Kristina Jasiunaite has joined the international NGO World Bicycle Relief in 2013. In her position as Europe Director she is responsible for Fund Development and Corporate Partnerships for World Bicycle Relief in Europe. World Bicycle Relief builds specially-designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to provide a sustainable solution to the lack of mobility and long distances in rural development regions. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 587,696 bicycles. The bicycles are distributed to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs where the need is greatest. For increased sustainability, the organization also trains field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts.
Before Kristina started setting up World Bicycle Relief’s efforts in Germany and Europe, she worked in the bicycle industry in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria for more than 14 years. Already in these years she dedicated herself to the idea that bicycles are a powerful and simple vehicle that can change the world.
“Mobility is key for development – the bicycle is the most simple and sustainable solution to mobilize people and empower them to create access to education, health care and economic development.”