Mark Lee Hunter, Programme Director

Mark Lee Hunter is an Adjunct Professor at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, where he is the founding member of the Stakeholder Media Project. He is a founding member and former guiding committee member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. His manuals for investigative reporters, Story-Based Inquiry (UNESCO 2009) and The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook (UNESCO 2012), are the most widely-distributed works in the history of their field. With Luk N. Van Wassenhove and Maria Besiou, he is the author of Power is Everywhere: How stakeholder-driven media are capturing a future in the news industry, and how they can build your future, scheduled for publication by the Stakeholder Media Project in fall 2016. 

His other books include a case-cracking investigation of a murder that implicated the top ranks of the Paris art world and government and an inquiry into France’s extreme right party, the National Front, that included sitting on its education council as a declared observer.

Hunter earned his doctorate in Sciences de l’Information at the Université de Paris II/Panthéon-Assas, and his undergraduate degree at Harvard College. His recent scholarly articles have appeared in Sloan MIT Management Review, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Reputation Review, The New York Times Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, and many others.

He has won two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards (for reporting and research on journalism), along with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for research on journalism, the H.L. Mencken Free Press Award for investigation of government abuses, the National Headliners and Clarion Awards for feature writing, and two EFMD Awards for case-writing on business issues. His documentary on France’s alcohol lobby, Liquorgate (Arte), was selected for the FIPA international festival. When not working, he plays slide guitar.

Yuri Romanenkov, Strategy Module

Yuri Romanenkov is the Executive Vice President of Development and a Business Administration faculty member at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. He has been Course Director for Strategy at SSE Riga since 2015, after serving as a guest lecturer from 2009-13 and teaching undergraduate micro- and macroeconomics at Harvard College in 2013-14. Yuri has also taught a range of executive education courses with a focus on strategy, marketing and sales.

Prior to joining SSE Riga, Yuri worked for 10 years as a management consultant, most recently with the Boston Consulting Group at the firm’s London office and previously with the Strategy Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. He worked with leading businesses and governments around Europe and the United States on strategy, innovation, marketing and sales, organisational design, operations and other executive topics.

Yuri holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Economics and Business from SSE Riga.

Drew Sullivan
, Leadership Module
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Drew Sullivan is a journalist and serial entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program, where he now serves as editor, and co-founded the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programmes worldwide.

Under his editorship, his teams’ stories have led to more than $2.5 billion being frozen or seized, 80 people arrested or indicted, 10 politicians resigning, including the Bosnian prime minister, and many other impacts. 

His work has been awarded the European Press Prize, the Daniel Pearl Award (twice), the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting (twice), the Global Shining Light Award (four times), the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting (twice), and dozens of others. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for The Tennessean newspaper and the Associated Press.

He has served on the boards of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Before becoming a journalist, he was a professional stand-up comedian and an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project. 

Liam Ulvhag, Leadership Module

Liam Ulvhag is a strategic consultant who specializes in assisting businesses in the practical development and implementation of their strategies. As a consultant he enjoys challenging his clients, and he has an impressive track record of facilitating change and organizational improvement.

He is the founder and Managing Director of Consultatum AB, a Stockholm-based consulting company with a unique focus on aligning a client’s HR function and business strategy. By developing their clients’ HR strategy, HR function and the link between the HR function and line managers, Consultatum AB helps clients achieve better business results.

Liam founded Consultatum in December 2007 after working as the Managing Director of Hay Group. He previously held positions as Senior Consultant at both Watson Wyatt and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive experience in working with major global clients from a range of business sectors across Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa in leadership development (including individual and team coaching), strategic HR, planning, development, transformation and metrics. His clients have included EuroMaint, SVT, CSN, Volvo, Fortum, Pfizer, and Astra Zeneca among others.

Liam is the editor of two of Bonnier’s Leadership Handbooks: the Strategic Human Resource Management and Personnel Handbooks. He also writes for Bonnier’s Leadership Handbook.

Kevin Davis, Marketing Module

Kevin Davis is the principal of KLJD Consulting, a strategic revenue and development practice specializing in assisting independent news and information companies increase revenue and impact.

Davis was formerly the inaugural CEO and Executive Director of the Investigative News Network (INN), now known as the Institute for Nonprofit News, a consortium of more than a hundred nonprofit newsrooms in the U.S. For the organization’s first five years of operation, Davis oversaw efforts to promote the sustainability of its member organizations and increase the impact of public service journalism by nonprofits via digital distribution.

Davis has over 20 years of experience in strategic development and growth at news and media organizations. Before joining INN, he was responsible for operations at Los Angeles-based news organizations TheWrap.com, Variety.com and Video Business Magazine.

He has spoken and lectured about the nonprofit and independent journalism sector at conferences and institutions globally. Currently Davis works with mission-driven and nonprofit news organizations, public media stations and good government organizations in the US and Europe.

Valērija Lieģe, Accounting Module

Valērija has 15 years of experience in corporate finance and change management. She held managing positions at Procter & Gamble and Lattelecom, and was head of the Latvian branch of LHV Investment Bank. She worked with owners and top management teams on LIDO’s operational and financial restructuring (she currently holds the supervisory council board role at LIDO); Lattelekom’s non-core business outsourcing and spin-off; OfficeDay’s operational turnaround; and many other projects.

Valērija has assisted both sides in M&A transactions, including the sale of a minority stake in 8CBR, financial investor recruitment at Valmiermuižas Alus, the sale of Latčarter Airlines to a strategic investor, the purchase of EkoBaltija by a strategic investor, and numerous other trade, sale and acquisition transactions.

She advises major regional banks on client assessment and turnaround and also works with private equity houses and leading Baltic companies on fundraising, target assessment and acquisition, strategic planning and governance.

She teaches M&A transactions and valuations at SSE Riga. She holds an MSc with Distinction in Consulting and Coaching for Change from Oxford/HEC Paris, and a BSc in Economics and Business from SSE Riga.

Jeļena Krivkina, Accounting Module

Jelena has almost almost 20 years of experience in strategic management, PMI and M&A. She holds MSc in International Relationships from Latvian University, BSc in Economics and Business from SSE Riga

As a consultant Jeļena has worked with owners and top management of companies on a number of strategic and turnaround projects: development and implementation of corporate management model for Tilts, strategy development for TMMetal Baltic, strategic planning and reorganization of LIDO, development of business model and motivational system for Hiponia, Lattelecom retail business unit strategy development and M&A opportunities analysis, and others.

Jelena has attracted financing for international and Baltic companies, including RE developers, manufacturing and trading companies, such as Sakret, Vision Express, Rimi Baltic, Druvas Pārtika, Valmiermuižas Alus and others. Jeļena has advised top regional banks – Nordea bank, DNB, LHZB, Swedbank, and NPO sector companies, for example, Riga Technical University, Ministry of Economics, in change management, business analysis and valuation.

Jeļena has performed seminars for SSE Riga Mini MBA on M&A transactions, courses on money markets, financial planning and corporate governance, as well as advised some of top managers in the leading Baltic companies on financial planning and corporate governance.

Rosemary Armao, Leadership Module

Rosemary Armao is an associate professor and director of the Journalism Program at the State University of New York at Albany and a regular panelist on two programs for the National Public Radio affiliate in Albany, WAMC. She is also a consulting editor for the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project based in Bucharest.

In a 46-year career she has written and edited for six U.S. newspapers and a wire service, taught journalism and writing at five U.S. universities and worked on reporting and media development projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. She has written reports on media development for the U.S. State Department. She is a former head of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium and of Investigative Reporters & Editors. She holds degrees from Syracuse and Ohio State universities. She is president of the Board of Trustees of the William K. Sanford Public Library in her upstate NY hometown outside Albany.