The milestone international two-day event of the Rail Baltica project in 2018 on Rail Baltica economic potential, procurement regulation and organization, as well as facilitation of suppliers' networking. It will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail, logistics and economics professionals, influential politicians and institutions as well as potential suppliers for the project from across Europe.

A live video stream will be available on both Forum days to those who cannot attend the event!

“Last year all three Baltic countries confirmed their long-term commitment to the Rail Baltica project development, and now the project has entered its next phase – the Design Phase. Undoubtedly, the project has both national, regional as well as European value. Rail Baltica is expected to have a major impact on the economic development of the region and will change its urban and economic landscape for good. The Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018 will bring together the best ideas, practice and solutions for the development of the new railway infrastructure.”

Baiba Rubesa, CEO of RB Rail AS


Day 1April 10, 2018

Registration and Coffee / Networking
Opening Session
  • Opening speech  
H.E. Jüri Ratas
Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia  
  • Video keynote speech 
Ms. Violeta Bulc, 
European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport
  • Progress of Rail Baltica implementation 
Ms. Baiba Rubesa, 
CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS
Ministerial Panel Discussion 
“North Sea- Baltic TEN-T Corridor - its Role and Impact on the North Eastern European Transport Sector”

Ms. Kadri Simson,
Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Estonia
Mr. Uldis Augulis,
Minister of Transport, Latvia
Mr. Rokas Masiulis,
Minister of Transport and Communications, Lithuania
Mr. Andrzej Bittel, 
Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Poland

Moderated by Ms. Catherine Trautmann,
European Coordinator, the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor
Coffee Break
Working Session I 
“Post-2020 Financing of the EU Transport Projects, including Rail Baltica”
  • European Parliament’s Vision and Expectations from the MFF Post-2020. Prospect for Rail Baltica,
Mr. Petri Sarvamaa, 
Vice-Chair of Budget Committee, European Parliament
  • Usage of Cohesion Funds for Transport Projects Now and in Future
Mr. Normunds Popens, 
Deputy- Director General for Implementation, DG REGIO, EU Commission
  • CEF Transport Financing Instrument and its Impact on Rail Baltica
Mr. Herald Ruijters, 
Director for Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE, EU Commission

Q&A session
Working Session II 
“Rail Baltica and Finland”
  • Why Rail Baltica is Important to Finland?
Ms. Sabina Lindström, 
Director from Networks Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland    
  • The Results of Muuga Terminal Study  
Mr. Meelis Niinepuu, 
Partner, Civitta International and Civitta Estonia
  • Study Results of the FinEst link project – Impact on Rail Baltica
Mr. Kari Ruohonen, 
Project Director, FinEst Link Project
  • Polar Silk Road – New Freight Opportunities 
Dr. Baozhi Cheng, 
Senior Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), (China)
Q&A Session
Coffee Break
Panel Discussion
“Cross-border Transport Infrastructure Megaproject Implementation and Management. Lessons Learned for Rail Baltica”

Mr. Tristano Sainati, 
Research Fellow,School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
Dr. Gerhard Troche, 
Senior Advisor International ProjectsGYSEV Zrt., Hungary
Mr. Chris Docker, 
Director, Strategy & International Development, ATKINS (  UK)
Closing Remarks

Day 2April 11, 2018

Registration and Coffee / Networking
Panel Discussion 
"Rail Baltica - professional workforce needs" organised in cooperation with the Rail Baltica Business Network
  • Preface: Study on the business case of the Rail Baltic Project. The summary of main expectations of the business sector to Rail Baltica.
Mr. Ervinas Śkikunas, 
CIVITTA Lithuania  

Mr. Andres Trink,
Chairman of the Management Board, Merko Ehitus AS
Mr. Toomas Tamsar, 
Chairman of the Management Board, Estonian Employers` Confederation
Mr. Kaspars Rokens, 
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
Ms. Baiba Fromane, 
Head of the Partnership, Latvian Construction Entrepreneur

Moderated by Mr. Andreas Kaju,
Partner at Meta Advisory Group, Estonia
Coffee Break
Suppliers’ Meeting Point 
Opening Session
  • Welcoming remarks
Ms. Riia Sillave,
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica Project in 2017. Ambitions for 2018
Ms. Baiba A. Rubesa,
CEO, Chairperson of Management Board, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica Studies - Role in the Project Implementation
Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica Procurement in 2018
Mr. Kaspars Rokens,
COO and Member of Management Board, RB Rail AS
Mr. Kristjan Piirsalu,
Head of Procurement, RB Rail AS

