Karolis Sankovski

Chairperson of the Supervisory Board

Before assuming his role at Lietuvos Geležinkeliai, Karolis Sankovski served on the executive board of Litgrid AB, the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator (TSO), and headed its strategic infrastructure department. Within this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of power transmission interconnections between Lithuania and Poland (LitPol Link), and Lithuania and Sweden (NordBalt), projects of strategic importance.

Before that, Karolis Sankovski has occupied other positions in the Lithuania TSO group companies, as Head of Environmental Division (LitPol Link Sp. z o.o.) and Lawyer (Lietuvos Energija AB).

Sankovski has a B.A. in Law from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania, and an M.A. in Law from Aix-Marseille 3 University in Provence, France.

Riia Sillave

Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board

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.

Anri Leimanis

Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board

Anri Leimanis is a corporate governance expert with more than 20 years experience and serves on the Supervisory Board as an independent member.

Anri Leimanis also serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board at Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), leading telecoms operator in Latvia. As part of his community service activities, Anri Leimanis chairs Latvia’s PPP Association and actively participates in the work of number of other NGOs.

Before that, Anri Leimanis has occupied several management positions at Lattelecom Group companies. For 13 years he served as Chairman of the Management Board of the First Closed Pension Fund. 

Anri Leimanis holds LL.M. degree in Transnational Business Law from University of the Pacific, California and MBA degree from Riga Business School, Latvia. He has completed international board member education program presented by Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance and performed a corporate governance research program at St John’s College, University of Oxford.  

Anti Moppel

Member of the Supervisory Board

Anti Moppel has more than twenty years of experience in the public sector and especially in the transport and logistics field. From 1996 to 2002 he worked at the Ministry of Transport and Communications as Director of Transport Infrastructure Development Department and has had the opportunity to be involved in the Rail Baltica facilitation process from the beginning. Since 2002, he has held the position of Ministerial Counsellor for Transport and Logistics at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia.

Anti Moppel has obtained a Master’s Degree in Geology at Tartu University and worked at the Centre of Geological Survey of Estonia from 1993 to1996.

Ligita Austrupe

Member of the Supervisory Board

Ligita Austrupe possesses twenty- year experience in the administration of EU funds, including supervision and audit of the EU funded projects.

Her professional career in the field of the EU funded projects’ monitoring and management, Ligita started as an internal auditor with the Rural Support Service and improved her auditing skills as a trainee at the Internal Audit Unit of the Directorate General of Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission.

In year 2002, Ligita joined the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA), which, since 1997 is responsible for the administration of the EU funded projects in Latvia. In her capacity of the Deputy Director of the CFCA, Ligita gained an extensive experience in the financial and strategical planning of both – EU funded projects and the institution itself.

Since 2013 Ligita has worked at the Ministry of Transport of Latvia on the planning and implementation of the transport sector investments in Latvia. As a Deputy State Secretary Ligita is responsible for the EU affairs, the financial and strategical planning and investment policy of the Latvian transport sector.

Since 2018 Ligita holds the position of the Head of the Responsible Authority of the administration of the EU funds in Latvia and till recent was holding the position of the Head of the Connecting Europe Facility’s Managing Authority in Latvia.

Various transport infrastructure development projects have been implemented in Latvia under the supervision of the Responsible Authority of the EU funds administration and Connecting Europe Facility Managing Authority, including large scale infrastructure projects in the various transport sectors – ports, airports, roads and railways.  As the Head of the Connecting Europe Facility Managing Authority in Latvia, Ligita has ensured monitoring of the implementation of the Rail Baltica project in Latvia.

Romas Švedas

Member of the Supervisory Board

Romas Švedas is a lawyer and has an extensive experience in international economic relations and development of international energy and transport infrastructure projects, corporate governance and work of international organizations, like the EU and UN.

R. Švedas has been a civil servant for 20 years and from 2011 an Independent Expert and Lecturer at Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University. He is the former Vice-minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania, Director of Economic Security Policy Department and Director of Economic Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Deputy Permanent Representative (Coreper I) of Lithuania in European Union in Brussels and Counsellor at Lithuanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva. Romas Švedas was a member and the Chairman of the Boards of AB Klaipėdos nafta, AB Litgrid, AB Lietuvos dujos, VĮ Ignalinos atominė elektrinė. From 2016 Romas Švedas is Chairman of the Board at AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai (independent board member) and from 2014 Romas Švedas is a member and since 2017 the Chairman of the Implementation Committee of UN Espoo Convention.

During posting in Brussels he worked closely with the EU coordinator taking part in the early stages of the Rail Baltica project. Being Vice-Minister of Energy, he was in charge of development of power interconnections Lithuania-Sweden (NordBalt) and Lithuania-Poland (LitPolLink), LNG terminal (Independence), shut down and decommissioning of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant and development of new nuclear power plant in Lithuania, liberalization of power and gas markets in Lithuania while transferring the EU 3rd energy package into Lithuanian legislation.

Romas Švedas is graduate of the Professional Board Member (2010) and Chair (2017) education programmes at the Baltic Institute of the Corporate Governance (BICG).