BAFF Alumni Country Presidents

BAFF Alumni Country Presidents 2017-2019

Liisi Org


Liisi is currently the Startup Ecosystem Development Manager at Startup Estonia, a goverment initiative aimed to supercharge the Estonian startup ecosystem in order to be the birthplace of many more startup success stories to come. 



After returning from BAFF she worked in an Estonian startup called Scoro, where she managed customer success. She created strategies and processes and ensured positive customer experience by proactively managing and growing customer relationships. She also was one of the head organizers of Startup Week Tallinn, which is a startup community festival and consisted of 62 events in 35+ locations for 2500 attendees with a team of 7 people. 


Liisi spent her BAFF year in New York, where she had the opportunity to work for two different edtech startups. Firstly in Fluent City, where she took the role as a Private Lessons Coordinator and her main tasks included creating the process for running private language lessons, managing and coordinating lessons in 10 languages, 4 cities with 300 teaches and over 500 students. After that experience, she took a role at StartEd – an edtech accelerator/incubator in NYU. She considers organizing and managing all the accelerator events (in total 80+ in 5 months) and managing 300 speakers at the NY Edtech Week (one of the biggest education technology festivals on East coast) her greatest accomplishments. 


Before the BAFF internship, Liisi worked and studied mainly in the education field. She has a Batchelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Project Management and Master’s degree in Educational Management, both from the University of Tartu. She has over eight years of experience in project and events management. 

Līna Kārkliņa


Līna Kārkliņa is currently the Marketing and Business development Manager at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns Law Office.

Lina is an active citizen – member in several non-governmental organizations in the areas of civil society, culture, charity and youth, and a volunteer. Līna is also an elected Member of the Council at Latvian Civic Alliance.

Before joinin, Eversheds Sutherland Bitans Līna assisted Latvian 3D printing R&D Company Purpose AM Systems with Business Development. Prior to it, she served as the Interim Executive Director of AmCham Latvia. In this position, Līna was responsible for all AmCham activities, the AmCham office on a daily basis and an ongoing support to the Board of Directors.

During her Professional Internship with BAFF, Līna worked as a Program Officer at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, DC. In addition to security and energy research, Lina’s main responsibility was overlooking the organization, transformation and rebranding of CEPA’s biggest annual conference CEPA Forum 2015.

Līna has gained wide experience in project management in various fields and in numerous countries. She has worked for both government and non-governmental organizations while working closely with local and international businesses, embassies, governments, parliaments, international organizations, societies and media. Līna holds a Master’s degree in Diplomacy from University of Latvia.

Kristina Belikova


Kristina currently holds a position of a Project Manager at “Create Lithuania” – the first and the only program for professional development and the applicability of best foreign practices to Lithuania. She is managing a project on strengthening the resilience of Lithuanian diaspora to disinformation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, which aims at suggesting innovative tools and solutions in the area, based on an in-depth analysis of the current situation and the best practices worldwide.

Kristina is also a part-time communication adviser at the European Union Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She provides recommendations on how to communicate about the European Union to young people and is responsible for developing a framework for teaching about the EU at school.

Kristina spent her BAFF year at Freedom House, working in both of its offices – in NYC and in Washington DC. In NYC Kristina worked for Freedom House’s program “Nations in Transit”, which monitors democracy developments in formerly communist countries from Central Europe to Central Asia. Her duties included research, editing and managing program’s social media accounts. In Washington DC Kristina worked for Freedom House’s Eurasia Program, which supports human rights and democracy advocates in their efforts to promote open government, defend human rights, strengthen civil society and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas in Eurasia region. Her duties included working with partners on the ground, writing articles and assisting in the implementation of the projects in the region primarily focusing on Moldova and Russia. Kristina has also provided occasional help on research and published articles at Freedom House’s blog.

Prior to joining BAFF Kristina has built a strong professional portfolio ranging from work as a Brussels correspondent for international media to crafting communication for UN representation at the EU. Kristina has previously worked and interned at such organizations as public relations’ company Burson Marsteller, European Journalism Center and the United Nations’ WHO Representation at the EU.

