Team

The DFF Hard Core Team

Meet the team of the Digital Freedom Festival who helps to spread the spirit of the digital freedom further and believe that only in an open cooperation between startups, corporations, policy makers and lifestyle we can really discuss how to bring the benefits of the digital culture to every member of society.

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Kate Mažāne

Managing Director

About

Kate is an energetic personality and prefers to be active. She loves outdoor running and completed her first half-marathon in 2017. She has participated in folk dancing since the age of 4 and now dances in “LĪGO” – one of Latvia’s most well-known folk dancing groups. Besides dancing, she actively engages in other physical activities such as fitness and hiking, among others.

Kate has more than 10 years of experience in Marketing and PR Project Management, particularly in the IT industry. She was Project Manager for cooperation with the Digital Freedom Festival on the partner side for two years, but has now joined the DFF team as Managing Director.

She is passionate about new technologies and believes that by adopting technologies wisely has many benefits and uses. Kate now is responsible for fitting all “the pieces of puzzle” together to make the Digital Freedom Festival exciting and valuable both for attendees and partners.

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Kristīne Vilnīte

Startup and Investor Relations

About

Emerging technologies are Kristine’s passion. She is amazed by game-changing companies aiming to fix major inefficiencies in our world using tech. As an expert in coordinating diverse teams and resources, she always strives to ensure maximum satisfaction, and increase social value and impact.

Kristine has BA diploma and background in finance, but now has a strong devotion to the tech industry. Past few years Kristine spends significant amount of time in Silicon Valley where she studies software engineering, working on her own startup and keeps herself in up-to-date of the latest tech industry activities. Fields of interest include space, human sexuality, neuroscience, and mindfulness.

Kristine joined DFF team because of her strong belief in DFF values. With her international experience to back her up, she’ll be covering everything related to Startups and Investors to help them get ahead of the game.

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Ieva Keviešena

Partnerships

About

Ieva is a passionate foodie, who officially makes the best chilli con carne in Rīga. She’s an enthusiastic hiker, having completed a hiking tour in the French Alps and climbed to the top of the photogenic Angel’s Landing in Utah. Also avid sports fan and Murjani Sports Gymnasium graduate.

Ieva has more than 10 years of experience in project management and leadership in tourism and PR industries.

Ieva knows the ins and outs of the Digital Freedom Festival and constantly keeps her fingers on the DFF’s pulse. Nothing goes unnoticed past Ieva’s eagle eye.

Ieva is responsible for establishing partnerships and coordinating their contribution to the Digital Freedom Festival, as well as provides support for our speakers. She can tell you everything about the DFF Pitch, events and program – even in the middle of her sleep (which she won’t be getting much prior to the DFF).

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Inese Tauriņa

On-site Manager

About

Inese is responsible for creating the DFF experience for every  attendee. Without any exaggeration, she knows the ins and outs of every aspect of what will take place at the festival. Everything you will see, hear, taste and feel will be carefully handpicked by Inese so that you will leave with many fond and cherished memories.

Alongside her contribution to the DFF, Inese is also a board member at Transparency International Latvia where she promotes transparency and fights local corruption, the Executive Secretary at the Latvian Public Relations Association, and was formerly the head of the PR office at Riga Stradins University.

Contact Inese to volunteer at the DFF and gain an outstanding experience by helping to create this event!

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Inga Tauriņa

Press Secretary

About

Inga likes to challenge herself in all aspects of life. She has climbed Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, bungee-jumped over Zambezi River in Africa and has gone skydiving in Lithuania. Professionally she is not afraid to plunge into uncharted waters, having recently started to work in the startup and tech environment.

After working for the Latvian government in areas such as defense, foreign affairs, justice and banking, Inga is ready to embrace the world of tech with open arms. As a social anthropologist by education, she is very curious about diversity of human world, and how tech has thus far and is yet to affect our way of life.

Inga is the eyes and ears of the festival when it comes to media relations and press. She is in charge of attracting local and foreign media attention, getting them on board as partners and won’t let journalists to lose a focus.

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Viktorija Graudiņa

Social Media and PR

About

Viktorija has traveled around the world and lived in 4 different countries. She has worked in PR since 2007 and is an experienced translator (and allegedly fluent in Spanish after a couple of drinks).

An athlete at heart, Viktorija has competed in top tier competitions and worked as a gymnastics and cheerleading coach with several universities, and is a founding member and current president of the Baltic Cheerleading Organization. She is also passionate about world history and involves herself in politics, occasionally running for local office to try to foster improvements and make the world a better place.

Viktorija communicates with potential partners and sponsors, and is in charge of DFF’s social media activities. Although Viktorija is new to the tech world, she’s excited to gain new knowledge, especially on this year’s Green Tech topic.

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Sabīne Bistrova

Creative assistant

About

Sabine is an excellent example of an ultimate team player and universal soldier 2 in 1. She is proud of her leadership skill – she is a former manager of a store within Top 50 most successful retail franchises in the Europe – Mango. She also participated in the opening of three Mango franchises in the Baltics, handling merchandising in the process – that’s almost 300 square metres of fashion clothing!

She is passionate about project and events management – she is a former events manager at the legendary London-style bar XIII here in Riga.

Sabine is in charge of visual design both on-site and virtually. And also a helping hand in many operational tasks.

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Māris Antons

Digital Strategist

About

Māris is a self-taught practitioner of digital communications and marketing. He manages a digital store, gives lectures on digital development and is currently trying to figure out fishing on a weekly basis.

Māris started his career in digital advertising as social media project manager. Since then, he’s held various, well connected roles, all are related to communications in the digital world. Managing a small agency, launching an online shop as a nation-wide manager, being on the board of Latvian Association of Public Relations, teaching digital marketing to marketing professionals and advancing the field of performance marketing in Latvia are just some of the things Māris has done over the past six years.

As a part of DFF team Mr. Antons oversees digital communication channels with a focus on reaching  the wonderful people who should attend DFF.

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Cat

Happy spirit

About

Have you ever just watched cat videos for 2 hours? We have too.

The internet’s most popular animal is here with some awesome cat accounts to relieve your stress and bring some positivity to your daily life. When you feel positive, you are more productive and make better decision, it’s science!

Come on, just take a short break…