Leadership Team

Meet Our Expert Leadership Team

Aivars Lasmanis

Team Member #1


1.Chairman of the Board:

Role: Providing visionary leadership and strategic direction to iCERP.
Expertise: Over 40 years of experience in educational leadership, including roles as a teacher, headmaster, lecturer, and head of various educational institutions and organizations.
Qualifications: PhD in Education with a focus on Pedagogy, specializing in curriculum development, instructional design, and educational policy reform.


2.Chief Research Officer:

Role: Leading research initiatives and ensuring evidence-based practices.
Expertise: Pedagogy with a specialization in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Qualifications: PhD in Education in the field of Pedagogy.


3.Head of Technological Development:


Role: Ensuring iCERP stays at the forefront of innovation in technology.
Expertise: Passion for edtech, keen eye for emerging trends.
Qualifications: Brings extensive experience in the integration of technology into educational programs.


Irēna Žogla

Team Member #2


Professor Emeritus, Latvian State Emeritus Scientist:


Role: Providing academic and research expertise to iCERP.
Expertise: Teaching-learning processes, teacher education, scientific guidance, and international cooperation.
Qualifications: Dr.habil.paed, Latvian State Emeritus Scientist.


Irēna Žogla – Dr.habil.paed, holds the title of Latvian State Emeritus scientist, is a profesor Emeritus of the University of Latvia. Her academic and research profile includes the process of teaching-learning and teacher education, scientific guidance, and expertise of doctoral research, as well as participation at and guidance of more than 20 international and local research and practical projects. Publications exceed 80 items, Hirsh index 3. The experience of international cooperation gained at the Association of teacher education in Europe (ATEE) including the activities as a member of its administrative council, as well as a participant of the American Educational Research Association; currently she is a coordinator of an ERASMUS+ project at the University of Latvia.




Gundega Lasmane

Team Member #3


iCERP Education Methodologist and Andragogy Researcher:

Role: Contributing to the development of educational methodologies in adult education.
Expertise: Research in andragogy, Master of Medicine (MMed), Adult Educator (AE) since 2022.


Jeļena Beitāne

Team Member #4

The main financial consultant in iCERP plays a crucial role in ensuring the effective management of financial resources to support the organization’s objectives in adult education, research, and technological development.

1.The primary responsibilities include:
1.Financial Planning: Developing comprehensive financial plans aligned with the organization’s strategic objectives and long-term goals.
2.Budgeting and Forecasting: Creating and managing budgets, conducting financial forecasting to anticipate future financial needs and challenges.
3.Investment Management: Advising on investment strategies and managing the organization’s financial assets to maximize returns while mitigating risks.
4.Financial Reporting: Providing accurate and timely financial reports to stakeholders, including management, board of directors, and funding agencies.
5.Compliance and Risk Management: Ensuring compliance with financial regulations and internal policies, identifying and managing financial risks.
6.Strategic Financial Advice: Offering strategic financial advice to support decision-making processes and optimize resource allocation.
7.Funding and Grants Management: Identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and managing grant funds effectively.
8.Financial Stakeholder Engagement: Building and maintaining relationships with financial stakeholders, such as investors, donors, lenders, and government agencies.

2.Expertise of the Main Financial Consultant
The main financial consultant are possess a diverse range of expertise to effectively fulfill their role within the organization. Key areas of expertise include:
1.Financial Analysis and Modeling: Strong analytical skills to interpret financial data, perform financial modeling, and assess the financial health of the organization.
2.Strategic Financial Management: Ability to develop and implement financial strategies aligned with organizational objectives and industry best practices.
3.Investment and Portfolio Management: Knowledge of investment principles, asset allocation strategies, and risk management techniques to optimize investment returns.
4.Grant Writing and Fundraising: Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and donor relations to secure funding for the organization’s projects and initiatives.
5.Regulatory Compliance: Understanding of relevant financial regulations, accounting standards, and compliance requirements to ensure legal and regulatory adherence.
6.Technological Proficiency: Familiarity with financial software and tools for budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting, as well as emerging technologies relevant to financial management.
7.Communication and Collaboration: Excellent communication skills to convey complex financial information effectively to diverse stakeholders and collaborate with cross-functional teams.

3. Qualifications of the Main Financial Consultant:
1.Education: A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or a related field.
2.Professional Certifications: Professional certifications.
3.Relevant Experience: Extensive experience in financial management roles, in the education sector and nonprofit organizations. Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and project finance.
4.Industry Knowledge: Deep understanding of adult education, research, and technological development, as well as familiarity with the challenges and opportunities within the field.
5.Leadership and Management Skills: Demonstrated leadership abilities, strategic thinking, and team management skills to effectively lead the financial function and collaborate with other departments.
6.Ethical Standards: Adherence to high ethical standards and integrity in financial decision-making, with a commitment to transparency and accountability.

By ensuring that the main financial consultant possesses the appropriate role, expertise, and qualifications, the iCERP can effectively manage its financial resources and support its mission of advancing adult education and research.


Rūta Karlsone

Team Member #5


Chief Consultant (Best ICERP Project Manager 2020-2023):


Role: Overseeing projects and providing consultancy expertise.

Expertise: Andragogy researcher, Adult Educator (AE).

Qualifications: Recognized as the best ICERP project manager in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.


Linda Strazdiņa

Team Member #6


Project Manager:


Roles: Managing day-to-day operations, ensuring smooth program execution.
Expertise: Background in project management, optimizing organizational processes and resources.
Qualifications: Linda has been a project manager since 2022.


Madara Birča

Team Member #7


Chief Project Designer :


Roles: Managing day-to-day operations, ensuring smooth program execution.
Expertise: Background in project management, optimizing organizational processes and resources.
Qualifications: Madara is the chief project designer since 2022.


Kristiāns Valters Freimanis

Team Member #8


Project Manager:


Roles: Managing day-to-day operations, ensuring smooth program execution.
Expertise: Background in project management, optimizing organizational processes and resources.
Qualifications: Kristiāns joined as a project manager in 2023.


Together, our diverse and experienced leadership team at iCERP is dedicated to driving innovation, research, and positive social change in the field of adult education. Join us as we shape the future of education and work towards building a sustainable knowledge society.

Aivars Lasmanis

Chairman of the Board, The International Centre for Educational Research and Practice (iCERP)