjova

    An Associate Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Economics and Management of the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia. Her research includes the issue of assessing the systemic stability of commercial banks, the impact of macro-economic environment on the system stability of commercial banks, and the risks to enterprises and banks. Dr Solovjova has fifteen years experience of teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Management and is the author of two books and more than thirty articles.

  • Dr. Kārlis Krēsliņš

    Academic Pro-rector at Ventspils University College, also Senior Researcher and Executive Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Innovation and Regional Development. Dr Krēsliņš holds a Msc and a PhD in Information Studies from Loughborough University, UK. His research has focused on regional development, smart technology and innovation. Currently, Dr Krēsliņš is participating in a national research programme on rural development and the development of regional economics.

  • Dr. Ramona Rupeika-Apoga

    Professor at the faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia. Head of the Finance Department and an Expert of Economics and Management Science at the Latvian Council of Science (LCS). Dr Rupeika-Apoga is the author of more than fifty international scientific publications in the finance field. She has lectured at universities in Germany, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Russia, Turkey and Norway.

  • Sanita Meijere

    Lecturer at Riga Business School and a doctoral student at Riga Technical University. As part of her doctoral studies she has researched innovative information technology developments worldwide and the adaptation of best practices in Latvia. Ms Meijere teaches International Business and Computer Lab at the Riga Business School where she obtained a master’s degree from the Executive MBA programme. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Latvia. Since 2003, Ms Meijere has worked closely with the IT industry, she has worked for Microsoft Latvia and managed a branch of DPA, in Georgia, for four years.

  • Viljams Šaubs (William Schaub)

    Lecturer at Riga Business School. He teaches organisation behaviour models to bachelor’s students and leadership and risk management to master’s students. He has been a top level manager for companies in the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has experience in company management, sales and risk management, as well as capital market development. Mr Schaub has worked for companies such as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, General Electric and Deutsche Bank. In Latvia, he was the CEO of the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund, Chairman of the Council of GE Money Bank Latvia, Vice-President of the American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board and Financier of the International School of Latvia (ISL). He holds a BSBA from Fairfield University ,USA, and a MBA from the University of North Florida, USA. In 2014, Mr Schaub was a co-author of the ‘Study on the Present Competitive Performance an Future Prospects of the Banking Industry in Latvia’.

  • Uldis Spuriņš

    Senior Researcher at Excolo, Latvia. He studied at Fordham University, Syddansk University in Demark and at the University of Latvia. He has taught economics at the City University of New York and Fordham University. In Latvia, he has participated in developing the Sustainable Development Plan of Latvia and also written economic studies studies for different companies, public and non-governmental organisations. His research interests include the development of the economy, networking theory, social capital and experimental economy.

  • Kristīne Rozīte

    Latvijas Universitātes, Biznesa, vadības un ekonomikas fakultātes lektore, Ekonomikas un vadības zinātniskā institūta pētniece, LU doktorante Vadībzinātnes doktora studiju uzņēmējdarbības vadības apakšnozarē. Pētnieciskās intereses ir saistītas ar informācijas tehnoloģiju lietišķo pētījumu pielietojumu iespējām uzņēmējdarbības vadībā, informācijas tehnoloģiju ietekmes vērtējumu uzņēmumu konkurētspējai. Vairāku starptautisku zinātnisku pētījumu projektu dalībniece. Ir 15 gadu pedagoģiskā pieredze, izstrādājot un docējot studiju kursus, kas saistīti ar informācijas tehnoloģiju lietojumu uzņēmējdarbībā.

  • Ilze Medne

    Latvijas Universitātes Biznesa, vadības un ekonomikas fakultātes docente, Ekonomikas un vadības zinātniskā institūta vadošā pētniece. Studējusi Latvijas Universitātē un St.Gallenas Universitātē Šveicē. Ekonomikas zinātņu doktora grādu tirgzinībās ieguvusi Latvijas Universitātē - doktora darbā pētījusi klientu apmierinātību Latvijas tūrisma tirgū. Liela pieredze tūrisma lietišķo pētījumu jomā – pētīta ārzemju tūristu patērētājuzvedība un apmierinātība Rīgā, Jūrmalā un Latvijā, kruīzu tūristu patērētājuzvedība Rīgā, kā arī Latvijas atpazīstamība un tūrisma zīmola uztvere mērķa tirgos. Daudzu zinātnisku publikāciju autore un līdzautore.

  • Aija van der Steina

    Latvijas Universitātes vadošā pētniece Aija van der Steina ir ieguvusi doktora zinātnisko grādu ekonomikas zinātnes tirgvedības apakšnozarē. Pētnieces galvenie pētījumu virzieni ir: konkurētspēja tūrismā, tūrisma vietu mārketinga pārvaldība un mārketinga efektivitāte, migrācijas ietekme uz tūristu plūsmām un tūristu patērētājuzvedību, makro līmeņa mārketings. Aija van der Steina savu akadēmisko darbību īsteno sadarbojoties gan ar Latvijas tūrisma nozares dažādu sektoru uzņēmumiem un to intereses pārstāvošām organizācijām, gan reģionālām un valsts iestādēm. 2011.gadā pētniece par pētījumu īstenošanu tūrismā saņēma LR Ekonomikas ministrijas Atzinības rakstu. Aija van der Steina piedalījusies vairāk kā 15 vietējos un starptautiskos zinātniskos un rūpnieciskos pētniecības projektos. Pētniece ir īstenojusi pētījumus sadarbībā ar pētniecības institūcijām Baltijā, Vācijā, Turcijā, Nīderlandē, Austrālijā. Patlaban Fulbraita programmas ietvaros tiek veikts pētījums Arizonas Valsts universitātē (ASV).