Director of Division, Capacity Building, Frontex.
With over 25 years of policing experience and a wealth of international law enforcement expertise, Aija Kalnaja joined Frontex in June 2018 taking up the responsibilities of Director of Capacity Building Division. In her role she is leading 3 units that conduct Agency’s core business: pooling of resources, training as well as research and innovation.
Prior to joining Frontex Aija led the Training and Research Unit and later Operations Department at EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training – CEPOL. Her position entailed managing of the overall development and implementation of CEPOL’s training and learning activities.
Ms Kalnaja began her career by joining the Latvian Police in November 1993, rising through the ranks to Chief inspector by 2003, where she headed the Latvian SIRENE Bureau, managing the establishment of the national bureau.
Between 2007 and 2011, Ms Kalnaja was Latvia’s Police Attaché to the United Kingdom, acting as a strategic advisor to the Latvian government on police matters and cooperation with the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining CEPOL, Aija held the position of Deputy Chief of the Latvian Police, responsible for international cooperation and administrative affairs for the national police force. Apart from her policing career, Ms Kalnaja led the Latvian delegations to the Council of Europe and European Commission working groups.
Ms Kalnaja is a graduate of the University of Latvia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science.