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The Novatore Impact Summit, taking place on April 27 in Riga, announces a conference programme with brilliant global business leaders, politicians, and other international organisation heads from ten countries. The conference addresses women's economic empowerment – resilience in crisis situations, financial independence, and innovation. As part of the international summit, workshops will also be held for the development of women's leadership and skills.


Women make up half of the world's population but only account for approximately 37% of GDP. Economies cannot operate at maximum potential if a large portion of the population is unable to contribute fully. Several international studies indicate that when women serve on a company's board of directors, the company's value increases. A McKinsey study indicates this difference is 25%. Equality is not a luxury to be desired but a foundation of wellbeing for all.

“Novatore's goal is to empower women economically – to accelerate and facilitate women's professional and leadership progress, develop talent, and increase wellbeing for all in society. For this reason, we are gathering exceptional leaders in Riga who head large countries, manage billion-dollar businesses and other influential organisations. The professional experience and knowledge they have is a tremendous asset, and they will be sharing it to encourage women further to take on leadership roles and develop their countries' economies,"

says conference organiser and Novatore co-founder Baiba Rubesa.

The conference will elevate the discussion on women in leadership positions, their influence, and equality to a new level by raising essential topics:

  • How to promote women's financial well-being and reduce the gender pay gap? How can women earn more?

  • Can improving the business model and skills help to successfully deal with constant uncertainty in the business environment? How to increase the share of women in business leadership?

  • How can women and their businesses develop in the future?

  • What improves economic performance and longevity?

From transport to the jewellery business

The conference will be opened remotely by former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, and Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Sharing her insights on influence and power will be Swarovski's CEO and board member Luisa Delgado. She has held previous leading positions in international companies such as IKEA, Barclays Bank, Fortum, Breitling, and Telia. She also is a co-owner of a private investment fund that finances sustainable business models supporting endangered European craft traditions.

Jacquiline Harvey, Audi's regional director in China and Hong Kong, the world's largest car market, will talk about her work in leading positions in the automotive industry. During her career, she has also worked in South Africa, Israel, the Middle East, Australia, and other countries.

Moojan Asgari, founder of the investment fund 'Thousand Faces', will address the conference emphasizing the importance of adaptability, artificial intelligence, and economic resilience in women's lives. Her fund supports sustainable development projects led by women. She has also created the 'Thousand Eyes On Me' platform for personal branding and talent development to enhance women's skills, helping them become strong leaders. She additionally co-founded the global community 'Women in AI', bringing together women working in artificial intelligence.

Aletta Gräfin von Hardenberg, former Director General and co-founder of the German Diversity Charter, will discuss the diversity charter as an effective tool for promoting inclusion in the workplace. She has also been a director of Deutsche Bank and responsible for diversity management there. As a member of the bank's global diversity promotion team, she has played a leading role in shaping the bank's global diversity strategy since 2000. And she additionally lead one of the conference's workshops.

Baiba Braže, NATO Deputy Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, will address the conference on surviving and thriving in conflict situations. She previously has been Latvia's ambassadors to the UK and to the Netherlands.

And AirBaltic pilot Veronika Oļeiņika will share her leadership story at the conference.

The conference will further include roundtable discussions on economic resilience, ensuring influence in corporate board positions, and solutions to reduce the gender pay gap and help women earn more.

Masterclasses for professional self-development

There will be a wide range of 14 masterclasses offered at the summit to provide knowledge to conference participants and promote professional development. Their topics include money and financial well-being, economic sustainability, stress management, productivity, leadership, and diversity management. As with the conference itself, the masterclass environment is designed to facilitate new connections, as mutual support and networking are added value of the Novatore Impact Summit.

The masterclasses will be led by industry professionals, such as leadership coach Katrīna Ošleja, Pedersen & Partners partner Inga Ezera, representatives of VISA Baltic and the Nordic region Elena Fadeeva and Juha Sillanpää, financial literacy trainer, entrepreneur and writer Lina Banytė-Surplienė, researcher, consultant and founder of the company Nügila Leonore Riitsalu, Vice President of the airBaltic cabin crew service Ingūna Andže, conscious eating trainer and stress management consultant Dr. Inese Millere. Some of the masterclasses are being organized in collaboration with conference supporters SEB bank, airBaltic and Lidl Latvia.

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About the Novatore Impact Summit

The Novatore Impact Summit is an international conference for women's economic empowerment taking place on April 27th in Riga at the event space Fantadroms (74a G. Zemgala street). Its aim is to promote women's economic activity and encourage gender diversity in leadership positions.

The conference is organised by Novatore, an organisation founded in 2020 by entrepreneurs Baiba Rubesa and Dagnija Lejina with the goal of supporting women in leadership positions by providing knowledge, networking opportunities, and promoting the exchange of experiences.

In 2022, Novatore Impact Summit was attended by 400 inspiring participants from 18 countries.

The conference's main partner is Visa.

The conference is supported by SEB, Audi, AirBaltic, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, LIAA, and Lidl Latvia.

The conference is supported by friends – IF Insurance, Intrum, French Embassy in Latvia, KPMG, Noble Wine, research agency Norstat, Rocket Bean Roastery, Swiss Embassy in Latvia, and German Embassy in Latvia, reputation management company Lejina & Partners.

Media partners – Delfi, Clear Channel, publishing house Rigas Vilni, Santa, TV3, and others.

Tickets can be purchased here.

The latest updates about the summit can be found on social media accounts such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

Direct assistance contact:

Inga Tauriņa

Novatore Impact Summit media relations coordinator, mobile +371 26 564 629



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