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With over 15 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 is the Director of EIFL. Rima oversees the implementation of EIFL’s overall organizational strategy and operations. Rima has been managing EIFL since its inception. Under Rima’s leadership, EIFL has grown into a thriving international organization working in more than 60 developing and transition economy (read more)
Andrius Kriščiūnas is the Finance Manager for EIFL. Andrius 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 manager positions in banks in Lithuania. (read more)
Edvaldas Baltrunas is the Programme Coordinator for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). His responsibilities include 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 (read more)
Iryna Kuchma is the Open Access Programme Manager for EIFL. Iryna has been managing the EIFL Open Access Programme (EIFL-OA) since 2008. Her responsibilities include the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of open access related activities. Under Iryna's management, EIFL-OA has many achievements, including (read more)
Gwen Franck is the Open Access Programme Coordinator for EIFL. Gwen joined EIFL in 2014 to provide programme support to three European Union-funded open access projects in which EIFL is involved as a partner: FOSTER, PASTEUR4OA and OpenAIRE. Before joining EIFL, Gwen worked for Ghent University Library on several (read more)
Janet Sawaya is the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Advisor for Initiatives for Africa. Her responsibilities include rolling out the EIFL-PLIP capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa, and developing new partnerships. Before joining EIFL in 2016, Janet worked for the Bill (read more)
Jean Fairbairn is the Communications Manager for EIFL. Jean manages all communication activities that engage and encourage stakeholders to support EIFL’s mission.   Jean upholds the organization’s reputation by ensuring there is consistency across communications channels, including EIFL website, newsletters and social (read more)
Jevgenija Sevcova is the Programmes and Events Coordinator at EIFL. She 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 (read more)
Ramune Petuchovaite is the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager for EIFL. Her responsibilities include the 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 (read more)
Romy Beard is the Manager of the Licensing Programme for EIFL. Romy negotiates with publishers to secure affordable access to commercial e-resources on behalf of EIFL partner countries and works with library consortia to encourage subscriptions and usage. Romy joined EIFL in 2014, bringing experience in academic (read more)
Ruth Bird manages capacity building for the eLibrary Myanmar project. She joined EIFL in 2014 to work with the local EIFL project coordinators to improve information literacy skills of librarians, faculty and researchers at universities that are partners in the eLibrary Myanmar project. Ruth has been working in (read more)
Susan Schnuer is the Public Library Innovation Programme Capacity Building Manager for EIFL. Her responsibilities include working with library authorities in Africa on institutionalizing continuous professional development for public librarians. Before joining EIFL in 2018, Susan was the Associate Director at the (read more)
Teresa Hackett is the Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager for EIFL. Since the launch of the programme in 2005, Teresa has successfully overseen the development and delivery of a unique, specialist service for libraries in developing and transition countries. Through her leadership, the creation of multi-lingual (read more)
Ugne Lipeikaite is the Impact Manager for EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP). Ugne oversees impact planning and evaluation for EIFL-PLIP. For the last several years, Ugne has built the impact evaluation framework and tools that are now being used by EIFL-PLIP grantees. She is also supporting the (read more)