Rihards Kols

Member, Latvian Parliament
Taus Nohrlind

Managing Director, Institute for Global Expansion

Institute for Global Expansion is an academic-commercial collaboration, aiming to improving the ways SMEs internationalise. On the policy side, we aim to contribute to improving framework conditions for SME expansion, global trade, making research, knowledge and structures available to governments, trade associations and international institutions. On the commercial side, we aim to create a model for Accelerated Global Expansion for SMEs and Born Global Start-Ups. It will be an all-inclusive solution comprising international strategy, strategic management, market development, sales support and funding.
Hirona Matayoshi

Professor, Yokohama National University International Strategy Organization

Professor Hirona Matayoshi is a Professor in Applied Linguistics at Yokohama National University. She earned her B.A in Political Science at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and her M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education (Applied Linguistics & TESOL) at the Temple University Graduate School (College of Education) in Philadelphia, USA. Professor Hirona Matayoshi is bilingual in English, Japanese, and Semi-lingual in the Okinawan language (designated as an endangered language by the UNESCO since 2009). Prior to joining the faculty at Yokohama National University, she was an Associate Professor at Osaka Seikei University Department of Global Tourism and Business, she was an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Language and Culture at Osaka University, a Lecturer at Rikkyo University and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Matayoshi's research centers around 3 themes: The first theme is based upon Bilingual Education that focuses upon the preservation of indigenous languages and culture. The second theme is Applied Linguistics (Curriculum Development) including governmental policies (OECD) architecturally influencing global education. The third theme is using the first and second themes to examine and assist Intangible Heritage volunteer groups to sustain their cultural heritage (language, art, and architecture) through merging all possibilities to promote and reconstruct.
Giovanni Vignato

Instructor, FIDE (World Chess Federation)

Shahid Farooq

Advisor Social Protection, Sub-National Governance Program, Oxford Policy Management