Board

The board is the highest decision-making body at the Freeport Authority, which supervises the administration led by the CEO of Ventspils Freeport. According to the Law on Ports the Freeport of Ventspils has four board members – representatives nominated by the ministries of Economics, Finance, Transport and Environmental Protection and Regional Development, appointed to and removed from office by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia.

Board

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

INGUNA STRAUTMANE

Represents: Ministry of Transport

Education:

  • Riga Business School “Turība” – professional master’s degree in law;
  • Police Academy of Latvia – second-level higher vocational education, qualification of a lawyer;
  • Riga Technical College – programming engineer.

Professional experience:

  • from February 2019 to the present date Member of the Board at the Freeport of Ventspils;
  • from 2018 to the present date Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2016 to October 2018 Deputy Director of the Legal Department, Head of State Capital Shares Administration and Public Contracts Division at the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2015 to 2016 Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2010 to 2015 Deputy Director of the Legal Department, Head of State Capital Shares Administration and Public Contracts Division at the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2013 to the present date Member of the Board at the Port of Mērsrags;
  • from 2009 to 2010 Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2006 to 2009 Head of the Judicial Provisions Division at the Legal Department of the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2004 to 2006 Legal Adviser of the Legislative Acts Division at the Legal Department of the Ministry of Transport;
  • from 2000 to 2004 Senior Desk Officer of the Military Service Recruitment Centre at the Ministry of Defence.

Awards:

  • 2016 – Certificate of Recognition conferred by the Cabinet of the Republic of Latvia;
  • 2015 – Certificate of Gratitude conferred by the Minister for Transport;
  • 2014 – Certificate of Recognition conferred by the Minister for Transport;
  • 2011 – Certificate of Recognition conferred by the Minister for Transport.

 

 

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

ĢIRTS VALDIS KRISTOVSKIS

Represents: Ministry of Finance

Education:

  • Joint TRIUM programme of the London School of Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University and HEC Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris) (Master of Business Administration Degree);
  • University of Latvia (Faculty of Law, Master of Law);
  • Defence Resources Management Institute (international course in defence resources management, Monterey, California, USA);
  • University of Latvia (Faculty of Law, law);
  • Riga Technical University (Faculty of Architecture and Construction, (building engineer).

Professional experience:

  • from February 2019 to the present date Member of the Board at the Freeport of Ventspils;
  • from 2016 Member of the Board of SIA GVK consulting (business and management strategies), Entangle SIA (IT technologies), Product Strategist;
  • from 2016 to 2017 representative of Kongsberg AS (Norway) in Latvia – NASAMS project;
  • from 2012 to 2016 Executive Director at Fjord International AS (Norway) (IT technologies); Member of the Board at SIA Zero Power Display (IT technologies); Counsellor at SIA Grandeg (heating technologies);
  • from 2010 to 2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs;
  • 2010 elected to the 10th Saeima;
  • 2009 elected to Riga City Council. Opposition MP representing the political party Civic Union. Member of the City Development, Finance and Budget Committees;
  • from 2004 to 2009 Member of the European Parliament (6th parliamentary term), Deputy Chairperson of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee, Deputy of the Foreign Affairs, Development and International Trade Committees;
  • 2002 elected to the 8th Saeima. Deputy of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee and European Affairs Committee (resigned his mandate while fulfilling the duties of the Minister for Defence);
  • from 1998 to 2004 Minister for Defence of the Republic of Latvia;
  • 1998 elected to the 7th Saeima. Deputy of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee and European Affairs Committee (resigned his mandate while fulfilling the duties of the Minister for Defence);
  • from 1996 to 1998 elected to the 6th Saeima. Deputy of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee and European Affairs Committee;
  • 1995 Counsellor of the Prime Minister in defence and security matters;
  • from 1993 to 1994 Minister for the Interior of the Republic of Latvia;
  • 1993 elected to the 5th Saeima. Deputy of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee;
  • from 1991 to 1993 National Guard of the Republic of Latvia, Chief of the National Guard headquarters;
  • 1990 elected to the Supreme Council, Deputy. Defence and Internal Affairs Committee;
  • from 1989 to 1990 Chairperson of the Popular Front of Latvia Ventspils Municipality Division;
  • from 1989 to 1994 Deputy of Ventspils Council of People’s Deputies;
  • from 1984 to 1989 Senior Design Engineer at Interkolkhoz Production and Supply Company Ventspils Division.

Awards:

  • 2005 – Second Class Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana conferred by the President of Estonia to a foreign national;
  • 2004 – First Class Order of Viesturs;
  • 2004 – Commemorative Medal for Advancing Latvia’s Accession to NATO;
  • 2001 – Third Class Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas;
  • 2000 – Third Class Order of the Three Stars;
  • 2000 – Distinguished Service Medal of the State of Michigan, USA;
  • 1994 – Medal of Honorary Recognition conferred by the Ministry of Defence.
 

LAILA SPALIŅA

Represents:  The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development

Education:

  • University of Latvia master's degree in Public Administration;
  • Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences professional bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Relations.

Professional experience:

  • since february 2019 to the present date Member of the Board at the Freeport of Ventspils;
  • since 2019 Head of Minister's Office at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development;
  • since 2015 Member of the Board of SIA SPLN;
  • 2010–2019 Member of the Board of the society Mūsu darbs mieram;
  • 2008-2019 Member of the Board of the society Basketbola klubs “VEF Rīga”;
  • 2008–2018 Director of the society Basketbola klubs “VEF Rīga”;
  • 2007–2008 Public Relations Consultant for the society Basketbola klubs “VEF Rīga”;
  • 2005–2007 Press Secretary for the Chairman of the Riga City Council;
  • 2004–2005 Adviser to the Ministry of Education and Science in Communication matters;
  • 2003–2004 Consultant for a Saeima fraction of the Republic of Latvia;
  • 2002–2005 Political Assistant of a Member of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia.

Public activity:

  • since 2016 – Council Member of the society Latvian Basketball Union
 

KASPARS ROŽKALNS

Represents: Ministry of Economics

Education: 

  • Turība University: Master of Business Administration;
  • University of Latvia: Bachelor of Advertising and Media.

Professional experience:

  • From June 2020 to date:  Member of the Board of the Freeport of Ventspils (mandate until 1 February 2025).
  • From 2020 to date: Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA);
  • From 2018 to 2020: Head of the LIAA Representative Office in Germany;
  • From 2015 to 2018: Head of the LIAA Representative Office in China (Shanghai and Ningbo);
  • From 2012 to 2015: CEO/General Manager, SIA Linearis;
  • From 2014 to 2015: Head of Linearis China branch;
  • From 2013 to 2014: Retail Channel Manager, MCB Finance Latvia;
  • From 2010 to 2012: Marketing and Sales Manager, SIA Linearis;
  • From 2005 to 2011: Member of the Board; SIA Easypaint;
  • From 2008 to 2010: Product Development Specialist, State-owned joint-stock company Latvijas Pasts.