Antanas Guoga is entrepreneur, Lithuanian member of the European Parliament, philanthropist, public CIO to the Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, a founder of the biggest in the Baltic Region ICT and entrepreneurship event #SWITCH!. Mr. Guoga is entrepreneurship enabler, venture capitalist who invests in start-ups in the digital area. He has been successful entrepreneur at least for a decade. More than 500 employees are working in the companies he has invested.
Mr. Guoga is an opinion leader known for his efforts to promote a better climate for entrepreneurship and improving conditions for business opportunities. He feels fit to raise ideas in the European Parliament on how to remove red tapes for SMEs, introduce more user-friendly and less complicated regulations, create and improve single digital market, engage in discussions on how to tackle cyber threats. MEP Guoga believes that Digital Single Market has huge growth opportunities, including online shopping, star-ups and online businesses. He also supports the idea that market liberalization and investment in future-oriented technologies is the way forward for the EU. As an MEP and a member of the Internal Market and Consumers Protection (IMCO) Committee as well as a member of the Committee of Legal Affairs (JURI) Mr. Guoga focuses on thriving Digital Single Market initiatives. He is an active policy maker working on numerous proposals in the areas of cyber security, copyright, Single member liability companies, modernisation of European Public administrations, Internal Single market, etc.
MEP Guoga is an enthusiast of philanthropy. All of his salary earned working as an MEP is dedicated to charitable activities. In 2014 Antanas has established the Antanas Guoga Support Fund. Besides that, he has been doing philanthropic activities for more than a decade.
In 2015 Guoga was included in the POLITICO 28 list. The European affairs weekly newspaper chose one person from each of the European Union’s 28 member-states who is shaping, shaking and stirring Europe. In 2016 Guoga was included in the POLITICO 40 list as one of the most influential MEPs. He has been awarded the World Lithuanian of the year prize in 2011. Born in Lithuania, Antanas moved to Australia at the age of 11.