Q&A session
Coffee Break
Working session I 
"Design phase of the Rail Baltica project"
  • Design phase of Rail Baltica 
Mr. Kaido Zimmerman,
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS
  • Rail Baltica Global Project Guidelines
Ms. Elodie Faivre,
Project Manager for Rail Baltica Design Guidelines preparation, SYSTRA S.A
  • Main Rail Baltica Design Tenders in 2018/2019 
Mr. Jean-Marc Bedmar,
Senior Engineer, RB Rail AS
Mr. Kaido Zimmerman,
Head of Planning and Design Department, RB Rail AS
  • Design Tenders of Local Facilities in Latvia in 2018
Mr. Agnis Driksna,
Director, Development and Communication Department at Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas SIA
  • Design Tenders of Local Facilities in Estonia in 2018
Ms. Riia Sillave,
Member of Board, Rail Baltic Estonia

Q&A session
Working Session II 
"Rail Baltica - Digitalisation and Innovation opportunities"
  • Why digitalisation and innovation should be on agenda of any new transportation infrastructure project? 
Mr. Carlo Borghini, 
Executive Director, Shift2Rail
  • Roadmap of Rail Baltica Digitalisation and Innovation
Mr. Kaspars Briškens, 
Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS
  • Adif digitalisation and Innovation experience 
Adif representative (Spain)
  • What are the driverless train opportunities for Rail Baltica?
Mr. Paulius Valiulis
Head of Innovation Laboratory, Lithuanian railways AB

Q&A session
Coffee Break
Working Session III 
"The role of the BIM in the construction of transport infrastructure"
  • Rail Baltica BIM Implementation Vision
Mr. Raitis Bušmanis, 
BIM Manager, RB Rail AS
  • RB Rail – a part of Digital Building Initiative in Estonia
Mr. Risto Vahenurm, 
Managing Director, Estonian Digital Construction alliance
  • BIM - The challenges and opportunities for Rail
Mr. Simon Wray, 
Infrastructure Lead, The BIMstitute, UK

Q&A session
16:15- 16:30
Closing remarks


Jüri Ratas Jüri Ratas Prime Minister, Republic of Estonia

Jüri Ratas is the head of the Government of the Republic of Estonia since 23 November 2016. He is the leader of the Estonian Centre Party.

In 2007-2016 he was member of 11th, 12th and 13th Estonian Parliament, where he held the position of the Vice-President of the Estonian Parliament. 

In 2005-2007 Jüri Ratas served as the Mayor of Tallinn.

Jüri Ratas has graduated from Tallinn University of Technology in the area of Business Management and also obtained his Master´s degree in Economic Sciences. He also holds a Bachelor´s degree in Law from the School of Law at the University of Tartu.

Violeta Bulc Violeta Bulc European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport

Violeta Bulc has been the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport from 2014 to present. Previously Violeta Bulc served as the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister Responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion, Government of Slovenia and before that from 2013 till 2014 she was Chief of the Program Committee of the SMC Party, Slovenia.

From 2000 till 2014 Violeta Bulc was the CEO of Vibacom Ltd, Sustainable Strategies and Innovation Ecosystems, while before that Vice-President, Telemach Ltd.

Violeta Bulc will join the event though video speech. 

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Jüri Ratas

Prime Minister, Republic of Estonia

Jüri Ratas is the head of the Government of the Republic of Estonia since 23 November 2016. He is the leader of the Estonian Centre Party.

In 2007-2016 he was member of 11th, 12th and 13th Estonian Parliament, where he held the position of the Vice-President of the Estonian Parliament. 

In 2005-2007 Jüri Ratas served as the Mayor of Tallinn.

Jüri Ratas has graduated from Tallinn University of Technology in the area of Business Management and also obtained his Master´s degree in Economic Sciences. He also holds a Bachelor´s degree in Law from the School of Law at the University of Tartu.

Kadri Simson Kadri Simson Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Republic of Estonia

Kadri Simson is the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party. Previously Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu, the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction, and the Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee. In 2013, Kadri Simson was elected in Pärnu City Council and in 2009, she was elected as a member of Tallinn City Council. Kadri Simson also took the position of the Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party, served as the Research Assistant of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn and the Advisor of Tallinn City Council, as well as the Consultant of the European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu. Kadri Simson has acquired a degree in History at the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree in Political Science from University College London.

