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 is also representing NCCL on the Board of the Foreign Investors´ Council in Latvia (FICIL) since 2015.

Antra Zalite

Vice Chairman

Antra Zalite is a management executive with more than 20 years of experience from business development, business processing, IT strategy and management consulting. She has been part of the development of Nordic´s leading IT company Visma in Latvia since 2015. Antra has led strategic business units in Accenture Latvia and been Head of SAP Baltic office.  She is also former Head of the Latvian Prime Minister's Office and LIAA´s Representative office in Kazakhstan. She started her career as Deputy Director General of the World Trade Center in Riga. Antra has a Bachelor in Linguistics from the University of Latvia, an MBA from Riga Business School, she is currently studying towards PhD degree in Business Administration in a joint doctoral program by Banku augstskola and RISEBA. 

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.

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 on a leave of absence conducting 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.

Gerhard Erasmus

Board member

Gerhard Erasmus is a hospitality & hotel management professional who has been working for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (operating the Radisson brand) for several years in Split, Croatia and St. Petersburg, Russia and before that at several leading hotels in his native country South Africa. He moved to Riga in 2015 to manage the Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabete, a property owned by Norwegian company Linstow and was later promoted to GM of the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & SPA Hotel. Gerhard has relevant experience in service marketing and business development and is passionate about promoting Riga and Latvia as tourist destination. He has a degree in Financial Management and in Hotel Management.

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.

Matiss Kukainis 

Board member

Matiss Kukainis is a licensed attorney both in the State of Illinois, USA, and in Latvia and is also a dual US and Latvian citizen. He has been living and working in Latvia full-time for the past 11 years and specializes in all aspects of Business Law and Real Estate Law.  Matiss has previously served on both the board of British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (2007-2009) and 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.  He has taught Business and International Law, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, amassing more than 1,300 direct classroom teaching hours. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Juris Doctor in Law from Michigan State University. He also holds an LL.M. in law from the Riga Graduate School of Law. 

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.