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Klaudijus Maniokas

Partner, Chairman of the Board

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Agnė Miseliūnienė

Partner, Director of JSC "ESTEP Vilnius"

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Neringa Viršilienė

Partner, Head of the Evaluation Group

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Renata Pakalnytė

Head of the International Technical Assistance and Training Group

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Ingrida Urbonaitė

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Dalia Adamonienė

Administrator

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Ilona Alminaitė

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Loreta Žeimytė-Dvareckienė

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Vlada Vitunskienė

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Rimantas Juozas Vaicenavičius

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Klaudijus Maniokas

Partner, Chairman of the Board

For almost 20 years, Klaudijus has been conducting research in the field of Europeanization, as well as advising public sector institutions on the improvement of public administration and strategic planning. Based on his academic research, he has prepared a dissertation, has published books (“EU Enlargement and Europeanization: The Accession of Central and Eastern European Countries to the European Union”, 2003; “Lithuania’s First Decade in the European Union: Transformation or Imitation?”, 2015) and more than 30 publications in international journals of political science. As an expert, Klaudijus is actively involved in international projects funded by the European Commission, related to the preparation of candidate countries for the EU membership and / or better implementation of their cooperation commitments with the EU. During Lithuanian accession to the EU, Klaudijus held a position of Deputy Chief Negotiator in Lithuania’s accession negotiations with the European Union and was Deputy Director General of the European Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Klaudijus actively participated in the process of Lithuania’s preparations for the Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2013: he prepared and conducted trainings for civil servants, advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries on the issues of the Presidency agenda. Since 2009, Klaudijus is a member of the Public Administration Improvement Commission (Sunset Commission). In 2010-2015, Klaudijus participated in the development and improvement of the most important recent results-oriented management solutions in Lithuania: program evaluation, functional review, regulatory  impact assessment, performance evaluation.

Key competencies: EU affairs coordination; Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy; Improving public administration; Evaluation of public policies and programs; Strategic planning and programming; Strengthening administrative capacity.

Education: PhD in Social Sciences.

Languages: Lithuanian (native), English, Russian, French.

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Agnė Miseliūnienė

Partner, Director of JSC "ESTEP Vilnius"

Since 2004, Agnė carries out impact assessments of public policy and programs financed by the EU Structural Funds, socio-economic research, and has excellent knowledge of impact assessment methodology. Since 2005, Agnė contributes to the strengthening of the evaluation capacity of the EU investments in Lithuania: for the Ministry of Finance she prepares methodological documents, organizes trainings for the responsible institutions and organizes international evaluation conferences. Since 2015, Agnė is a national expert in the Evaluation Helpdesk set up by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional Policy, which aims to provide methodological assistance to the European Commission on evaluations of the use of EU Structural Funds in EU countries.

Key competencies: Evaluation of public policies and programs (since 2004); Strengthening evaluation capacity, preparation of methodological documents (since 2005); Improving public administration and strengthening administrative capacity (since 2005); Quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical analysis, econometric modelling, cost-benefit analysis, and other.

Education: Master’s degree in Political Science (European Studies). Certificate of completion of the management accounting course integrated into the master’s degree in management.

Languages: Lithuanian (native), English, French, Russian.

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Neringa Viršilienė

Partner, Head of the Evaluation Group

Neringa has excellent knowledge of strategic planning, public management, regional policy, investment planning, administration and evaluation of EU funds. She has working experience in the European Commission and Lithuanian public sector institutions at the national, regional and local levels. Since 2009, Neringa conducted more than 20 evaluations and studies in various areas of public policy (regional policy, urban development, rural development, culture, waste management, health, public administration, and other). Neringa has experience in providing consultations to public sector institutions in Lithuania and abroad on the implementation of various management improvement instruments (program evaluation, functional analysis, development and improvement of performance evaluation systems). Neringa is able to apply complex qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as econometric modelling, counterfactual analysis, etc., to assess the impact of public policies and programs.

Key competencies: Evaluation of public policies and programs (since 2006); Strengthening evaluation capacity, preparation of methodological documents (since 2006); Development and improvement of monitoring indicator systems (since 2003); Strategic planning and programming (since 2003); Improving public administration and strengthening administrative capacity (since 2009); Analysis of functions and processes of public sector institutions (since 2010); Quantitative and qualitative research methods, especially counterfactual analysis, statistical analysis, econometric modelling, etc.

Education: Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management (European Integration Studies).

Languages: Lithuanian (native), English, German, Russian.