Uldis Augulis Uldis Augulis Minister of Transport, Republic of Latvia

Uldis Augulis was appointed as the Minister of Transport of Latvia on February 11, 2016. Before, Augulis held the post of Minister for Welfare and was a Member of the 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th term in the national parliament (Saeima). Previously Minister Augulis was a Chairman of the Central Land Commission, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as held other leading positions in public and private organizations. Uldis Augulis has graduated University of Latvia, Finance Management Faculty.

Rokas Masiulis Rokas Masiulis Minister of Transport and Communications, Republic of Lithuania

Rokas Masiulis was appointed as Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania in 2016. Previously, Rokas Masiulis served as Minister of Energy. 

Before joining the Government he served as CEO and later also as a member of the Board of Directors at the state-controlled oil terminal operator, SE Klaipėdos Nafta. During his term as CEO of Klaipėdos Nafta, Rokas Masiulis was in charge of the implementation of LNG terminal project. LNG terminal has started its operation in December 2014. He was also CEO of Lithuania‘s natural gas trading company LITGAS and Director of Business Development as well as Finance of LEO LT, an electricity holding company. For 14 years Rokas Masiulis held a number of senior positions at Energy practices of “Arthur Andersen” and “Ernst & Young“. His regional focus covered Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Minister Masiulis holds a degree in International Relations and Political Science as well as Master’s degree in Economics from Vilnius University.

Andrzej Bittel Andrzej Bittel Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Infrastructure, Republic of Poland

Andrzej Bittel is responsible for railways in the Ministry of Infrastructure of Poland.

He graduated from Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University (MA). He also completed postgraduate studies in management in public administration at Kozminski University and Postgraduate Study of European Self-Government Law in Polish Academy of Sciences

Career history: In 2006, Andrzej Bittel served as mayor of Wawer district of Capital City of Warsaw. In 2007-2010 he was an officer of the Central Anticorruption Bureau. He was deputy mayor of two Warsaw districts: Ursynów (2010-2013) and Targówek district (2013-2014). In 2015 he became head of the Department of Infrastructure and Environmental Protection at the County Office in Pruszków.

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.

Baiba A. Rubesa Baiba A. Rubesa CEO and Chairperson of the Management Board, RB Rail AS

Baiba A. Rubesa is an experienced international manager in a range of business areas: oil and gas, retail, automotive and telecommunications. She has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Norway.
Since October 2015 Rubesa is Chairperson of the Management Board and CEO of RB Rail AS. In January 2017 she was appointed a Supervisory Board member to Latvia’s largest company, Latvenergo. Prior to that she worked as a consultant and new business developer in her own company, RFactor Sia, and served as a Supervisory Board member for Citadeles banka. She has also driven a business agenda as the global Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Statoil ASA, Government and Public Affairs & HSE director for Statoil in the Caspian region, Managing Director for Latvija Statoil SIA and Marketing Director, Statoil Baltic States.
Rubesa has served as a Supervisory Board member, DNB NORD banka, Chaired the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia, been a Vice President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Currently she serves on the Supervisory Board of the think tank “Providus” and in the foundation Kokneses Fonds to support the development of the Memorial Site “Likteņdārzs”.
Rubesa was educated in Toronto, Canada at York University and Shaw colleges.

Normunds Popens Normunds Popens Deputy- Director General for Implementation. DG REGIO, EU Commision

Normunds Popens is currently Deputy Director General for Implementation in the Directorate General Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission in charge of overseeing the implementation of structural and cohesion fund programmes in EU member states and candidate countries. Before joining the European Commission in March 2011 he has occupied several posts in the Latvian diplomatic services. Notably from 2007 till 2011 he was a Permanent Representative of Latvia to the EU. Before that he dealt with European affairs as Undersecretary of State of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been also responsible for the issues of foreign trade and transatlantic relations and has worked as an Ambassador in Norway, Iceland and in the USA as a diplomat.

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.

Sabina Lindström Sabina Lindström Director from Networks Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Republic of Finland

Mrs Sabina Lindström works as a Director at the Networks Department in the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland. The Networks Department is responsible for all questions related to transport and communications networks in Finland and also for issues related to energy and the environment. Transport networks covers all transport modes and everything from maintenance to building new infrastructure. 

Mrs Lindström was born in Helsinki, in Southern Finland. She has worked in the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland from 1996. In the Ministry she has worked mainly with transport issues, covering both national and international projects. She has had a managerial position at the Ministry since 2011.  

Mrs Lindström has had several positions of trust, such as membership in the board of directors of the Finnish Meteorological Institution, The Finnish Customs and the National Emergency Supply Agency.

Meelis Niinepuu Meelis Niinepuu Partner, Civitta International and Civitta Estonia

Meelis Niinepuu, partner of Civitta International and Civitta Estonia, has 14 years of experience in advising major infrastructure projects, including projects belonging to the core network corridor. One of his most recent assignments was leading a cost-benefit analysis for the Muuga Multimodal Terminal, the northernmost cargo terminal of the Rail Baltica. Mr Niinepuu has also extensive experience in EU project financing and project management. He was part of the team of consultants responsible of securing financing for the Rail Baltica project from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Kari Ruohonen Kari Ruohonen Project Director, FinEst Link project

DI Kari Ruohonen has been the Project Director of FinEst Link project and he is working in that project to Helsinki Uusimaa Regional Council. He is Board Member of Tampere Tram Company and Senate Properties (Managing Real estate assets owned by Finnish State). Earlier he was the Director General for all large Finnish States transport projects in Finland working in Finnisih Transport Agency until 2015. Starting first from 2001 of large Investment Director of all large rail way projects in Finland. Before that Kari Ruohonen worked as consultant 27 years.

Dr. Baozhi Cheng Dr. Baozhi Cheng Senior Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China

Dr. Cheng Baozhi is Senior Fellow with Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), one of the leading official think-tanks in China. His major study fields cover Arctic governance and international & European law. Dr. Cheng obtained his Doctor (2009) and Master (2005) Degrees of Public International Law consecutively from Wuhan University, one of the top Universities in China.

As a prominent Chinese scholar on polar policy and law, Dr. Cheng has published extensively on Arctic governance and China’s involvement in some Chinese leading academic journals and newspapers, and has also been invited to present his views on Arctic governance and cooperation on some relevant high-level forums such as International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS), Arctic Circle Assembly, Arctic Frontiers, Arctic Shipping Forum, SIPRI Symposium on China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation and China-Nordic Think-tank Roundtable, etc.

 Dr. Cheng was visiting scholar on EU Arctic policy with SWP Berlin (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in 2012, visiting fellow on U.S. Arctic Strategy with CSIS (Center for Strategy and International Studies, Washington D.C.) in 2014, and senior visiting fellow with the Arctic Center of University Lapland sponsored by the CNARC (China Nordic Arctic Research Center) Project in 2016.

Tristano Sainati Tristano Sainati Research Fellow, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK

Tristano Sainati is a Research Fellow at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds. Tristano is expert in governance, procurement and contracting, and complex decision-making in large infrastructure projects. Tristano research interest lies in three main sectors: Water and Sanitation, nuclear and Oil & Gas.  Actually, Tristano is involved in a project entitled: ClimAte, CosTs and Urban Sanitation (CACTUS), which is funded by the Bill and Melinda and Gates Foundations. The CACTUS project focuses on complex decision-making and advocacy for urban sanitation in developing countries. Tristano’s PhD focused on the negotiation and Design of Special Purpose Vehicles for infrastructure megaprojects and was supported by the Major project Association in the UK. Previously, Tristano participated in two research fellowship at the Politecnico di Milano. The first project concerned the development of the national BIM server for the Italian construction industry; the project was founded by the ministry of economic development. The second project focused on the modular construction of onshore petrochemical facilities.  Tristano collaborates (in some cases is a member) with different associations including Major Project Association, Association for Project Management, Project Management Institute, International Project Management Association, World Nuclear Association, International Atomic Energy Agency, and Associazione Nazionale Impiantistica Nazionale (Italian association of industrial-process contractors). Tristano has a mixed background encompassing industrial engineering and law.

Dr. Gerhard Troche Dr. Gerhard Troche Senior Advisor International Projects, GYSEV, former National Expert European Commission

Dr. Gerhard TROCHE is ‘Senior Advisor International Projects’ at Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurt Railway, a Hungarian-Austrian cross-border railway company involved in three international EU Rail Freight Corridors. Between 2010 and 2015 he was working as expert at the European Commission with the development of European rail freight policy and supervising the implementation of the EU Rail Freight Corridors. As a scientific researcher he is also involved in several EU Shift2Rail R&D-projects and participates in training and education of railway professionals and academics in Europe and Asia. Dr. Troche obtained a PhD-degree in 2009 at the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH) with a dissertation on the economics of rail freight production systems.