Kristina has graduated from Vilnius University with a Journalism Bachelor. She spent a part of her Bachelor studies at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Kristina also holds a Master of Science degree in Communications and New Media from a Free University of Brussels and a Master of European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe. She has been awarded a prestigious European Neighborhood policy grant for her studies and research at the College of Europe.

Reinis Znotiņš


(Term November 2017- July 2018) I would characterize myself as a startup mentality person, who is ready to move fast and change the status quo, but in the same time stand firm with my both legs on the ground. Also I’m a person who wears several hats. I have my own business and I’m actively involved in NGO sector.

I spent my BAFF year at Seattle, WA where I was a part of four people team that developed and organized more than forty startup pre-acceleration events a year, all around the globe. At Techstars I had a chance to travel around United States and understand how startup businesses work and how investments are done. During my time at Techstars, I met and helped Latvian startup team called Anatomy Next on their first steps, eventually ending up as Chief Operations Officer for the startup and raised a half of million Euros in funding for the company.

Now I’ve co-founded a company called Your Move, which connects internationally experienced professionals with companies in Latvia that appreciates such experience. At Your Move we believe that smart, internationally experienced and educated Latvians can make a significant difference in Latvia’s economy and culture.
A year and a half ago, together with like-minded people with international experience, we established an NGO called “Ar Pasules Pieredzi Latvijā” (Global Latvians), which has now grown into an organization with 3 thousand followers and is actively taking part in different remigration initiatives like new “Diaspora law”, where we’re among parties drafting the new law.


Robert Reidla


(Term November 2017- January 2019) Robert is currently working as a Senior Account Manager at ePPC – Digital Advertising, one of the largest Search Engine Marketing ad spend managers in the Baltics. On the side, he is running his own SEM Consultancy business servicing clients in the US and the Baltics Region. Current duties involve managing the accounts of Tier 1 clients and training Junior level account managers.

Robert’s PIP placement was in 2017 in New York in a company called Elegran Real Estate. Over there he helped the luxury real estate brokerage to gather leads from different online channels with a focus on SEM. He reported directly to the Marketing Director and learned a lot about marketing of luxury products in different stages of the sales funnel. After returning to Estonia Robert continued to consult Elegran in SEM and does it up to date.

His academic background started with Bachelor studies in Tallinn University where he studied Marketing and Advertising and continued his academic studies on Master’s level in Copenhagen Business School where he was involved in a 2-year program called Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During his studies, both in TLU and CBS he was part of the Student Union and other voluntary student organisations. Between the studies he finished the 11 months of compulsory army service in Estonia and learned the skills of an army paramedic with a rank of a Younger Sergeant.

He is constantly learning and pursuing new levels in his career of a digital marketer.

BAFF Alumni Country Presidents 2015-2017

Katheriin Liibert


Katheriin Liibert holds the role of Product Owner at Fleep, the leading messenger for work. At Fleep, Katheriin is responsible for Fleep for Business, the paid version of the messenger. Prior to the current Product Owner role, Katheriin led Fleep’s marketing.


Katheriin is also the co-founder of #muhoov, a lifestyle clothing brand that lets people show off where they’re from. #muhoov is currently available in Estonia and Latvia, and expanding more soon.

Katheriin served as the second Estonian President of the BAFF Alumni Association, from Nov 2015- Nov 2017. During these years, she built the BAFF Alumni community with Alumni Stories events, and hosted the Thanksgiving Dinner of 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Prior to Fleep and #muhoov, Katheriin did a BAFF professional internship at The Creative Coast, Inc, in Savannah, GA. Katheriin worked as a Program Manager on The Creative Coast’s programs targeted at tech companies and early stage businesses. The main focus was on re-inventing the innovation conference Geekend ( to welcome 350+ attendees and 40+ speakers from across the USA. During her year in Savannah, GA, Katheriin also gave a talk at TEDxCreativeCoast.

