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Our museum team is small in number, but great in spirit and will. We value cooperation and believe that touching stories about recent history will help us create a better tomorrow. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to get involved.

Members of the Council

  • Sylvia Kistler Thompson

    Chairman of the Council
    E-mail: info@vabamu.ee

    For many years, Sylvia has been the spirit and leader of non-governmental organisations. She is the daughter of the foundation’s founder, Olga Kistler-Ritso. As the chairman of the Council of the Kistler-Ritso Foundation, she ensures that the Foundation educates society about Estonia's recent history. Apart from being responsible for establishing the museum and keeping it running, Sylvia’s family supports various events, projects, and films focusing on the Baltic States. It is Sylvia’s hope that the museum will inspire people to protect freedom, so that the horrors of the last century never repeat again.

  • Michael A. Keller

    Member of the Council
    E-mail: info@vabamu.ee
    Michael is the head of the Stanford University Library, and if there is something he loves with all his heart, it is Estonia! Michael has been to Saaremaa as well as to Rapla County, and despite his hectic schedule, he finds time for a couple of visits to Estonia every year. Under Michael’s leadership, Stanford University now has an active Baltic States program and curator. For years, he has been one of the museum’s biggest fans and enthusiasts. Naturally, Michael is also an Estonian e-resident.
  • Merju Künnapuu

    Member of the Council
    E-mail: info@vabamu.ee
    Since 2014, Merju has captained the Department of Finance at the Ministry of Culture. Merju is the embodiment of openness, finance, and culture. She knows that each year, culture carries more and more importance in every field of activity and that culture is not only a beautiful thing, but that high-quality culture helps us better understand who we are, where we came from, and what affects our lives today and in the future. Undoubtedly, Marju helps keep an eye on the foundation’s financial matters.
  • Sten Tamkivi

    Member of the Council
    E-mail: info@vabamu.ee
    Sten is a start-up entrepreneur who is currently working on a big idea – how to help people best understand and utilise the freedom to work from any location in the world. Sten was one of the leaders at Skype for 8 years. He values openness, entrepreneurship, and tolerance. He is also an advocate for technological education in Estonian schools and universities. Sten is definitely one of Estonia’s most valued ambassadors to the wider world. He believes that the Estonian story has the potential to inspire hundreds, if not millions of people to build a better tomorrow.
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