Roberts Ķilis is a Cambridge trained social anthropologist where he got his M.Phil. and PhD degrees. Since 1994 he has worked as an Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga where he teaches Economic Anthropology and Research Methods courses and is involved in Executive Education training programmes. From 2011 – 2013 he was the Minister for Education and Science of Latvia and responsible for key areas of the country’s policy – education, science, youth, sports, language. In all these field he initiated major reforms in all fields.
He has acted as Chair of the Editorial group developing Latvia’s Long-term Sustainable Development Strategy 2030 for the Ministry of Regional Development and Municipalities, Republic of Latvia, July 2007 – July 2010. The Strategy has been shortlisted for final of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2010 (for active citizens involvement) and adopted as the highest order and only long term planning documents of Latvia by the Parliament on June 10, 2010. In 2008 he acted as the expert on human capital and demography for the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy impact assessment. He has served as a Chair of the President’s Strategic analysis commission and acted as an advisor to the President of Latvia.