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.

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.

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.

Peter Zashev, Leadership Module

With more than 15 years of experience in executive education as a trainer and program director.

He also has considerable experience as an international consultant working on projects for the private sector (international business strategy and marketing) and the public sector (international projects with UNCTAD, the EU and GIZ). Peter’s interests and areas of expertise include international business & entrepreneurship, emerging markets, leadership, change management, and business & cross-cultural communications.

His cross-cultural skills are enhanced by the fact that he was born in Bulgaria, lived in Russia, works in Finland and lives in Estonia. Peter speaks Bulgarian, English, Finnish and Russian.

Linor Goralik, Marketing Module

Linor Goralik is a marketing consultant who specializes in content marketing, digital strategies, media and social marketing. Her customer base includes Philip Morris, Yandex, YDF, SkyEng, MTXC, OCCRP and many other companies and brands worldwide.

Her major expertise lies in the field of reshaping and rebooting communicational strategies of well-based brands, inventing marketing strategies and tactics for innovative products and services and bringing new products to the market.

Natalja Tohelovska, Finance Module

Natalja Tohelovska has more than 15 year experience in the banking sector, after which she  focused on entrepreneurship and developing of her own company.

She is currently a Lecturer of BSc Courses in Financial Accounting and Managerial Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga as well as a regular speaker at various academic and professional conferences.

Vanda Dauksta, Presentation Skills

Vanda Dauksta is an award winning public speaker who currently is an Academic advisor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, as well as a lecturer on Presentation Skills, Career Development and Study Skills. She is the founding member of Netizens – an online Toastmasters public speaking club that practices conducting effective meetings online with participants who are located around the world. Vanda Dauksta also works as a Communication consultant.