Skaidrīte Ābrama

Born in Riga in 1956, Skaidrīte Ābrama first graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Foreign Languages, and later studied at the University of Latvia International Business and Economics (obtaining a master’s degree in Business administration). She finished her postgraduate studies in economics and business management at the Swiss Institutes AKAD and IMAKA (mandated by Transfer-Foundation, St Gallen), and was in charge of leading positions within private companies before entering the Competition Council in 2004, when she was first appointed for a five-year term as a council member (the decision-making body). After this term expired, she worked as chief economist related to economic advice and expertise in case handling and market supervision, introducing new concepts on better regulation.

Since June 2012, Mrs Ābrama has been the chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia, appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers for a five-year term of Office. Her main duties now are administration of people, projects and budgets, ensuring the further development of the institution and the competition regulation, and taking decisions on cases investigated by the executive body of the authority. With strong experience in competition policy formulation and competition regulation as well as in practical application of the concepts of competition economics, she is actively involved in competition advocacy activities by lecturing and advising on theoretical and practical aspects of competition regulation to different audiences. She enjoys working with people in an international, multi-

cultural environment, and she has also participated as an expert in TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) and twinning projects funded by the European Commission in various countries (Albania, Libya, Jordan, Moldova) mostly advising on issues of competition advocacy and application of economic methods in competition cases.

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