Graduation: The first class of the SSE Riga Future Leaders Academy
On Sunday, September 24th, the twenty participants who completed the “Future Leaders Academy” programme, implemented for the first time this year by the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga), received their diplomas at a celebratory lunch in their honour at the Embassy of Sweden in Riga.
The “Future Leaders Academy” is a five-weekend programme organized by the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Latvia. The aim of the programme is to educate, inspire and develop the leadership potential of future Latvian political and community leaders aged 18 to 25 years from all over Latvia.
During the first year of the programme, the participants had the opportunity to have dinner with such notable Latvian statesmen and politicians as the former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, the Deputy Speaker of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, and the former Minister of Economics Daniels Pavļuts.
Keynote lectures during the programme were given by such notable political, business, and community leaders as the Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola, member of the Swedbank management board Renārs Rūsis, and journalist as well as cofounder and president of the board of Cits Medijs Pauls Raudseps.
Many other well-known and up-and-coming Latvian academics, researchers, politicians, and industry representatives volunteered their time to pass on their knowledge and experience to the programme participants. In addition to lectures, the participants received practical training in critical thinking and argumentation organized by QUO tu domā?, media training from such notable Latvian journalists as Ansis Bogustovs, Olga Proskurova, and Ilze Dobele, and public speaking and body language training from Vanda Dauksta.
The Director of the “Future Leaders Academy”, Dr.sc.pol. Ieva Birka, is very proud of the first graduating class and said that “as a result of the programme, several of the participants have become politically and socially active by joining political parties or NGOs and are networking amongst themselves and the speakers of the programme to bring about positive change in Latvia.”
The next “Future Leaders Academy” will take place in the spring of 2018.