Andres Trink Andres Trink Chairman of the Management Board, AS MERKO EHITUS

Andres Trink has 15 years of top management as well as transaction experience in banking, real estate and construction in the Baltic-Nordic region.

Specialties: strategic & operational management, turnarounds, corporate governance, people development.

Has held various executive positions in the private and public sector. Before being hired at Merko Ehitus, worked for 15 years in the financial sector, including as a Member of the Management Board of Baltic banking at Hansapank (now Swedbank).

Baiba Fromane Baiba Fromane Head of the Partnership, Latvian Construction Entrepreneur

Baiba Fromane has graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, with a Master’s degree in law. Her background includes management of the Latvian Association of Non-bank Lenders, and serving as the Chairperson of the Board of SIA Biroju centrs Ezerparks. In addition, Baiba Fromane has gained experience in public administration by working as the Head of the Office of the Minister for Justice, Adviser to a Member of the European Parliament, Head of the Office of the Chairman of Riga City Council, and Adviser to the Minister for Finance.

The responsibilities of the partnership head include organising the daily work of the Partnership of Latvian Construction Entrepreneurs to ensure the achievement of its goals.

Toomas Tamsar Toomas Tamsar Managing Director, The Estonian Employers' Confederation

Toomas Tamsar has Graduated from the Tallinn University of Technology as an engineer in economic sciences. On 1990-1991 he studied in Germany at Eichstätt Catholic University, faculty of economics.

Starting from May 2013 he has been working as the Managing Director of The Estonian Employers' Confederation, which represents the interests of Estonian business and works with Estonian Government and with Unions. He advises managers of Estonian companies on how to become better employers.

He is also the President of International Coach Federation, Estonian Chapter.

He is member of The International Coach Federation.

His background also includes management of the Pärnu Management Conferences at 1995 – 2014 as The Chairman of the Board and serving as CEO of the holding of AS NG Investeeringud on 1998 – 2002. From 1992 to 1998 he was General Director of Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and councillor of the Estonian President (1992-1994).

Riia Sillave Riia Sillave Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, RB Rail AS

Riia Sillave is holding the position of CEO for Rail Baltic Estonia, one of the three implementing companies for the Rail Baltica project. Her extensive knowledge of project management she has gained from the launch of the greenfield BCTMP pulp mill AS Estonian Cell with the startup date of 2006 – the biggest foreign investment to Estonia, being the first employee and Member of the Management Board. From 2012 to 2017 she was employed in the headquarter of the shareholder of AS Estonian Cell being the Chief Financial Officer of Heinzel Group, a major pulp and paper production and sales corporate group in Austria. During her career previously, from 1997 until 2004, she has worked also as Controlling Manager for the headquarter of the German automotive company Webasto Thermosysteme GmbH in Stockdorf near Munich, Germany. Returning to the home country, she has joined the Rail Baltica project in December 2017 and in 2018 she holds additionally the Chair of the Supervisory Board of RB Rail AS.

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).

Kristjan Piirsalu Kristjan Piirsalu Head of Procurement, RB Rail AS

In his career Kristjan Piirsalu has been involved with numerous projects internationally through his procurement roles, having had integral involvement in major railway infrastructure projects in the UK – such as the West Coast Re-modelling and Northern Hub, for example. For the past two years he successfully managed procurement exercises in the energy sector in Estonia. The multi-disciplinary projects, that he had involvement in from the procurement side, exceed the value of 2 billion Euros. Kristjan is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, which is supplemented by certification in Business Administration and Project Management. From February this year, Kristjan Piirsalu is supporting the Rail Baltica project by implementation of best procurement practices.

Kaido Zimmermann Kaido Zimmermann Planning and Implementation Manager, 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.

Elodie Faivre Elodie Faivre Project Manager for Rail Baltica Design Guidelines preparation, SYSTRA S.A

Elodie Faivre was in charge for SYSTRA of the Rail Baltica Design Guidelines from the tender stage to the submission of final deliverables. She is graduated engineer from Centrale Nantes (France) and has 10 years of experience in technical management of projects. She has worked on several infrastructure project for High Speed Line, long bridges, highways, buildings and systems as deputy project director, project manager and technical coordinator. 

