"A plant specialist’s work in itself is special to start with. Together with our partners and growers we do pioneering work in order to make progress using the latest knowledge and technologies. What makes the work extra special for me is that I operate in such a large area: from Latvia to Georgia and from Russia to Scandinavia.
I am a child of different worlds and cultures. I was born in the Soviet Union, but that native soil is now the Baltic state of Latvia. And I graduated from the Bulduri horticulture school at a time when the country was moving from one political system to another. This meant there was no work and I moved abroad.
After travelling around England, the Netherlands and other countries, and after even trying out completely different specialist fields, I eventually returned to the old nest and to my old love: working as a plant specialist in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. I did however expressly take with me the experiences I had gained during my time in the Netherlands, which is where I first came across LEDs in horticulture. The potential that these solutions have has continued to fascinate me.