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Renata Pakalnytė

Head of the International Technical Assistance and Training Group

Renata has experience in managing and coordinating EU and other donor-funded European integration technical assistance projects in the EU’s neighbourhood, she participated in the implementation of international technical assistance projects in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. At ESTEP, she is also responsible for the development and implementation of training projects in Lithuania and other countries – assessment of training needs, training methodology, preparation of training programs, organization of training, assessment of training quality, as well as preparation of conferences, seminars, study visits for civil servants.

Key competencies: Coordination of bilateral development and aid projects (since 2005); Preparation and coordination of conferences, study visits (since 2005); Coordination of training for civil servants on EU related issues (representation of Lithuanian interests in EU institutions, coordination of EU affairs, preparation for the Presidency of the EU Council, management of EU structural assistance) (since 2011); Studies on the transposition of EU law into national law, analysis of legal regulations (since 2005); Evaluation of financial instruments financed from EU structural funds (since 2010).

Education: Master of Laws.

Languages: Lithuanian (native), English, French, Russian, Italian.

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Ingrida Urbonaitė

Researcher

In 2018, Ingrida was graduated with a master’s degree in public policy analysis from Vilnius University. In the academic field, she specialized in the regulation of labour relations, social welfare policy and migration issues. During his studies, she did an internship at the University of Valencia, an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, and volunteered at the Lithuanian branch of Transparency International.

Key competencies: evaluation of the implementation of programs financed by the EU structural funds. Methods applied: interviews, analysis of documents / secondary sources, case studies.

Education: Master of Political Science (public policy analysis studies), Vilnius University.

Languages: Lithuanian (native), English, Spanish.

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Dalia Adamonienė

Administrator

Dalia has many years of experience as an administrator. Dalia prepares documents for the company’s participation in public procurement tenders, administers the company’s correspondence, organizes business trips, prepares human resources documentation and administers ESTEP’s website, helps her colleagues in organizing events and meetings, carries out other tasks that ensure smooth day-to-day office work.

Education: Economist qualification from Vilnius University.

Languages: Lithuanian (native), Russian, English.

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Ilona Alminaitė

Accountant

Ilona is responsible for the company’s accounting and finance management. She has more than 15 years of working experience as an accountant / financier. Ilona is constantly improving her qualifications to ensure that accounting is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation and standards.

Education: Higher non-university education (accounting and finance).

Languages: Lithuanian (native), German, Russian.

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Loreta Žeimytė-Dvareckienė

Associated Partner

Education: Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain), Diploma of International Business Administration from Vilnius University Business School, Master of English Philology from Vilnius University.

Key areas of expertise: evaluation of EU structural assistance and other support programs, feasibility and case studies.

Loreta has contributed to the evaluation of ex-ante business financing from the EU Structural Funds, the ex-ante evaluation of the application of financial instruments in agriculture, the analysis of the optimization of state interventions in the fields of health, transport, social housing, as well as several impact assessments. Loreta has more than 10 years of experience in business analysis, project management, she has implemented projects in strategic planning, international development and quality monitoring system implementation. Since 2004 (intermittently) she is a member of the Board of ESTEP and hols other management positions at ESTEP and other companies.

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Vlada Vitunskienė

Associated Partner

Education and working experience: PhD in Social Sciences (Economics), Professor of Aleksandras Stulginskis University, former Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus in the fields of agriculture and rural development and EU agriculture policy.

Key areas of expertise: analysis of the EU common agricultural policy (CAP), evaluation of rural development programs, agricultural economics, foreign trade and competitiveness, sustainable development, green economy.

Vlada has more than 19 years of research experience, as well as experience in the preparation and implementation of more than 15 research projects. She has published over 40 scientific articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Vlada has 7 years of experience in evaluating EU rural development programs, with excellent knowledge of the impact assessment methodology of programs. The expert has 10 years of experience in assessing the economic and social development of rural areas.

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Rimantas Juozas Vaicenavičius

Associated Partner

Education and working experience: PhD in mathematics, expert in statistics and economics, lecturer at Mykolas Romeris University, former Director of the Statistics Department of the Bank of Lithuania, former Deputy Director General of the Customs Department, former Director of the Fiscal Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance, President of the Lithuanian Statistical Union.

Key areas of expertise: official statistics, quality of statistics, economy, trade and financial statistics, monitoring indicators.
The expert has more than 30 years of professional experience, of which more than 20 years he have worked in the civil service, he has more than 10 years of teaching statistics, economics and financial markets at the country’s universities.

Rimantas is the project leader and key expert in various international statistical projects – he has participated in the implementation of projects initiated by Eurostat, the World Bank, the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the British Council, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Lithuanian business associations. At the request of Eurostat, the expert assessed the quality of official statistics in Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Portugal, worked as a statistical expert in projects implemented by consulting companies in Germany, Spain, Hungary, United Kingdom and Greece, implemented statistical projects initiated by the European Commission in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.