Before the BAFF internship, Katheriin worked with several European universities in project management roles. Katheriin holds an BSocSci Social Anthropology degree from the University of Manchester. During her university studies, she served as the Social Officer, and later as the President of the Estonian Society.

Lauris Grāvelis


Lauris is a growth manager in a print-on-demand platform “Printify”. He is fully a startup person who doesn’t say anything is impossible, but rather seek solutions and resources to make everything possible at the lowest costs in least time. Learning by doing takes most of his working time.


He started in Finance & Consulting just after the Bachelor’s degree at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Four years of work experience in Mergers & Acquisitions and Master’s degree in Financial Economics was a push to apply for the BAFF professional internship. This time trying something new. Lauris worked in a raising startup incubator 1776 in Washington D.C. Being a part of the team that tripled number of incubator’s startups and organized the first global startup competition for companies in Education, Health Care, Energy and Smart Cities.

 As a BAFF alumni president in 2015-2017, he implemented new activities for the alumni community: alumni stories, startup weekend, brunch after Thanksgiving dinner, common visits to museums and more. During his term he helped organizing Thanksgiving dinner in Riga and took a responsibility on organizing the sports games in Latvia.

Kamile Gimbutaite


Currently Kamile is a Senior Analyst – Strategic Capital Intelligence at Nasdaq. She consults listed global corporates on their Investor relations program, investor targeting and financial communication.


During the BAFF Professional Internship Program in 2012 – 2013 Kamile worked as a Hedge fund analyst with Lloyds Banking Group in NYC. She assisted in hedge fund due diligence and manager selection, handled hedge fund portfolios’ performance analysis and reporting and wrote monthly market reviews.

Kamile’s professional experience includes an Investment analyst position with MC Wealth Management, a Lithuanian investment boutique, where her duties included both research and analysis of investment solutions and vehicles as well as business development.
Kamile graduated BSc in Economics, major in Finance, from Vilnius University and MSc in Corporate and Financial Management from Lund University in Sweden.

In the period 2013 – 2016 Kamile was an active member of Global Shapers Vilnius, a World Economic Forum’s youth network focused on developing the leadership potential towards serving the society and undertaking local projects to improve the communities.
Kamile also was a BAFF Alumni president in Lithuania during the 2015 – 2017 term. Among the most memorable moments she recalls the year 2017 when Lithuania got to organize the two most important BAFF community events – Sports Camp and Thanksgiving dinner, bringing many challenges and a lot of fun.

BAFF Alumni Country Presidents 2013-2015

Maarit Cimolonskas


Maarit Cimolonskas is the Program Manager at VUNK where she drives innovation at Telia Estonia. It supports Telia’s goal of becoming the next generation telco through organizing open innovation programmes, improving collaboration with startups, and boosting internal entrepreneurship through various activities.


She has held various positions in communication, marketing, social media, and business coaching. At her latest role at Bigbank, she managed the global employee experience through digital initiatives, implemented LEAN and 4 Disciplines of Execution methodologies, encouraged employees to use design thinking and improved the bank’s employer brand in general. Additionally to private sector and startups, she has worked in public, non-governmental, and also inter-governmental sectors.

From 2012-2013, she spent a year at the institutional advancement & marketing team of the United Way of New York City, building a city of possibility. Her biggest effort went to supporting the local United Ways with social strategies after the hurricane Sandy destructed many homes on the East Coast.

Maarit is a committed volunteer and is currently involved with the self-evolving community-wide Opinion Festival in Estonia, to provide an open platform for alert and active people who can discuss issues and relevant topics in society. Maarit holds a Master’s degree in Communication from Tallinn University and a Bachelor’s degree from Tartu University in Romanistics. She considers herself a global citizen, having lived in Estonia, France, Georgia & USA.

From 2013-2015, as the first BAFF alumni president in Estonia she helped to launch the alumni platform, and was the driving force behind the annual #baffcamp.

Jānis Jātnieks


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Lina Jasaite


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