Leif Mutén Society had provided me with financial support to visit one of the most international conferences for students in Europe - World Business Dialogue. The conference itself is hosted in Cologne, Germany, organized completely by students to students. An impressive number of 300 participants from more than 60 countries are picked after a selection process. More than 50 top-grade specialists from the areas of business, science and politics engage with the students in panel discussions, workshops and presentations. In addition to the students and guest speakers, the Dialogue is full of business executives interacting with students and participating in the same activities - which just show that the quality of the event is extremely high. In a nutshell, World Business Dialogue is simply four days of great ideas, an unimaginable amount of networking and great parties every evening with people from all over the world.

Deividas Rinkevičius
Class of 2014
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


In March, 2013 I had a truly amazing opportunity to attend 16th World Business Dialogue in Cologne, Germany, which was made possible thanks to the support provided by Leif Mutén Society. Having heard exciting stories and wonderful impressions of previous attendees from our school, I got really motivated to apply and I succeeded in being accepted to the conference. Apart from the high-quality discussions by top executives, perfectly organized event and the beauty of West-German cityscape, I couldn't appreciate more a unique chance to meet 300 talented, passionate, smart students from all over the world. Not only did I have a good time communicating with them in Germany, but those connections served me a great deal in the future and I constantly keep in touch with some people. WBD is one of a kind event that any ambitious, smart young person would hate to miss on. The atmosphere that prevails there is unrivaled, and the strength of connections that are built there is unbelievable. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that during your studies WBD would surely be one of the most memorable, enriching and useful experiences you can possibly have. Totally apply, so did I - for the second time!

Viktoryia Pilinko
Class of 2014
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


Writing my BSc thesis on renewable energy promotion policies I found participation in International Student Energy Summit in Norway to be a great opportunity of sharing and enriching knowledge of mine. Panel discussion with experts supporting both: fossil and renewable resources made me to rethink how I understand these widely discussed topics. On top of that having a chance to chit-chat with most of them during the informal events of the Summits gave a good understanding about the political side of the game that is often hard to interpret on the news. In addition to all these discussions I had a great opportunity to network with multiple representatives from companies like Shell or StatCraft that are considered to be one of the best employers in the energy market, which is a great experience having in mind that I strong interest in relating my future career with energy markets. ISES 2013 was a great event and I am grateful to Leif Mutén Society for help covering my traveling expenses.

Martynas Stankevičius
Class of 2013
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


The scholarship from Leif Mutén Society aided me in participating in the London School of Economics Alternative Investments Conference 2012. The aim of the event is to educate, inspire and provide a great networking opportunity for prospective finance students from all over the world. The two days of the conference were filled with speeches and panel discussions from highly regarded industry leaders and top academics. In addition, the event provided an ideal opportunity to converse with fellow delegates from the Ivy League, Oxbridge and Europe’s top universities. The financial assistance provided by LMS facilitated my participation and enabled me to introduce and promote SSE Riga as an internationally competitive academic institution. I believe that LMS serves a great purpose as providing financial assistance to students in achieving their goals is truly inspiring.

Kaspar Daljajev
Class of 2012
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


In the beginning of the spring semester 2012 at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga my thesis paper co-authored with Anastasija Oļeiņika received a recognition from the Carroll Round Steering committee, and we received an invite to present our paper at the Carroll Round conference at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. The goal of the Carroll Round is to foster the exchange of ideas among leading undergraduate international economics and political economy students by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of scholarly innovation in the field. With the help of Leif Mutén Society as one of the benefactors we took part in the conference, met students from leading universities: University of Warwick, Macalester College, Dartmouth University, Brown University, Harvard University; and listen to top level keynote speakers - Dr. Jonathan Levine (Stanford University) and Gene Sperling (National Economic Adviser to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama). These were educational and motivating experiences, and I want to express my gratitude to Leif Mutén Society for supporting students and fostering the quality of higher education in Latvia.

Madara Bogdāne
Class of 2012
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


During my studies at SSE Riga LMS supported me on several occasions. After achieving top score in FE course, I received a scholarship from SEB Enskilda through Leif Mutén Society. Receiving the scholarship felt really rewarding after all the hard work during the course. I used the money to cover my tuition fee. LMS also helped me with partially covering my and my thesis partner’s expenses of attending the Carroll Round – an annual international economics conference at Georgetown University, providing a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates. Travelling to the US is quite expensive for a student, thus, LMS support was highly valuable. I believe that possibility to be supported from organizations like LMS is really motivating for students to achieve more during their studies.

Anastasija Oļeiņika
Class of 2012
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga


Leif Mutén Society supported me and my thesis partner during our final year of studies at SSE Riga by partially covering the travelling and accommodation expenses for our trip to Washington, USA, to participate in the10th Annual Carroll Round Conference in 2011. The Carroll Round is an international economics conference held at Georgetown University,Washington, and it gives 20-30 of the world’s top undergraduate students the unique opportunity to present their original research projects in the environment of a professional academic conference. We were first SSE Riga students who applied and were selected as participants among other students from leading universities around the world, including the University of Chicago, New York University, Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics. The financial support from LMS was crucial for us to participate in the Carroll Round, which, in turn, contributed a lot to our knowledge and provided an excellent feedback to improve our paper. We had a unique chance to hear and discuss the findings of other student research papers, listen to keynote speaches by Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph Stiglitz and Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati, as well as represent SSE Riga – both to people in Europe and the USA – as an institution of academic excellence. Without doubt I can say that LMS serves a very important role and contributes a lot to the academic and professional development of students in the Baltic region.

Zane Siliņa
Class of 2011
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga