Directors & Project Managers

Directors

Dr. Prof. Assoc. Andrius Jarzemskis
Chairman of the Board, Director at Lithuanian office

Andrius Jarzemskis is Doctor of Technology Sciences (2005), Master of Business Administration (2001). Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2003. Researcher in a couple of EU Horizon2020/FP7/FP6 projects such as TINNGO, PORTIS, SUITS, METPEX, AP2050+, TRANSNEW, CLOSER, COFRET, BESFTACT, BESTUFS II, BELOGIC, Interreg projects EAST-WEST, INLOC, NELOC, INTRASEA, NCB CORE. Main economic policy research focus is on sustainable mobility, energy and environment. Andrius also is associated professor at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. IPMA certified project manager.

The most important service contracts:

  • Study on the evaluation of road freight cabotage across Europe. For European Parliament (2012).
  • The Economic and Financial Impacts of Regulation 1370/2007. For the European Commission (2015).
  • Study on the cost and contribution of the rail sector. For European Commission (2015).
  • Comprehensive Study on passenger transport by coach in Europe. For European Commission (2015).
  • Study of options for the security of European high-speed and International rail services For European Commission (2015).
  • Drafting National Air Pollution Reduction Plan. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Climate Change reduction and mitigation plan. For National Government (2019).
  • Drafting and Consulting on National Long Term Transport and Communication Programme.  For National Government (2014).
  • Ex post evaluation of National structural funds Programme 2007-2013 efficiency in energy sector. For National Government (2017).
  • Ex ante evaluation of National 2014-2020 EU Structural funds Programme. For National Government (2014).

Ieva Girdvainiene
Deputy director at Lithuanian office, Member of the Board

Ieva Girdvainiene has a Master degree in Economics.  Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2012. Researcher in EU Horizon2020 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITSMETPEX.  The main economic policy research focus is on public sector management, research and innovation, education sector.

The most important service contracts:

  • The Economic and Financial Impacts of Regulation 1370/2007. For the European Commission (2015).
  • Study on the cost and contribution of the rail sector. For European Commission (2015).
  • Comprehensive Study on passenger transport by coach in Europe. For European Commission (2015).
  • Drafting National Research Smart Specialisation Programme priorities. For National Government (2014).
  • Consulting on consolidation National innovation and business support agencies. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Strategy on Vocational Training Internationalisation. For National Government (2019).
  • Evaluation of AIKOS and PLOTEUS tools efficiency. For National Government (2017).
  • Evaluation of EUROPASS efficiency and spread at National level. For National Government (2017).
  • Drafting the National Plan for Higher Education Network optimisation. For National Government (2018).
  • Concept of external assurance of higher education quality and National level. For National Government (2014).

Gints Turlajs
Director at Latvian office

Gints Turlajs has MSc Degree in Business Economics. He is board member of Economists Association of Latvia. More than 15 years of experience in consulting and university teaching.

Project Managers - Leading Researchers

Gintare Vitkauskaite
Project Manager

Gintare Vitkauskaite has University degree in Business Administration. Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2013. Researcher in  EU Horizon2020 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITSMETPEX.  The main economic policy research focus is on research and innovation, education, culture sector.

The most important service contracts:

  • The Economic and Financial Impacts of Regulation 1370/2007. For the European Commission (2015).
  • Drafting National Research Smart Specialisation Programme priorities. For National Government (2014).
  • Consulting on consolidation National innovation and business support agencies. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Strategy on Vocational Training Internationalisation. For National Government (2019).
  • Evaluation of AIKOS and PLOTEUS tools efficiency. For National Government (2017).
  • Evaluation of EUROPASS efficiency and spread at National level. For National Government (2017).
  • Drafting the National Plan for Higher Education Network optimisation. For National Government (2018).
  • Concept of external assurance of higher education quality and National level. For National Government (2014).

Elzbieta Germanovic
Project Manager

Elzbieta Germanovic has Master degree in Business Administration (2011). Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2013. Researcher in EU Horizon2020 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITS.  The main research focus is on sustainable education and environment policy.

The most important service contracts in Smart Continent:

  • Drafting the National Plan for Higher Education School Network optimisation. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Air Pollution Reduction Plan. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Climate Change reduction and mitigation plan. For National Government (2019).
  • Study and drafting the National Funding principles for Pre-School education. For National Government (2018).
  • Design of full-time employment based teachers salary system. For National Government (2018).

Justas Jasevicius
Project Manager, Jr.

Justas Jasevicius has Bachelor degree in Social sciences. Justas joined Smart Continent in 2019, beforeHe is worked for National transport agency under Ministry of Transport and Communication.  He is specialising in the field of sustainable mobility, climate change and efficient energy as policy researcher and consultant.  Currently Justas is seeking for Master degree in Economics at Vilnius University.

Egle Merkiene
Project Manager

Egle Merkiene has experience since 2005 in assistance SMEs in research and technology funding programs. She is specializing in  R&D and innovation.  Number of succesful project application is prepared for such programmes as Horizon 2020, SME Instrument, Interreg, EUREKA.

Justinas Martinkus
Analyst, Sn.

Justinas Martinkus has University degree in Policy sciences. He joined Smart Continent since 2018. Justinas is specialising in public policy research and evaluations.

