Marcis Liors Skadmanis

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Mārcis Liors Skadmanis
Mārcis Liors Skadmanis
Born (1984-05-29) 29 May 1984 (age 34)
Riga, Latvia
Residence London, United Kingdom
Alma mater Turība University (LL.M.), (LL.B.), (Hon. Causa.)
Occupation Founder, Social Entrepreneur
Years active 2005–present
Known for Founder of World NGO Day - an international calendar day
Relatives Daina Skadmane (sister)
Anda Skadmane (sister)
Maija Skadmane (sister)
Rūta Skadmane (sister)

Mārcis Liors Skadmanis FRSA (born Mārcis Skadmanis; 29 May 1984), is a Latvian-born UK social entrepreneur,[1][2] Humanitarian and Founder of the international calendar day for Non-governmental organizations - World NGO Day, annually observed on 27 February.[3] Today, it is marked in 89 countries across six continents of the globe.[4] In 2017 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.[5]

Early years and education[edit]

The oldest of five children, Mārcis Skadmanis was born on 29 May 1984 in Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Mārcis's father Jānis Skadmanis and his youngest sister Daina Skadmane lost their lives in the Zolitūde shopping centre roof collapse on 21 November 2013, when in total 54 people died as a result of the accident.[6][7]

In 2003, he achieved a gold medal at the 9th Latvian Environmental Project Olympiad, held annually in Latvia since 1995. The same year, he achieves a diploma at the 11th International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO) in Istanbul, Turkey. INEPO is a yearly international competition related to sustainability and the environment.[8]

His other achievements include being awarded the Society Unity Prize ‘For Contribution to Promoting Equal Opportunities’, for which he currently remains the youngest ever recipient at the age of 23.[9][10]

In 2008, Skadmanis graduated from Turība University’s Faculty of Law, and he is both a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in addition to holding a Certificate of Business Administration.[11]

In 2016 he received an Honorary Degree (Hon. Causa), awarded by Turība University, for his outstanding contribution to International Relations and Multinational Economic Business Development.[12]


Marcis meeting Liam Fox, Palace of Westminster, 2016

Skadmanis worked as a lawyer for the law firms Blueger & Plaude[13] and Begum & Co Solicitors, (2008 - 2011) London, United Kingdom. He also provided regular market briefings titled "Doing business" to the World Bank.[14][15] In 2009, he received the Certificate of Appreciation for contribution of market briefings to Getting Electricity: A pilot indicator set from the Doing Business Project, the World Bank and IFC - International Finance Corporation.[16] Skadmanis is the Trustee of the Baltic’s new generation of Chambers of Commerce in the UK. The Latvian-British Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2010, with a headquarters in Bristol, South West England.[17] The Chamber’s performance has earned an excellent reputation and has already been acknowledged by the UK Prime Minister’s Investment Envoy for its creative and imaginative approach.[18]

Skadmanis is passionate about speaking to audiences on the subject of creating organizations that make a positive contribution towards Sustainable Innovation & International development.[19]

International Day[edit]

World NGO Day[edit]

Marcis Skadmanis with Sarah, Duchess of York and Heather Melville at Lancaster House, London, in 2017

It was in the midst of the global and Eurozone financial crisis of 2009, when Marcis was just 24, his determination to improve the lives of the world’s citizens led him to establish World NGO Day. This international day was designed to recognise the NGO sector’s importance, value to society and all the individuals involved worldwide, that dedicate their time to their cause.[20]

Officially recognised and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010.[21][22][23] A year later, Ms Sung-Joo Kim, the founder of MCM Worldwide, became the initiative’s first Goodwill Ambassador.[24] In March 2012 he was able to further raise awareness by holding a round table at the UK House of Commons (UK Parliament) and introductory Meeting at UNESCO, and introductory event at the British Embassy in Finland.[25] In September of the same year, he hosted the first World NGO Leadership Meeting at the House of Lords, working alongside Lord Lyndon Harrison[26]

Marcis experienced a tragic loss just three months before the global World NGO day's first official marking ceremony, Marcis’ father and younger sister lost their lives in a Zolitūde shopping centre roof collapse. The event shocked the world after the roof collapsed on 21st November 2013, in which 54 people died as a result of the tragedy.[27]

On 27 February 2014, hundreds of NGOs[28] and the UN[29][30][31][32], UNESCO[33][34], Nordic Council[35], EU[36] and international leaders gathered in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, to celebrate and mark the first World NGO Day - hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.[37]

Each year, World NGO Day is celebrated from New Zealand and Australia, to the North and South Americas, bringing together supporters from the NGO sector, international and government leaders, multi and bilateral organisations, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. It was marked in 89 countries, six continents between 2010-2018.[38]

Other activities[edit]

Skadmanis has been supporting the NGO and Charity community and promoting the NGO work among the younger generation.[39] He continues to maintain his exploration of the ways in which cutting-edge technology can help NGOs internationally thrive. Some of the NGOs Skadmanis has built relationships with include BRAC, the World Fair Trade Organisation Asia, the Public Interest Registry USA and a number of others.


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  8. ^ "ZVĢ Grammar School of Nordic Languages". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
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  10. ^ "Winners". Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
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  12. ^ "The Awards Ceremony of Turiba University Annual Awards". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
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  15. ^ "Comparing Regulation in 183 economies, World Bank". Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  16. ^ "A Pilot Study by the Doing Business Project, World Bank". Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  17. ^ "The Latvian Foreign Minister and representatives of the Latvian-British Chamber of Commerce discuss cooperation in 2016". Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  18. ^ "Trade and commerce event at the House of Commons". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  19. ^ "Dienas Bizness: Mārcis Liors Skadmanis". Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  20. ^ "Interview with World NGO Day founder". Retrieved 2018-05-13. 
  21. ^ "Aid Forum: World NGO Day". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  22. ^ "The Baltic Times: World NGO Day 2014 Forum". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
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  24. ^ "First World NPO Day and Sung-Joo Kim". Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
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  26. ^ "UK House of Commons introduces the World NGO Day". Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
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  29. ^ "Helen Clark on World NGO Day, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  30. ^ "Helen Clark on World NGO Day". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  31. ^ "Mr Jan Mattsson, former Executive Director, UNOPS". Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  32. ^ "Speech by UNOPS Executive Director Jan Mattsson on World NGO Day" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  33. ^ "Finland Times". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  34. ^ "Finland Times: Minister Haavisto urges NGOs to ensure quality services". Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  35. ^ "Finland Times: World NGO Day 2014 Forum begins in Helsinki". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  36. ^ "University of Jyväskylä: World NGO day 27-28.2 Helsingissä". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  37. ^ "FINNBAY: Minister For International Development Pekka Haavisto And Finland Empowering NGOs And Civil Society Worldwide". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  38. ^ "Statement on the occasion of the World NGO Day 2017". Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  39. ^ "Finland Times: World NGO Day 2014 Forum begins in Helsinki today". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

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