We are here to help companies in achieving their sustainability and social responsibility ambitions
The role of businesses is changing. Expectations towards companies increase. Society at large, but investors and international partners, in particular, put a significant focus on environmental, social and governance principles, also known as the ESG. Assessment of these risks as part of your business plans is essential when making investment decisions and ensuring presence in the supply chain. Therefore companies are encouraged to pay more attention to the ESG standards as they are directly linked to company performance and results.
We combine professionals with different backgrounds to help companies create and communicate their sustainability and social responsibility ambitions.
Elina has 15+ years of experience managing reputations and communication of large companies and high level officials in Latvia and abroad. She has previously lead NATO Riga Summit Press Office, worked in the team of the President of Latvia and Microsoft EMEA team at Weber Shandwick in London, as well as participated in the internship program in a leading international sustainability non-profit - Forum for the Future. Elīna is among Vīlands Associates senior team since foundation in 2013 and Partner as of 2018, leading new business development. During this time she has consulted Mobilly, Volkswagen, Uber, Virši, Finance Latvia Assocation, Olainfarm, Swedbank and other clients. Elīna also leads the annual measurement on businesses and public expectations (USG). She is currently developing a new direction within the company called VA Purpose that will support our clients in their sustainability ambitions.
After 17 years in corporate communication, in 2013 Ralfs founded the corporate communication Vīlands Associates and in 2017 became a partner of a full-service government relations and public affairs firm VA Government. Ralfs has specialised in corporate reputation issues, brand improvement, representation of interests and crisis communication. During 20 years, advice has also been provided to BP Amoco, Hansabanka, and for the accession of Latvia to the EU, Latvia Finance Association, Uber and others. At present he is advising Maxima, Swedbank. RB Rail and others. He is interested in economics. politics, quality literature and journalism, good movies, alpine skiing as well as seeing the inner workings of things. Ralfs is particularly interested in the changes in the market economy at a time when it is becoming the stakeholders capitalism. The importance of environmental, social and governance principles is growing in society, but especially among investors and international partners. The ability to advise clients in the new circumstances seems particularly important to Ralfs.
Vladlens has been involved in the assistance of multiple businesses in the tech, packaging, FMCG and green energy sectors. Since 2017 Vladlens is managing partner of a public affairs firm VA Government whose specializations include government relations and campaign management related to green energy, sustainable packaging management and digitalization issues. Vladlens holds a BSc degree in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and has completed Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at American University in Washington, D.C. Alongside youth activism, green policy, and foreign affairs, he is interested in active civic participation in the fields of non-governmental and public benefit organizations, being a Co-Founder of a non-profit Global Shapers Riga by the World Economic Forum.
Ligita has more than a decade of work experience in the field of communications. Holding a professional Master’s degree in public relations and a Bachelor’s degree for social sciences in political science, Ligita specialises in strategic planning and the management of communications for clients who are operating in the fields of transport, construction, and engineering technologies. Thanks to her long-term experience, she successfully creates content which unifies the interests of both clients and media. Ligita manages the implementation of the communications strategy for the Baltic States’ largest infrastructure project – Rail Baltica.
Elīza Lazdāne joined VA Government in 2017. On daily basis Elīza works with clients from technology, transport, finance and FMCG industries. She has gained her previous experience in various fields – including the Assurance Department at Ernst & Young Baltic and Public Affairs Department of the U.S. Embassy in Riga. She has graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga earning a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business and gained additional experience during her exchange in Barcelona, studying in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Elīza has been actively involved in the field of non-governmental organizations, including being a part of the organisers and media team in The Second World Latvian Economics and Innovation Forum. Elīza’s hobbies include improvisation theatre, music and traveling.