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 Vice-rector for finance, professor and principal researcher 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. On 22 December 2016 Saeima has approved Morten Hansen as the Fiscal Council member for the second term.

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.

Dr.habil.oec. Inna Steinbuka

Dr.habil.oec. Inna Steinbuka

Inna Šteinbuka is Professor, Director of the Master's degree programme "European Studies" at the University of Latvia. Since October 2018 she is a special advisor to Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis. From 2011 to 2018 she has been the Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia. She has been working at the European Commission since 2005 and was previously the Director of the Department of Economic and Regional Statistics, and the Department of Social and Information Society Statistics at Eurostat.

Prior to joining the European Commission, she has been Chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Latvia and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Nordic - Baltic constituency at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. She has previously held various positions at the Ministry of Finance. She takes part in the activities of the "Economists Association 2010". Inna Šteinbuka is a full member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. In 2008 Inna Šteinbuka was awarded with the Order of the Three Stars for her achievements in finance and economics.

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. Andžs Ūbelis is Director at KPMG, Management and risks consultations. 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.