Davis Plotnieks is completing a Ph.D. in Economics degree at the University of Latvia. His main research interests cover innovation, new financial instruments and social entrepreneurship, in particular social finance, crowdfunding and innovation management. He works as a research analyst in the SEFORïS project at SITE, Stockholm School of Economics. Davis has worked, conducted research, and studied in several countries, including Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland and Latvia where he originally comes from. Currently he also works as a Lecturer of Business Management at the BA School of Business and Finance (Riga, Latvia), where he teaches master programmes, most recently "Innovation Management". He has obtained over 10 years of experience in management consulting and marketing working for organisations in private, public and non-profit sector. He is also a co-founder and board member of non-profit TEDxRiga.