The Rail Baltica Global Forum brings together executives and decision makers with rail, logistics and economics experts as well as potential suppliers from across Europe in a two-day event. With nearly a thousand anticipated participants, the Global Forum is the place to be for those who are instrumental in building faster, safer and greener European transport network.

In 2019 the Forum will take place in Vilnius (Lithuania) from 3-4 April. Get ready for a showcase of the Rail Baltica potential for economies, people, and enterprises of the Baltic States, Finland and Poland as well as broader Europe. Together we will address important questions such as the financing of the EU flagship infrastructure projects and future management model of the Rail Baltica infrastructure. 

This year, we are adding a new dimension to the Forum by inviting municipalities, regional planners, architects and landscape designers to contribute with their ideas on how to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Rail Baltica in urban and regional development.


REGISTRATION WILL START IN FEBRUARY

Speakers

Catherine Trautmann Catherine Trautmann The European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor

Catherine Trautmann has been acting as the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor since 29 October 2014. Born in Strasbourg, France, she became active in local and national politics in the early 1980s. She was elected Mayor of Strasbourg in 1989-1997 and subsequently became Minister for Culture and Communications in 1997-2000. She served as Member of the European Parliament in the years 1989-1997 and again in 2004-2014 as President of the French Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament.

Herald Ruijters Herald Ruijters Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission

Since 1 February 2017, Herald Ruijters is the Director responsible for Directorate B - Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport in DG Mobility and Transport, while at the same time continuing as Head of Unit responsible for the Trans European Network (TEN-T). He assumed the role of Head of Unit in 2009 and has been directly involved in developing the TEN-T Guidelines.

He was previously working in the same DG from 2005 to 2009, in order to promote the implementation of TEN-T projects in cooperation with the European Coordinators, and for the development of road safety policy, from 1997 to 2005. Before coming to the Commission he held various positions in The Netherlands related to transport.

Herald Ruijters holds degrees from Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities in both French literature and European Studies, and was post-graduated at the Centre Européen Universitaire in Nancy, in European Law, and in Business Studies at the University in Leuven.

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Catherine Trautmann

The European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor

Catherine Trautmann has been acting as the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor since 29 October 2014. Born in Strasbourg, France, she became active in local and national politics in the early 1980s. She was elected Mayor of Strasbourg in 1989-1997 and subsequently became Minister for Culture and Communications in 1997-2000. She served as Member of the European Parliament in the years 1989-1997 and again in 2004-2014 as President of the French Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament.

Ignas Degutis Ignas Degutis Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail

Ignas Degutis joined the Rail Baltica project as CFO and Member of the Management Board of RB Rail AS over a year ago in June 2017. He is project management professional with a vast experience in financial economics, including feasibility studies, financing models and contract negotiations for projects of national strategic importance. Prior to starting his career at the Rail Baltica joint venture, Degutis ensured financing for waste-to-energy CHP, biomass CHP plants in Vilnius and Kaunas working as CFO for JSC “Vilniaus kogeneracinė jėgainė” and project manager of the “Lietuvos energija” group, the largest energy company in Lithuania. Ignas Degutis also led the economics division at “Klaipedos Nafta AB” ensuring implementation of LNG Terminal development from financial, regulation and legal perspective. He worked with transaction and risk advisory services at “Ernst & Young” in Vilnius and temporarily in Riga. Mr. Degutis has finished Professional Board Member Education program run by Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance and holds a master’s degree in financial economics from ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Kaspars Rokens Kaspars Rokens COO and Member of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Kaspars Rokens is an experienced manager in power distribution and generation, retail, building automation and industrial applications’ business. Since 1994 he has served in multinational technical trading companies as sales teams’ and organizations’ manager.

For the last 5 years, he has been Country Manager for Latvia and President and CEO for the Baltic Countries at Schneider Electric. The main customers have been contracting companies, which have taken part in construction of the National Library of Latvia, “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepaja, IX Corridor electrification of railways in Lithuania, Estonian National Museum in Tartu and many more. As of December 2015, Kaspars Rokens is also a board member at the Latvian Association of Power Engineers and Energy Constructors, LEEA.

On April 24, 2017, Rokens was appointed to the Management Board of RB Rail AS and assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer of the joint venture. He holds a master’s degree in thermal engineering from Riga Technical University and an executive MBA degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga).

Jean-Marc Bedmar Jean-Marc Bedmar Head of Systems and Operation Department, RB Rail AS

Jean-Marc Bedmar has been involved with the Rail Baltica project for more than 9 years, initially as a consultant for one major international transport engineering company, for which he performed feasibility and implementation studies for Rail Baltica project, as well as for conventional railways in the Baltics. He was also working for numerous railway, metro and tramway projects in different countries. As of May 2017, Jean-Marc Bedmar is Senior Engineer in RB Rail Technical Team, responsible for railway Systems and Operation of the Rail Baltica Global Project, and acted as Chief Technical Officer until March 2018. Jean-Marc holds an Electrical and Telecommunications Engineer’s diploma of Advanced National School of Electronics and its Applications (ENSEA) of Cergy-Pontoise (France), and an Advanced Master Degree in Environmental Public Relations, of Cergy-Pontoise University. He is a railway transport systems engineer with a keen interest in railway operation, passengers and freight intermodal transport development and innovation in sustainable transport systems.

Kaido Zimmermann Kaido Zimmermann Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS

Kaido Zimmermann is responsible for RB Rail’s planning and implementation activities of the Rail Baltica Global Project. Previously he has gained experience in railway and legal consultation services, leading the consultancy company Zimmermann IB. Kaido Zimmermann has also served as Railway Logistics Director in Port of Sillamäe in Estonia, was Chief Engineer of Latvian Railways and Chairman of the Board-Managing Director of Estonian Railways. He was also Lecturer of Railway Construction in Tallinn University of Technology.

Kaido Zimmerman holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology.

Raitis Bušmanis Raitis Bušmanis BIM Manager, RB Rail AS

Raitis Bušmanis has been working with BIM systems and software for more than 5 years. Started his involvement with BIM systems in an innovative private company in Latvia as an engineer and was a part of the team responsible for developing the internal BIM standards and quality criteria. From August 2014 continued his career in Finland joining Trimble Solutions Oy (previously Tekla Oy) as Software Specialist supporting clients globally and working tightly with the developers and other stakeholders. Later, as Project Manager, was responsible for testing the latest BIM software’s improvements and developments with end-users. Raitis has a Professional Master Degree in Transportation Engineering from Riga Technical University and started his career in this industry as a bridge designer. Joined the RB Rail AS team in January 2018 and is working towards implementing BIM system and standards for the Rail Baltica Global Project.

The Forum is organised by RB Rail AS, a joint venture of three Baltic States, and supported by the project’s national implementing bodies in the three countries – Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, and UAB Rail Baltica Statyba. All cooperation partners are responsible for the implementation of Rail Baltica – the largest railroad infrastructure project - to be constructed - in the Baltic countries in the last 100 years. Rail Baltica will form a new economic corridor, which will closely connect the North East of the Europe with the rest of the European Union.

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