On April 18, 2019 the U.S. Embassy Riga in cooperation with AmCham Latvia established OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council) Riga Council and elected the Steering Committee. OSAC was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. OSAC Country Councils will provide a forum for effective communication between the U.S. Embassy and the private sector in a Latvia. There are currently over 150 OSAC Country Councils operating globally.

You are welcome to follow OSAC:

  • By becoming a New Constituent;
  • By signing up as a Newsletter Member;
  • By attending OSAC events. The next event is planned for October on cyber security.

More information is available here: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/Login.aspx

The OSAC Steering Committee will be co-chaired by Roberts Melbardis, AmCham Board Member and Paul Poletes, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Latvia.

The established Steering Committee consists of:

  • Private Chairman - Roberts Melbardis, AmCham Board Member and Country Manager, Operations Director of Encompass Digital Media
  • Secretary - Arturs Pantelis, Information Risk Manager at Cognizant
  • Website Content Manager - Rudi Tielemans, Founder & CEO of UniWeb
  • Subcommittee Lead (Cyber) - Kaspars Briska, Head of Cyber Security at Citadele Bank
  • Subcommittee Lead (Finance) - Zinta Jansons, Vice President of AmCham Latvia and Partner at Ellex Klavins
  • Subcommittee Lead (TBD/Treasurer) - Normunds Staris, Lawyer at NCH Advisors, Inc.



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