Lifetime Achievement

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Lithunian Foundation, USA

Lithuanian Foundation is rewarded for long-term funding of Lithuanian diaspora projects, heritage and language preservation in Lithuanian communities around the world.

Investments Brought to Lithuania

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Tadas Vizgirda, Harbortouch, Lithuania

Tadas Vizgirda, born and raised in the USA, has built his life and career in Lithuania since early 1990s. In 2014, he convinced the management of “Revel Systems“ to choose Lithuania for their European subsidiary, this year one more of his projects Harbortouch“  started its first operations outside the USA and is now also based in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Global Experience for Lithuanian Business

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Rūta Laukien, Investment Ambassador, USA

Rūta Laukien has lived in the USA since her studies. After her impressive career in investment banking on Wall Street, she indulged in the project promoting Lithuanian artists and designers in the creative manner of a high-class restaurant in Boston Liquid Art House”. She is the most active Investment Ambassador connecting “Invest Lithuania” with top managers of international companies and assuring access to exclusive investment conferences.

Global Innovations Go Lithuania

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Linas Mažutis, VU Institute of Biotechnology, Lithuania

After many years of studies and work at Strasbourg and Harvard universities, in 2011, VU alumnus dr. Linas Mažutis came back to Lithuania and together with professor A. Janulaitis established the Laboratory of Microtechnologies working with droplet microfluidics. It became the point of attraction and learning facility for talented scientists. Besides, Linas runs biotechnological start-up Droplet Genomics“.

Global Lithuanian Connectors for Change

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Marius Jurgilas, Bank of Lithuania, Lithuania

Still at Connecticut University in the USA, Marius Jurgilas in cooperation with other Lithuanian researchers in Economics initiated the eight-year old tradition of Annual Conference of Researchers in Economics which grew into a strong network. As the Board Member of  the Bank of Lithuania, he initiated a number of reforms of financial sector, brought on board international researchers for formulation of decisions of strategic importance.

Global Experience to Local Change

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Dovydas Kaminskas, Tauragė Municipality, Lithuania / Denmark

After studies and work in Denmark, Dovydas Kaminskas came back to his home town Tauragė upon the invitation of newly elected mayor. Thanks to his efforts,  Tauragė became the first Global Region in Lithuania with the special registration platform for all global Tauragė-borns. Besides, Tauragė joined sister-city platform UBC – United Baltic Cities and their projects.

Už Lietuvoje gimusių idėjų sklaidą pasaulyje

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Daumantas Dvilinskas, Justinas Lasevičius, Arnas Lukoševičius, Edvinas Šeršniovas, TransferGo, Lithuania/ UK

“TransferGo“ was founded while searching for cheaper and faster alternatives to regular bank transfers. Start-up grew into solid platform of international payments, in five years attracted about 13 million USD in investments, the most recent of which came this year from Swedish Board of Risk Capital Funds. This year, D. Dvilinskas got among Forbes Top 30 under 30 in Finance in Europe.

Special Acknowledgement

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Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians, USA

Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians  was established in 2007 by the active community of Lithuanian enterpreneurs who have been using it as the platform for charity fundraising for numerous projects in Lithuania: insulin pumps for children with diabetes, mother-milk bank in Kaunas, rehabilitation centre of children with cancer in Vilnius and many more.

Lithuanian Names Famous Globally

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Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Ivane Ksnelashvili ir Dominykas Daunys (KILD), Lithuania

KILD project  was selected to design and construct Yangjaegogae Bridge over 11 line highway connecting two mountain ranges in Southern Seoul.  The selection panel paid attention to the integral nature of the project playing with natural surroundings and lanscape of South Korea.

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