Dr. Kristina Reinsalu

Dr. Kristina Reinsalu

Senior Expert, eGA

Kristina Reinsalu is Senior Expert on e-Democracy at the e-Governance Academy. She consults and leads the initiation, planning, implementation, and monitoring of local, national, and international projects on digital engagement and open governance and on how ICTs can support these processes. Kristina helps central and local governments and civil society organisations to understand: 

  • how ICT influences the everyday political and societal practices of citizens and society as a whole 
  • how governments should respond to the expectations and demands of citizens to act as partners 
  • how to make decision-making processes transparent and participative and what added value it brings 

Local democracy is Kristina’s passion, as she sees it as a testbed for democracy innovations. She has led projects promoting open governance and e-tools for democracy in EaP countries such as Georgia, Moldova, etc., and consulted municipalities in Estonia, Latvia and elsewhere on open governance and participatory budgeting. Her most recent projects measure the impact of e-participation initiatives and how citizens’ engagement helps cities to become more resilient in facing green deal challenges. 

She is an internationally acknowledged public speaker on digital engagement. Her articles have been published in various international scientific journals and newspapers. 

Kristina holds an MA in Public Relations and a PhD in Media and Communications. 

She speaks Estonian, English, Spanish, Russian, and some German.