Jean-Marc Bedmar Jean-Marc Bedmar Senior Engineer, 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.

Agnis Driksna Agnis Driksna Director of Development and Communication Department, Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas

Since 2016 Agnis Driksna is working at “European Railway Lines” in position of Director of Development and Communication department. Since 2014, he had been the Rail Baltic Project Manager of the Ministry of Transport responsible for international cooperation. He prepared the first funding applications to the EU and represented Latvia in the joint projects of the Baltic States and the EU.

Previously, Agnis Driksna has worked in the Ministry of Economics of Latvia as Deputy Director of European Union cooperation department and Head of EU law division. He was also Legal consultant in Competition council of Latvia.

Agnis Driksna has MBA degree in Business and law in European Union from Rigas Stradiņa university, as well as Master's degree in European Union and international law from Concordia International University Estonia.

Carlo Borghini Carlo Borghini Executive Director, Shift2Rail

Mr Carlo Borghini was appointed Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking on 16 February 2016 and is responsible for the overall management of the S2R JU activities.

Prior to this posting, Mr Borghini was EDA Corporate Services Director, where he was responsible for the management of financial and human resources, as well as programme management and administrative issues.

Previously, Mr Borghini held the position of Deputy Executive Director for the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in Brussels from 2008 to 2014. In this capacity, he had specific responsibilities for corporate governance, administration and finance while contributing the overall management of the programme. More specifically, he managed a budget amounting to over €2 billion, with a portfolio of more than 300 different projects undertaken by the 16 SJU Members.

Prior to that, Mr Borghini held several middle and senior management positions in the European Commission, UN agency and private sector. Born in Italy on 1 September 1964, Mr Borghini holds a Master Degree equivalent in Business Economics. He is a native speaker of Italian and also possesses an excellent proficiency in French. He is married with three children.

Paulius Valiulis Paulius Valiulis Head of Innovation laboratory, Lithuanian Rail

Paulius Valiulis currently is the Head of Innovation laboratory at the Lithuanian Rail. Previously he has held a head pf export and investments at Infobalt and from 2012 till 2014 he was the Logistics and supply chain co-ordinator at Avanti Communications Group.

Professional experience in sales, technologies, multi-modal logistic, business development and government administration. 

Kaspars Briškens Kaspars Briškens Business Development Manager, RB Rail AS

Kaspars Briškens has been involved with the Rail Baltica project for more than 10 years, initially as a diplomat in the Latvian Foreign Service and later as staff advisor to two Latvian transport ministers, as well as Supervisory Board Member of the Rail Baltica joint venture (RB Rail AS), since its establishment in October 2014. As of November 2016, Kaspars Briškens is RB Rail’s Business Development Manager responsible for commercialization and business development activities of the Rail Baltica Global Project. Kaspars holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Stockholm University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). He is a transport and logistics industry professional with a keen interest in transport economics, intermodal logistics, supply chain development and aviation. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Air Baltic Corporation.

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.

Risto Vahenurm Risto Vahenurm Managing Director, Estonian Digital Construction alliance

Risto is Managing Director of Estonian Digital Construction alliance called E-difice and representative of Estonia at buildingSMART organization.

In 2015 - 2018 he has held different roles in Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. In 2016-2018 Risto was Estonian Head of Digital Construction and responsible for starting and building national construction digitization initiative.

From 2011 Risto has lived and worked in Sweden and Estonia and co-founded several digital construction initiatives as BIMConsult and BIMsummit. He has been founder and CEO of construction information management start-up SiteEyes and has been involved in international BIM-related research at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and creation of industry standards.

Risto is holding M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia and M.Sc. in Real Estate and Construction Management (incl. BIM) from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Ervinas Śkikunas Ervinas Śkikunas Management consultant, CIVITTA Lithuania

Management consultant in Civitta's Vilnius office. Worked with logistics and railway companies, most recently on analysis of technological and spatial needs of multimodal freight terminal Rail Baltic at Muuga harbour. Functionally works with strategy, business modeling, and change management topics.

