Sandor Liive

Chairperson of the Supervisory Board

Sandor Liive is an energy executive and startup entrepreneur. Sandor is a co-founder of the GridiO, a virtual power plant platform, co-founder and Chairman of the Fermi Energia, a project development company for the deployment of the first small modular nuclear reactor in Europe, co-founder of the Callisto Group, a communication agency, Member of the Supervisory board of Nordecon, a publicly listed construction company,  an advisor for Hepta Airborne&Energy, Member of the Supervisory board of Tuleva, a social startup managing members’ pension assets.

Prior to founding GridiO, Sandor Liive was the CEO of Eesti Energia for nine years, which he turned from a local monopoly into an international energy business. Before becoming CEO, Sandor was CFO of Eesti Energia for seven years. Before joining Eesti Energia, he was CFO of the Port of Tallinn.

Sandor started his career in the early nineties as an entrepreneur and was involved in establishing the first Estonian fund management company, a real estate brokerage, and a venture capital and investment advisory company.

Anri Leimanis

Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board

Anrī Leimanis, a corporate governance expert with more than 22 years of business experience, serves on the Supervisory Board of RB Rail as an independent member.

In addition to his position at RB Rail Anrī Leimanis also serves an an independent member and Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board at Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), the leading telecommunications operator in Latvia. As part of his community service activities, Anri Leimanis chairs the Public Private Partnership Association of Latvia and actively participates in the work of various other NGOs.

Before his appointment to RB Rail      Anrī Leimanis has occupied several senior management positions at Lattelecom Group companies. For 13 years he served as the Chair of the Management Board at the largest private pension fund AS First Closed Pension Fund.

Anrī Leimanis holds a LL.M. masters degree in Transnational Business Law from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, CA, USA and a MBA degree from the Riga Business School in Latvia. He has performed corporate governance research program at St John’s College, University of Oxford.  

Anri Leimanis is a graduate of the Professional Board Member (2017) and Chair (2019) education programs at the Baltic Institute of the Corporate Governance.

As part of his academic activities Anrī Leimanis is working on the PhD research related to international legal framework for Artificial Intelligence.

Karolis Sankovski

Vice-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.

Ahti Kuningas

Member of the Supervisory Board

Ahti Kuningas has been the Deputy Secretary General for Transport for over four years since 2015. During this time he has coordinated and lead the Estonian aviation, maritime, railway, road and public transport infrastructure and service development daily, having a wholesome and coherent view on the transport sector as a whole.

Ahti has  long-term experience in contributing to the well being of organisations, having been in the Supervisory Boards of seven organisations, which have operated in the maritime, aviation and railway industries. With his experience and a birds-eye view of the transport sector, he brings the needed know-how to create a multi-modal transport infrastructure for Rail Baltica.

Ahti Kuningas has obtained a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Tartu. Additionally he has gone through the Executive Education of Professional Board Member trainings in the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.

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).