MEET THE TEAM

With over 20 years’ experience, a successful track record and a highly-qualified team, EIFL brings a unique combination of expertise and in-depth knowledge to its work in developing and transition economy countries

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Rima Kupryte oversees the implementation of EIFL’s overall organizational strategy and operations. Rima has led EIFL since its inception in 2003. Under Rima’s leadership, EIFL has grown into a thriving international organization working in more than 60 developing and transition economy countries. Rima’s deep knowledge (read more)
Andrius Krisciunas oversees the financial and operational systems of EIFL with tasks including but not limited to financial accounting and reporting, budgeting and grants management. Prior to joining EIFL in 2005, Andrius held many managerial positions in banks in Lithuania. Andrius holds a Master of Law from Vilnius (read more)
Edvaldas Baltrunas’s tasks include, but are not limited to, supporting EIFL-PLIP grants management and coordinating activities related to sub-granting. Before joining EIFL in 2014, Edvaldas managed digital services at the library of the ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius. He also contributed to (read more)
Gwen Franck joined EIFL in 2014 to provide programme support to EIFL's work in three European Union-funded projects: FOSTER (ended), PASTEUR4OA (ended) and OpenAIRE. Before joining EIFL, Gwen worked for Ghent University Library on several projects, including OpenAIRE. She is a co-founder of Open Access Belgium, an (read more)
Iryna Kuchma has been managing the EIFL Open Access Programme (EIFL-OA) since 2008. Working in collaboration with libraries and library consortia in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, she advocates for open access to research results, facilitates the development and implementation of open science (read more)
Jean Fairbairn manages communications through the EIFL website that engage and encourage stakeholders to support EIFL’s mission. Jean also supports production of marketing and communication materials, such as annual reports, videos, brochures, and presentations. Jean joined EIFL in 2010. Her expertise is in (read more)
Louise Stoddard’s portfolio includes raising the profile of EIFL by managing external communications, and communicating through international and regional print, broadcast and social media. Louise joined EIFL in 2019. She has worked in journalism and development communications for the last 13 years. Her experience has (read more)
Jevgenija Sevcova joined EIFL in 2016. Her key responsibilities include managing the General Assembly, supporting training and resource development for EIFL licensing coordinators and librarians in EIFL partner countries to ensure widespread adoption and usage of negotiated e-resources, and maintaining records of (read more)
Ramune Petuchovaite oversees and contributes to development, delivery and evaluation of a range of activities which support piloting innovative public library services that contribute to community development. Since 2012, Ramune has worked with over 30 public library projects focused on crucial community development (read more)
Romy Beard negotiates agreements with publishers to secure affordable access to e-resources and technology products, as well as waived and discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs) for open access publishing. She works with library consortia to raise awareness about these agreements. Romy joined EIFL in 2014, (read more)
Susan Schnuer’s responsibilities include working with library authorities in Africa to institutionalize continuous professional development for public librarians. Since joining EIFL in 2018, Susan has worked with library authorities in Kenya, Namibia and Zambia, contributing to development of systems for ongoing (read more)
Teresa Hackett oversees the development and delivery of a unique, copyright service for libraries in developing and transition countries, providing specialist resources in multiple languages, and individual assistance on legislative issues. Her leadership, commitment and strong advocacy skills have helped make EIFL a (read more)
Ugne Lipeikaite oversees impact planning and evaluation for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). Ugne has built the impact evaluation framework and tools that are now being used by EIFL-PLIP grantees. She has facilitated creation and implementation of EIFL’s training programmes for public (read more)