Inese Podgaiska

Secretary General, Association of Nordic Engineers (ANE)

Former Latvian diplomat with 17 years’ experience in stakeholder management, negotiation, advocacy and communication. Main areas of expertise are mobilising partners from countries, international organisations and business community in the cross-border cooperation, as well as promoting stakeholders’ interests in different topics, such as education, including STEM, research, space, environment and energy.

Current employment: Secretary General, Association of Nordic Engineers.

The Association of Nordic Engineers, ANE promotes the interests of Nordic engineers in international affairs through cross-organisational cooperation. ANE Influences relevant policy and decision-making processes at global, EU, regional and national levels. It also promotes the role and the profession of engineers in the transition to a sustainable society.

ANE is a binding cooperation between the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (Sveriges Ingenjörer), the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), the Norwegian Society of Engineers and Technologists (NITO), and the Icelandic Association of Chartered Engineers (VFÍ). The negotiation with Finish organization is ongoing. Together, ANE represents more than 340,000 engineers in the Nordic Region.

Former jobs: the European Environment Agency, Baltic Development Forum, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to the EU, Parliament of the Republic of Latvia.

Education: Master’s degree in diplomacy from Paris XI University. Speaks five languages: Latvian, Russian English, French and Danish.