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21st Annual BMDA Conference "Diversity in Management"

The venue place: RTU Science and Innovation Center (SIC), 6 Kipsalas Str., Riga, Latvia. 



Day 1 "Diversity Confronters Day"(SIC, the Moon room)

09:00 - 10:00 Registration, morning coffee 

10:00 - 10:15 Opening, Diversity movie

10:15- 10:30 Welcome speeches 


Inese Suija-Markova, Vice-Mayor of Cesis Municipality (Latvia)

Jean-Pierre Segers, RTU FEEM and Hasselt University Visiting Professor (Belgium)

Modris Ozoliņš, RTU FEEM Director of MBA Program Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Latvia)


10:30 – 12:30 Diversity Confronters Part I (the Moon)

10:30 - 11:10 Diversity in Business Management 

  • Enno Ence, Milzu! Ltd. The Chairman of the Council (Latvia)
  • Valdis Portnajs, Manager at Shopping and Entertainment Center Akropole Riga (Latvia)

11:10 - 11:50 Diversity in Education Management 

  • Yaryma Boychuk, Director of UCU Business School (Ukraine)
  • Artūrs Zeps, RTU Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Finance (Latvia)

11:50 - 12:30 Diversity in Culture Management 

  • Liene Bondare, Alpine Skier, Participant of XXIV Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, 2022 (Latvia)
  • Edvards Grieze, Deputy Director for Creative Work of "Ventspils Music Secondary School” (Latvia)

12:30 - 12:40 Wrapping up by moderators, answers to audience questions

12:40 – 14:00 Lunch (RTU canteen)

14:00 – 16:30 Diversity Confronters Part II

14:00 - 14:40 Diversity in People Management 

  • Hendrik Sebastiaan (Drikus) Kriek, Dean of IEDC – Bled School of Management (Slovenia) 
  • Andrea Čajkova, UCM Vice-Rector for International Relations (Slovakia)

14:40 - 15:20 Diversity in Public Sector Management

  • Jānis Rozenbergs, Mayor of Cesis Municipality (Latvia) 
  • Ieva Jaunzeme, Director General of State Revenue Service (Latvia)

15:20 - 16:00 Diversity in Research Management

  • Dagnija Loča, RTU Senior Researcher (Latvia)
  • Kęstutis Duoba, Vice-Dean for Research at KTU School of Economics and Business (Lithuania)

16:00 - 16:15 Wrapping up by moderators, answers to audience questions

16:15 – 16:45 Virginijus Kundrotas, Dean of Adizes Graduate School, Honorary President of BMDA (USA/Lithuania)
"How to manage diversity in a Symbergistic way. What does it mean? 

16:45 Closing of the Day 1

19:00 - 21:30  Gala meeting, BMDA awards (the Moon)

Diversity dinner with different dishes representing each represented country. Diversity toasting. 



09:00 - 9:30 Morning coffee (the Moon Hall)

9:30 - 10:00 Short intro presentations on accreditation organizations

  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
  • Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA)
  • Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities (ACEEU)
  • Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN)

10:00 – 10:40 “Managing diversity toward greater inclusivity and excellence” Piet Naude, QS Director at EFMD (Portugal)    

10:40 – 11:00 How to manage diversity in a time of crisis?” Oleksii Vynogradov, Vice-President and Associate Professor at MIM-Kyiv Business School (Ukraine)     

11:00 - 13:00 Parallel workshops

 “Workshop for Deans” (organised by RTU) (the Moon)

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of ACEEU (Germany)
Project DECODE – European Deans Council for Sustainable Development or How to implement sustainability in HEI?

 “Workshop for program directors” (organised by KTU) (SIC Lecture room)

Marge Täks, Head of Impactful Entrepreneurship BA programme at EBS, Senior Lecturer (Estonia)

 13:00 - 13:30 BMDA president's reflection and next Conference place and date

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch (RTU campus canteen)                      

14:30 - 16:00 Walking tour to RTU Labs, Design factory, etc.


N.B., NO COFFEE BREAKS! Coffee will be served all the time in the hall.