Directors

Dr. Prof. Assoc. Andrius Jarzemskis
Chairman of the Board, Director at Lithuanian office

Andrius Jarzemskis is Doctor of Technology Sciences (2005), Master of Business Administration (2001). 16 years experience in public policy consulting and research. Researcher in a couple of EU Horizon2020/FP7/FP6 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITSMETPEXAP2050+, TRANSNEW, CLOSER, COFRET, BESFTACT, BESTUFS II, BELOGIC, Interreg projects EAST-WEST, INLOC, NELOC, INTRASEA, NCB CORE. Main economic policy research focus is on sustainable mobility, energy and environment. Andrius also is associated professor at Vilnius Gediminas Technical UniversityIPMA certified project manager.

The most important service contracts:

  • Study on the evaluation of road freight cabotage across Europe. For European Parliament (2012).
  • The Economic and Financial Impacts of Regulation 1370/2007. For the European Commission (2015).
  • Study on the cost and contribution of the rail sector. For European Commission (2015).
  • Comprehensive Study on passenger transport by coach in Europe. For European Commission (2015).
  • Study of options for the security of European high-speed and International rail services For European Commission (2015).
  • Drafting National Air Pollution Reduction Plan. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Climate Change reduction and mitigation plan. For National Government (2019).
  • Drafting and Consulting on National Long Term Transport and Communication Programme.  For National Government (2014).
  • Ex post evaluation of National structural funds Programme 2007-2013 efficiency in energy sector. For National Government (2017).
  • Ex ante evaluation of National 2014-2020 EU Structural funds Programme. For National Government (2014).

Ieva Girdvainiene
Deputy director at Lithuanian office, Member of the Board

Ieva Girdvainiene has a Master degree in Economics. Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2012. Researcher in EU Horizon2020 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITSMETPEX.  The main economic policy research focus is on public sector management, research and innovation, education sector.

The most important service contracts:

  • The Economic and Financial Impacts of Regulation 1370/2007. For the European Commission (2015).
  • Study on the cost and contribution of the rail sector. For European Commission (2015).
  • Comprehensive Study on passenger transport by coach in Europe. For European Commission (2015).
  • Drafting National Research Smart Specialisation Programme priorities. For National Government (2014).
  • Consulting on consolidation National innovation and business support agencies. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Strategy on Vocational Training Internationalisation. For National Government (2019).
  • Evaluation of AIKOS and PLOTEUS tools efficiency. For National Government (2017).
  • Evaluation of EUROPASS efficiency and spread at National level. For National Government (2017).
  • Drafting the National Plan for Higher Education Network optimisation. For National Government (2018).
  • Concept of external assurance of higher education quality and National level. For National Government (2014).

Gints Turlajs
Partner, Director

Gints Turlajs has MSc Degree in Business Economics. He is board member of Economists Association of Latvia. More than 15 years of experience in consulting and university teaching.

Project managers - Leading Researchers

Gintare Vitkauskaite
Project Manager

Gintare Vitkauskaite has University degree in Business Administration. Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2013. Researcher in EU Horizon2020 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITSMETPEX.  The main economic policy research focus is on research and innovation, education, culture sector.

The most important service contracts:

  • The Economic and Financial Impacts of Regulation 1370/2007. For the European Commission (2015).
  • Drafting National Research Smart Specialisation Programme priorities. For National Government (2014).
  • Consulting on consolidation National innovation and business support agencies. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Strategy on Vocational Training Internationalisation. For National Government (2019).
  • Evaluation of AIKOS and PLOTEUS tools efficiency. For National Government (2017).
  • Evaluation of EUROPASS efficiency and spread at National level. For National Government (2017).
  • Drafting the National Plan for Higher Education Network optimisation. For National Government (2018).
  • Concept of endurance of higher education quality and National level. For National Government (2014).

Elzbieta Germanovic
Project Manager

Elzbieta Germanovic has Master degree in Business Administration (2011). Experience in public policy consulting and research since 2013. Researcher in EU Horizon2020 projects such as TINNGOPORTISSUITS.  The main research focus is on sustainable education and environment policy.

The most important service contracts in Smart Continent:

  • Drafting the National Plan for Higher Education School Network optimisation. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Air Pollution Reduction Plan. For National Government (2018).
  • Drafting National Climate Change reduction and mitigation plan. For National Government (2019).
  • Study and drafting the National Funding principles for Pre-School education. For National Government (2018).
  • Design of full-time employment based teachers salary system. For National Government (2018).

Justas Jasevicius
Project Manager, Jr.

Justas Jasevicius has Bachelor degree in Social sciences. Justas joined Smart Continent in 2019, beforeHe is worked for National transport agency under Ministry of Transport and Communication.  He is specialising in the field of sustainable mobility, climate change and efficient energy as policy researcher and consultant.  Currently Justas is seeking for Master degree in Economics at Vilnius University.

Egle Merkiene
Project Manager

Egle Merkiene has experience since 2005 in assistance SMEs in research and technology funding programs. She is specializing in  R&D and innovation.  Number of succesful project application is prepared for such programmes as Horizon 2020, SME Instrument, Interreg, EUREKA.

Justinas Martinkus
Analyst, Sn.

Justinas Martinkus has University degree in Policy sciences. He joined Smart Continent since 2018. Justinas is specialising in public policy research and evaluations.