Kristine, originally from Latvia, is a self-described “military brat” and has experience as an adult expatriate in Yemen, the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands. She attended her first FIGT conference in 2014 and was one of the Ignite session presenters. Being inspired by this conference, by people who she had met, as well as by topics that were discussed, she decided to join forces with Kate Berger and Vivian Chiona and start an FIGT affiliate in the Netherlands in 2014.
She is the Director of the Expatriate Archive Centre, a foundation that collects and preserves the life stories of expatriates worldwide for future research . It is a unique, non-profit, independent archive based in the Netherlands, with a global outreach. Kristine is an experienced consultant and manager of projects and teams in government roles in Latvia and Yemen, and a number of NGOs and local organizations in the Netherlands. She speaks multiple languages, including English, Latvian, Russian, Dutch and French. Kristine has managed a number of projects and events with significant budgets and stakeholders in each of the countries she has lived.
Kristine has two Master's degrees in Economics from University of Latvia and Financial Management from Centre Européen Universitaire de Nancy. Kristine currently lives in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Kristine has served on the FIGT Board since October 2016.