Riia Sillave

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 and in 2018 she holds additionally the Chair of the Supervisory Board of RB Rail AS.

Edvīns Bērziņš

Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Edvīns Bērziņš has MA in Law and MBA degree of the Norwegian–Latvian Professional Master Programme “Innovations and Entrepreneurship” (Riga Technical University, RTU). In 2016, he has graduated the Professional Board Member Education Program at the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (BICG).
He has been Head of International Relations Department in the Police Academy of Latvia, has worked as Legal Consultant at “Lattelecom” ltd., Head of Legal Department in “Latvijas kuģniecība AS”, has been Member of the Board at “Latvijas kuģniecība AS”. Since 2011, he is a member of the Board at “Latvijas dzelzceļš” VAS. During 2015, Mr. Bērziņš took the position of Interim CEO of the joint venture “RB Rail AS” (project Rail Baltica) and now holds the position of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at “RB Rail AS”. Since 2016, he acts as Chairman of the Board at SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš.
He is also Vice-President of the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), Presidium Member at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Member of the RTU Advisory Board, Council Member of the LCCI, Chairman of Latvia-Belarus and Latvia-Kazakhstan Councils of Business Cooperation, as well as Member of the Councillors’ Convent and Member of Law Faculty Dome at Turiba University.

Karolis Sankovski

Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Karolis Sankovski is the Chief Executive Officer of Rail Baltica Statyba, the Lithuanian shareholder of the joint venture RB Rail AS. Before assuming this role, he 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.), 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.

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.

Vineta Rudzīte

Member of the Supervisory Board

Vineta Rudzīte has more than fifteen years legal counselling experience in the companies of large scale infrastructure management and transport industry. Since 2011 she has worked at SJSC “Latvijas Dzelzceļš” in different capacities – as a Specialist in the Legal and Administrative issues, a Deputy Legal Director on administrative issues and Head of Secretariat of Presidents’ Council. Also, she has acted as a Manager of Legal and Administrative support of “RB Rail” from 2014 till 2015.

Previously she has worked at “Latvijas Kuģniecība” as a Deputy Legal Director, at “Lattelecom” as a Legal Consultant. V. Rudzīte has an experience in international relations by working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and being stationed as a staff member to embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Poland.

She has BA and MA in Law and Ba in English Philology (both at the University of Latvia). She has achieved a distinction in distance learning course on Marine Insurance at Cambridge Academy of Transport.

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).