Inese Podgaiska is the Secretary General of the Association of Nordic Engineers, a position she has held since 2016. Prior to that, Podgaiska held leadership positions at The European Environment Agency (EEA) from 2010 to 2016, after serving as Head of Energy Policy at Baltic Development Forum from 2008 to 2010. She also served as a Latvian diplomat at the Permenant Representation of Latvia to the EU from 2001 to 2007. Over her career, Podgaiska has mobilized partners from countries, international organizations and business community in the cross-border cooperation as well as raising awareness of the activities in countries of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and Caucasus regions. She holds an MA in Diplomacy from Paris XI University.