Institution: Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

Zane Varpina

Zane Varpina is Faculty Advisor at Bachelor and Executive MBA programmes and teaches the Research Methods course to both our Master and Bachelor programme students, as well as Market Research in Bachelor programme.

Zane is Associate Professor at SSE Riga as of 2020 and was Assistant Professor since 2013. Zane has broad researcher experience in the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS).

(Last updated June 2023)

Kata Fredheim

Kata Fredheim is Executive Vice President of Partnership and Strategy, Associate Professor in Economics and Business at SSE Riga and Research Fellow at BICEPS.

As a social anthropologist, Kata’s research focuses on migration, internationalization, and higher education. Her most recent work is on Ukraine. She directs courses in Economic Anthropology, Market Research, and Global Challenges, and serving as the director of the Women in Leadership executive course.

(Last updated June 2023)

Tālis J. Putniņš

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Talis Putnins is a Professor in the Finance Discipline Group at UTS and a member of the Quantitative Finance Research Centre. He has also held positions at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and New York University.

His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, and Experimental Economics. Talis is the recipient of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC). Talis has done consulting and policy work for governments, stock exchanges, and financial institutions and served as an expert witness in legal cases.

His main research interests include financial markets, market microstructure, asset pricing, market manipulation, insider trading, and shadow economies.

(Last updated February 2020)

Arnis Sauka

Arnis Sauka

Dr. Arnis Sauka is Professor and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Siegen (Germany) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.).

His academic research findings, which deal with the shadow economy, productive and unproductive entrepreneurship, strategic management and internationalisation have been published in peer reviewed journals, including Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, International Small Business Journal and Journal of Comparative Economics as well as a number of edited books and book chapters. Arnis has also been extensively involved in applied research, including contracted reports for the OECD, European Commission as well as for various industry associations and NGOs. Arnis Sauka is co-author of the annual Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries (with Prof. Tālis J. Putniņš, since 2009), author of the annual FICIL Sentiment Index (in cooperation with Foreign Investors Council in Latvia, since 2015), author of the annual study on the Shadow Economy in the Construction Industry in Latvia (in cooperation with the Partnership of Latvian Construction Entrepreneurs, since 2015), amongst others.

He has participated in and/ or acting as a project manager in several big-scale international projects and has also been involved in management and consultancy activities, including working as Vice-Rector for Studies and Research at Ventspils University College (2011-2013). Arnis is a board member of the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia (since 2019), NGO BASE (Business Against the Shadow Economy) (since 2015). From 2011-2014 he was Advisor to the Minister of Health on Financial and Economic Issues. He has organized various events, including academic and applied conferences, workshops, seminars, as well as is a frequent speaker in the national media commenting economic and business-related issues.

(Last updated March 2020)