Investments to Lithuania
Gint Baukus, Molycorp, USA
Gint Baukus worked as an HR Officer at “Western Union” when the corporation was considering expansion to Central Europe. Thanks to his timely notice and information he has gathered and provided to the company, Lithuania appeared on the short list and eventually was selected as investment destination. Presently, it is the largest WU office in the world with roughly 2000 employees.
Aras Pranckevičius, Unity Technologies, Lithuania
Having been interested in programming since high-school, Aras Pranckevičius was noticed by ambitious Danish game development start-uppers as an exceptional talent, and thus became a part of “Unity’s” team from the very beginning. Later on, more and more developers from Lithuania have joined the company, and the growing number of talent from our country brought the company here. They now have two offices with almost 100 employees.
Jurgis Pašukonis, Trafi, Lithuania
Jurgis Pašukonis surprised “Adform” management by his outstanding talent in development projects related to internet advertising optimization. In search for more talent like Mr. Pašukonis, “Adform” established a subsidiary in Vilnius in 2006. By now, it has become the largest “Adform” office in the world with more than 500 employees and has received numerous awards for being the best employer in the country.
Global Innovations Go Lithuania
Feliksas Bukauskas, Albert Einstein Medical College, USA
In 2016, Feliksas Bukauskas donated scientific equipment and genetically modified cell lines worth 350.000 USD to Lithuanian University of Medical Sciences in Kaunas. It encouraged and enabled the university to form a group of scientists who deploy the most modern technology and methodologies for clustering of GJ channels into junctional plaques (JPs) for medical purposes.
Remigijus Gaška, President and CEO of Sensor Electronic Technology, USA
Since 1999, dr. Remigijus Gaška has been collaborating with scientists of Vilnius University by providing them an opportunity to carry out research on nitride semiconductors in the USA. At the time, the research objects were only available in a few laboratories worldwide. A Vilnius University alumnus, dr. Gaška visits his alma matter annually to discuss most recent research topics and speak during optoelectronics seminar. In 2011, he established a scholarship in his name to fund talented Lithuanian Physics students, and every year he selects two most promising graduation projects and provides financing for their further development.
Global Experience for Lithuanian Business
Paulius Kunčinas, Oxford Business Group, Malaysia
Three years ago, he took initiative to establish Lithuania Malaysia Business Council meant to encourage bilateral cooperation. In 2016, Paulius Kunčinas, together with Investors Forum and Free Market Institute, brought to Lithuania unusual lobbying initiative called Fatal Leap (Lemiamas šuolis) for Social Tax Max, employment visas and construction permits as key actions for promoting Lithuanian economy.
Tomas Navardauskas, Aciety, Israel
He started his career in the Netherlands, then returned to Lithuania and started his own company Toglita. Nowadays, he works as Country Manager of Aciety in Tel Aviv and is actively engaged in the activities of The Israel Lithuania Technology Hub building relationships with industry experts across the IT and LS sectors, forging strong partnerships between Israeli and Lithuanian companies.
Darius Vaškelis, One Window Partners, USA
Darius Vaškelis is an active business advisor under GLL business mentorship program eagerly sharing his knowledge of the US market, professional connections and business contacts. His most recent mentees include “Teamgate”, “Otangle”, and “Jobrely”. Besides, Darius consults “Infobalt” association on best ways to promote Lithuanian IT companies in the US market.
Local Impact of Global Experience
Matas Jakovlevas, Tomas Kairys, Traukos slėnis, Anykščiai, Lithuania
In 2013, they came back from Denmark and Norway to their native town Anykščiai and established water board sports center “Wake Pond” on Pagojė lake. In December 2015, they introduced one more service – “Cosmos Pauksčių Takas”. The entertainment rooms, located in Anykščiai and Vilnius, feature mirrored walls that, with the help of special lighting, create an infinity sensation.
Evaldas Masevičius, Evaldo daržovės, Šalčininkai, Lithuania
In 2000, Evaldas Masevičius came back from UK to his native village near Šalčininkai and started growing spices and herbs. At the time, he was a pioneer of such business, but today he is one of the biggest vegetable suppliers in Lithuania with a vast range of herbs and lettuce. The company employs 65 people, most of which are locals from the village.
Jonas Sluckus, BIGSO, Akmenė, Lithuania
In 2005, after acquiring experience in Sweden and Norway, Jonas Sluckus came back to Lithuania and took initiative to promote Venta (Akmenė region) as the investment destination for cardboard production line of Swedish company “Bigso”, which already had a facility in Šiauliai and was expanding rapidly. Now it is known as a modern international facility with 400 employees, 21 export destinations, and large international clients (including “IKEA”).
Global Friend of Lithuania
Kenjiro Tamaki, Japan Lithuania Exchange Center, Japan
In 2013, Kenjiro Tamaki established Japan Lithuania Exchange Center which operates as an NGO and aims to strengthen the economic as well as scientific cooperation between two countries while promoting Lithuania in Japan. Bearing a great amount of experience in international business, he consults Lithuanian companies on the topics of export and business environment, helps to find partners in Japan, organizes events about Lithuania in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohoma, Hiratsuka, Yaotsu.
Pietro Umberto Dini, Italy
He is inspired by the unique heritage of Lithuanian ethnicity and language and has been performing research on the latter for over 30 years. Pietro Umberto Dini has written numerous Baltics studies in Lithuanian, Italian, and English. He has translated and published a variety of Lithuanian fiction pieces in Italian. Moreover, he wrote monography “Martyno Mažvydo Šv. Ambraziejaus giesmė”.
Francina Baeten Van den Brande, Belgium
She is the founder of Belgian and Lithuanian friendship association in Flandria. By her initiative, for 16 years Duffel town has celebrated the Independence Day of Lithuania on every February 16. This celebration is attended by Lithuanian officials and community, local enthusiasts, and is widely promoted in local media. Ms. Van den Brande also regularly supports schools and hospitals throughout Lithuania and organizes summer camps for children from Lithuanian foster homes.
Lithuanian City of London Club
This special recognition of Global Lithuanian Awards is dedicated to the Lithuanian City of London Club, which unites professionals of finance, law, business consulting and academia in London on the occasion of the 10th anniversary since their establishment. It is the key networking platform for Lithuanian professionals working in the City of London and an influential voice of Global Lithuanians. The Club facilitates social networking, charitable events and wide array of topical discussion with business, political and other leaders from Lithuania and the UK to foster professional and intellectual interaction between Club members and the Lithuanian society. The club also holds a significant input towards developing the image of Lithuania internationally and attracting investments to the home country.