Council

MSc.oec. Janis Platais, Chairman of the Fiscal Council

MSc.oec. Janis Platais, Chairman of the Fiscal Council

Janis Platais is a consultant for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on public financial management and government finance statistics. He has worked as an advisor to the Minister of Finance of Latvia, has international long-term consulting experience of more than 15 years with the IMF and the World Bank, focusing on institution building in public finance. He held management positions at the ministries of finance and welfare of Latvia in 1990s, shaping these institutions.

Janis Platais graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Latvia and holds a Master's degree in economics. As of January 1 2014, he is a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia.

Dr.oec. Ingars Erins, Deputy Chairman of the Fiscal Council

Dr.oec. Ingars Erins, Deputy Chairman of the Fiscal Council

Ingars Erins is Chancellor and associate professor at Riga Technical University. He has held management positions in Riga Technical University at the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management and at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, as well as in other establishments.

Ingars Erins has a doctorate in economics from Riga Technical University. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of finance and banking management. Ingars was a member of the Human Capital Development Facilitation working group at the Strategic Analysis Commission in 2012, a think tank under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Latvia. As of 1 January 2014, he is a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia.

MSc.oec. Morten Hansen

MSc.oec. Morten Hansen

Morten Hansen is Head of Economics Department at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, columnist at ir.lv, a contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit and director of MHansen Consulting.

He is from Denmark but has resided in Latvia since 1993 and formerly worked at EuroFaculty, University of Latvia. As of January 1 2014, Morten Hansen is a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia.

PhD, Martins Kazaks

PhD, Martins Kazaks

Mārtiņš Kazāks is Chief Economist for Swedbank in Latvia since 2005, and since 2010 also Group Deputy Chief Economist for Swedbank. He is one of the most quoted economists in Latvia. He holds BSc in Economics from University of Latvia, Diploma in Economics from University of Cambridge, MSc (with Distinction) and PhD in Economics from Queen Mary University of London. His major research interests are in the area of exchange rate economics and applied time series econometrics.

He has been a lecturer and an assistant professor at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga from 1996 to 2008. Mārtiņš was a member of the Strategic Analysis Commission from 2006 to 2011, a think tank under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Latvia. As of January 1 2014, he is a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia.

MSc.oec. Ülo Kaasik

MSc.oec. Ülo Kaasik

Ülo Kaasik has been Deputy Governor of Eesti Pank since July 2011 and has worked at the central bank since 1999, first as an economist in the Research department and then from 2007 as Head of the Monetary policy department. He also worked for two years as economic adviser to prime minister.

Ülo Kaasik graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Tartu and holds a Master’s degree in economics from Tallinn University of Technology. As of January 1 2014, he is a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia.

MSc.oec., LL.M. Andzs Ubelis

MSc.oec., LL.M. Andzs Ubelis

Andžs Ūbelis is an expert on public financial management with more than 15 years of experience working for government institutions of the Republic of Latvia and international financial institutions. He has previously worked at the Ministry of Finance as the Deputy State Secretary on matters of foreign financial aid and fiscal policy. He has also worked at the World Bank as Advisor and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director representing Nordic and Baltic countries.

Andžs Ūbelis holds an undergraduate degree in political science and international relations (University of Latvia), as well as master's degrees in European law and policy (University of Nancy 2, France) and international economics and public policies (Cardiff University, UK). As of 3 September 2015, he is a member of the Fiscal Council of Latvia.