At the Senate meeting of the BA School of Business and Finance on 15 December 2020, it was decided to approve Andris Nātriņš in the management team.
From 4 January 2021 Andris Nātriņš starts working as the Vice-Rector on the issues of research, infrastructure and business development.
“BA School of Business and Finance is a special brand in the constellation of Latvian higher education. Although the reference to banks in the name of the university is more symbolic than direct, in the twenty-eight years of its existence, the education it has acquired has gained importance in the public’s perception as a value with high coverage. Therefore, people who work in a university team, similarly to a bank, have to prove the meaning of the words “responsibility” and “reliability” also in the current situation, where the usual processes have to be implemented differently. If we look at the functions that will be my responsibility in the future, then for the usual field of research, the current sign of time – physical distancing may even be favorable, but the buildings and tangible infrastructure will have to be maintained in a winter-like mode for months to come. In this situation, it remains to prepare for the new normal after the Covid-19 crisis, recognizing that then it will not be possible to give in to the euphoria of relief to maintain BA School of Business and Finance as a powerful academic institution and at the same time an attractive partner for the business segment. ” This is how Andris Nātriņš describes his tasks in the new position.
A. Nātriņš started working at the BA School of Business and Finance in 2013, leading the research field. Since 2017 – Vice-Rector for Research and Development. At the same time, since 2016, A. Nātriņš has also been leading the University’s Financial Intermediation and Compliance Competence Laboratory. From August 21, 2020 until the end of the year, A. Nātriņš temporarily performed the duties of the Acting Rector of BA School of Business and Finance. Previously, A. Nātriņš has worked both in the financial sector (headed JSC “Latvijas Krājbanka” from 2003 to 2006), in science (at the Institute of Philosophy and Law), and at the time when Latvia regained its independence – in the editorial office of the magazine “Avots”.