Date & Time:

Monday, September 18th, 2023

8:00AM - 1:30PM


The Yale Club New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017


  • 8:00 – 8:27AM

    Registration, Breakfast & Networking

  • 8:27 – 8:30AM

    Welcome & Opening Remarks
    Baltic American Chamber of Commerce (BACC)

    • John Kissane, Partner at Watson Farley & Williams, Co-Founding Board Member of the BACC

      John Kissane

  • 8:30 – 8:40AM

    Welcome: NYC Mayor's Office

  • 8:40 – 9:20AM

    Mutual Benefits of U.S. Investment in the Baltics and Untapped Potential
    A panel discussion on Baltic market opportunities and challenges

    • Moderated by Parker Sheedy, Director of International Affairs and Strategic Growth for New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
    • U.S. company invested in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Blackstone; Nils Melngailis, Chairman, Luminor Group owned by Blackstone
    • Baltic States economic development officials:
      • Joonas Vänto, Director, Estonian Investment Agency, Enterprise Estonia
      • Kaspars Rožkalns, Director General at Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
      • Elijus Čivilis, General Director of Invest Lithuania

    Parker Sheedy
    Nils Melngailis
    Joonas Vänto
    Kaspars Rožkalns
    Elijus Čivilis

  • 9:20 – 10:00AM

    The U.S. - Baltic Trade Relationship
    A panel discussion focused on trade and perspectives between the U.S. and Baltic States

    • Moderated by Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director, Business Development, World Trade Centers Association, and Co-Chair, Advisory Council on Small Business, Export-Import Bank of the United States
    • U.S. officials:
      • Peter Sexton, Director of the Global Financial Services Team, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce in New York City
    • 3 Baltic companies involved in international trade:
      • Elizabeth Kiehner, Chief Growth Officer of Nortal (Estonia)
      • Sandis Kondrats, CEO of Exonicus (Latvia)
      • Dmitri Sobolevski, CEO of Glassbel Baltic (Lithuania)

      Robin van Puyenbroeck
      Peter Sexton
      Elizabeth Kiehner
      Sandis Kondrats
      Dmitri Sobolevski

  • 10:00 – 10:30AM

    Coffee Break & Networking

  • 10:30-11:00AM

    The Three Seas Initiative (3SI): Transatlantic Partnership

    • Moderated by Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
    • Speakers: Gediminas Varvuolis, Ambassador for 3SI, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
    • Dominykas Tuckus, Asset Management Director at Amber Infrastructure Group, Exclusive Advisor’ to 3SI Investment Fund

    Ian Brzezinski
    Gediminas Varvuolis
    Dominykas Tuckus

  • 11:00 – 11:40AM

    Keynote Address:

    • The Hon. Gitanas Nausėda, President of Lithuania
    • The Hon. Edgars Rinkēvičs President of Latvia
    • The Hon. Alar Karis, President of Estonia

    Moderated Conversation with the Baltic Presidents
    Moderated by Peter Spiegel, US managing editor of the Financial Times

    Gitanas Nausėda
    Edgars Rinkēvičs
    Alar Karis
    Peter Spiegel

  • 11:40 – 12:20PM

    Partnership between the U.S. and Baltic States in strengthening economies, and rebuilding Ukraine
    A panel discussion focused on cooperation in expanding economies’ relations, helping rebuild Ukraine

    • Moderated by Katya Soldak, New-York-based journalist and the editorial director of Forbes Media’s International Editions
    • Panelists: Edward Mermelstein, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs; Sergiy Glazunov, President & CEO rebuilding Ukraine Agency; Henri Klemmer, CEO of Hepta Airborne

    Katya Soldak
    Edward Mermelstein
    Henri Klemmer
    Sergiy Glazunov

  • 12:20 - 1:30PM

    Lunch with 3 Baltic Stars:

    • Moderated by Philip M. Berkowitz, Co-Chair, U.S. International and Financial Services Practice Group, Littler
    • Estonia's unicorn company Glia and its Co-founder & CSO Justin DiPietro
    • Latvia's unicorn company Printful and its Operations Strategic Partnerships and R&D Lead Krišjānis Ozols
    • Lithuania's largest investor in the U.S. Northway Biotech and its Founder & Chairman of Board of Directors and Advisory Board Dr. Vladas Bumelis

    Philip Berkowitz
    Justin DiPietro
    Krišjānis Ozols
    Dr. Vladas Bumelis

  • Closing Remarks & Networking

    Event Emcee: Jonathan Wachtel, Co-Founder of OurCo, Former Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations

    Jonathan Wachtel

Dress code: Business Attire

The agenda is subject to change

Breakfast and lunch will be served, and there will be coffee breaks

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