Dr. Mara Jakobsone is vice-president and ICT and e-skills project manager at the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA). Her responsibilities include development, coordination and implementation of information society and e-skills related policies, initiatives and projects.
From 1984-99, she was researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Business administration, University of Latvia. She holds a Doctorate in economics from the Institute of Finances and Economics, St.Petersburg, Russia (1988) and University of Latvia. In 1993 Mara has created the first ICT journal in Latvia „Datorpasaule„ and was an editor in-chief until 2005.
Mara Jakobsone is coordinator of the Latvian National E-skills partnership and E-skills for Jobs campaign. She represents LIKTA at European organizations like Telecentre Europe, CEPIS and ECDL. For the last four years Mara Jakobsone has been a board member of TE, elected as a chair in October 2012.