Board and Management

The Board consists of seven persons elected for a period of two years at the Annual General Meeting and one person representing the Norwegian Embassy.  

To serve on the NCCL Board is an excellent chance to be involved in the Norwegian-Latvian business community and to cooperate with relevant, professional stakeholders in developing the Chamber. All members have the right to stand for election. Information regarding vacant Board positions will be announced in February, ahead of the Annual General Meeting in March.  

The role and responsibility of the Board is described here.



Alf Erik Lundgrenn

Chairman

Alf Erik Lundgrenn is Managing Director of EBO Baltic. He is also the founder of several companies, such as Skandi Auto, the official importer and dealership for Mitsubishi in Latvia. His Latvian business experience started already in 1992 with the establishment of Latvisk Informasjons- og Handelssenter AS (Latvian Information & Trade Center) to attract Norwegian investors and businesses to Latvia. He also served as a board member of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA), with main responsibility for FDI. Alf Erik has a degree in Business Administration & Finance from the US, and work experience in the Norwegian finance & banking sector. Alf Erik has also been representing NCCL on the Board of the Foreign Investors´ Council in Latvia (FICIL) between 2015 and 2019.

Matiss Kukainis 

Vice-Chairman

Matiss was born and educated in the US and has been living and working in Latvia full-time since 2006. He is a dual US and Latvian citizen. He is a licensed attorney both in Latvia and the State of Illinois, USA. Matiss specializes in all aspects of real estate law, consulting on the sale, lease, inheritance and management of property. He has previously served on the board of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (2017-2019), the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (2008-2015), during which time he had the honor to serve as both a Vice President and President, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (2007-2009). Outside of the office Matiss has taught Business and International Law at various institutions in Latvia, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, amassing more than 1,300 direct classroom teaching hours. Matiss holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law (J.D.) from Michigan State University. He also holds a Master of Law Degree (LL.M.). in International and EU Law from the Riga Graduate School of Law.

Ilze Grase-Ķibilde

Board Member

Ilze Grase – Ķibilde has automotive experience in retail and wholesale since year 2000 in Baltic leading automotive brands such as VW, Audi, previously BMW and Toyota. Having management positions in sales and marketing, today being a leader of pan-Baltic company with 70 employees. Interested and passionate about business ideas and ongoing development not only in automotive world, but many business processes surrounding it. Fluent in Estonian, Russian, English with good knowledge of German and basic Norwegian. Energy comes from sharing new ideas, networking and bringing valuable input into projects and business opportunities. The potential to learn and give something lies in every new experience.

Knut Kvisvik

Board Member

Knut Kvisvik is CEO and owner of SIA Riga Norge, developing real estate with focus on regional Shopping Centers in cooperation with Norwegian investors New Agenda Partners, Sjølyst Utvikling, Riga Retail and others. Knut has been working with retail and real estate development in Eastern Europe for 20 years. He came to Latvia in 1997 as the first Country Manager of RIMI Latvia responsible for adapting the RIMI concept for implementation in the Baltic market. He successfully held this position for 6 years before RIMI was sold to Swedish/Dutch owners. Later he was General Manager of IKI Latvia, a Lithuanian food retail chain´s expanding to the Latvian market. He was also establishing a Hypermarket in Croatia for several years. His education is within Strategic IT system development and Retail Management.

Agnese Cimdina

Board member

Agnese Cimdina is former adviser at the Norwegian Embassy. She has extensive experience working with bilateral relations between Norway and Latvia. From 2018 she is working on her post-doctoral research on the expansion of Nordic companies to the Gulf region with a particular focus on sustainability and energy industry. Agnese holds a master and a PhD degree in Social Anthropology from University of Bergen, Norway. For several years she has been teaching business- and economic anthropology, development anthropology as well as international marketing and intercultural understanding for students in Norway (Ålesund University College) and Latvia (University of Latvia, Riga Stradins University). She has conducted research and published on such issues as Norwegian entrepreneurship in the Baltic States, culture of corruption, regional development, wellbeing, entrepreneurship and small innovations.

Harolds Bulmanis

Board member

Harolds Bulmanis is the General Manager of SIA SunCrisp, a Norwegian family owned group of companies. Initially, SunCrisp was a small business turnaround project, developing into a growth company specializing in snack carrots. Harolds began his career in advertising then working for the Coca-Cola system for 17 years. 12 of those years in Canada and 5 years in the Baltics, based out of Tallinn. After leaving Coca-Cola, he joined Carlsberg in Latvia (Aldaris) as the Business Development Director and moved the family to Riga. In 2012, he left the corporate world to join SunCrisp. Harolds does some guest lectures at the University of Latvia and at Riga Business School, and holds a business degree from the University of Toronto.

Lennart Rasmussen-Lagnehag

Board Member

Lennart Lagnehag is a hospitality executive with more than 25 years of experience in the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltics. He is the Director of the Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars - part of the Norwegian family-owned hotel group Nordic Choice Hotels with around 200 hotels in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the Baltics and more than 15,500 employees. Lennart is furthermore the Chairman of the Board of a National Hospitality Management Education in Sweden, and a board member in the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. Lennart moved to Latvia in 2017 and lives in Riga with his wife and 2 dogs.

Dace Dižbite-Ose

Embassy Representative

Dace Dižbite-Ose is adviser for Business Relations and EEA/Norway Grants at the Royal Norwegian Embassy. She has studied journalism, public relations and pedagogy at Volda University College and holds a Masters Degree in Media Studies from the University of Oslo. Dace is from Riga, but has lived in Norway for more than 25 years. She previously worked as a journalist in national newspapers in Latvia. For many years, Dace has taught media and communication subjects at Volda High School and been vital in developing the media specialisation line. Dace has also taught at Volda University College and worked in her family`s business in Norway. Her fields of interest are journalism, PR, market communication and graphic design.

Ilze Garoza

Executive Director

Ilze Garoza is the Executive Director of NCCL since September, 2018. Ilze has extensive experience in project management, event coordination and partnership building, both at a national and international level gained while working for non-profit organizations, educational, and research institutions in Latvia and in the United States. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Latvia. Ilze‘s relationship with Norway dates back to 1999/2000, when she studied and lived in Trøndelag and obtained a good knowledge and life-long interest in Norwegian language and culture.