Simon Wray Simon Wray Infrastructure Lead, The BIMstitute, UK

Simon Wray is an engineering information manager with over 20 years experience supporting the delivery of major infrastructure and railway projects valued over €30bn. Simon understands the challenges facing the rail industry and is passionate about improving outcomes for asset owners and their supply chain. He is the Infrastructure lead at The BIMstitute and Managing Director at Specialist Project Integration.


The Industry Suppliers' Day - a platform for building cooperation bridges


Take the advantage to find and network with other companies which could be of interest to you.

If you want to receive the full list of Supplier day participants and their contacts please note it during registration for DAY 2. The list will be shared only with those who had given permission to include their contacts in it.


Aarsleff Rail


ABB Switzerland
Manufacturing, production industry

ACCIONA Infarstructuras S.A.

Acte Rail

Architecture and design

ALPA Centrums
Transportation, logistics and storage


Alstom Transport SA
Manufacturing, production industry



Ardanuy Ingenieria S.A.
Architecture and design

Assecor Baltic SIA
IT and communications

Registration form


This is a registration form for Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018. Registration is open till March 20, 2018. To register for Day 1, please use the unique registration code you have received together with the invitation to the event.

To register for Day 2, click to open and fill out the event registration form and wait for the confirmation e-mail. Your registration is approved only when you receive confirmation e-mail from the organizer.

Thank you!

If you are interested to participate in Day 2, please register for it in addition here.


Please take into account that your registration is approved only when you receive a confirmation e-mail from the organizer.

There is a big interest of suppliers to participate in this day. Don't hesitate to register as soon as possible. In order to serve the interest of all, we will confirm registration for a maximum of three persons from one company. All other participation will be under the consideration depending on the available space.

A couple of days before the event, the potential suppliers registering for DAY 2 “Industry Supplier’s Day” have a possibility to receive the List of contacts of all suppliers attending the event for better networking possibilities. To receive the List you have to share your contacts as well.

During DAY 2 supplier's are also offered to:

  • attend special Suppliers' Meeting point for future partnerships and contact building;
  • participate in the Suppliers' Meeting point with your info stand following the principle of first-come, first-served as there is a limited number of spaces available. If you are interested in placing your info stand, please indicate it in the registration form by first reading the instruction.          


Thank you, we have received your registration.

NB: Your registration is approved only by receiving the confirmation e-mail!
We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Media accreditation form

To apply for a Media Pass, please fill in the media accreditation form below. We will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer to your request. Together with an email confirming your accreditation request you will additionally receive practical information for the media.
Practical information about media possibilities during the events will be sent to registered media following confirmation

Thank you, we have received your registration.

Please wait for confirmation from the organizer. Your participation is approved only by receiving the confirmation e-mail!

Accommodation possibilities

Swissôtel Tallinn situated in the centre of Tallinn is offering special discount rate for conference participants by using special code RBGF18 during the booking.


Tornimäe 3

10145 Tallinn, Estonia

Phone: +372 624 0000

Fax: +372 624 0001

Reservation email:

Transportation and directions to the hotel

Directions from Tallinn International Airport:

- By car (3,4 km ~10 min.), directions can be found HERE.

- By public transport (tram) (~15 min.), directions can be found HERE.

Directions from Tallinn Train Station:

We recommend to take a tram to get from Train Station to the Swissotel Tallinn, directions can be found HERE.

Parking opportunities

We recommend to park your car near the Swissotel:
The parking garage is located under Rävala Boulevard. To enter turn right and go underground from Rävala Boulevard if you are going from Tartu Road or turn left and go underground at the beginning of Maakri Street next to the Radisson hotel.

Please pay for the parking straight before the departure in the payment machine.
After payment the exit time is 10 minutes.
Height limitation in the parking house is 2,2 meters.
Attention! Entry in the parking house with trailers is prohibited!
3 payment machines:
- one is at the Maakri street exit(only card payments)
- one is at the Tartu mnt exit (card payments and in cash)
- one is nearby the entrance of Tornimäe Ärikeskus (only card payments)

Visa applications

If you need an invitation for a Visa, please point it out during the REGISTRATION for the conference. In order to obtain a Visa please follow the instructions on General information ABOUT OBTAINING VISAS IN ESTONIA. The organizers undertake to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia on the potential participants of the Forum who needs to have a visa to go to the Republic of Estonia. The sole responsibility in obtaining the Visa is up to the applicant.

Working language

Day 1 - English, Latvian, Polish with simultaneous translation

Day 2 - English

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.

Contact information: 

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