Heiki first joined our community as a translator back in 2011 and quickly became involved in all areas of our work. They have served as a member of the legal association since 2013 and as vice president of the FSFE since Fall 2016.
Over their long history of volunteering with us, Heiki has worked within FSFE to improve volunteer engagement, make participation in FSFE safer and more appealing to marginalized groups, and simplify the structure of the FSFE. To that end they have been involved in preparing, ensuring the successful passage of, and implementing our Code of Conduct and a number of constitutional changes. Volunteer engagement, diversity, and inclusivity remain Heiki's current priorities within FSFE.
Heiki has also contributed to a number of our efforts to promote software freedom and interoperability. They have liaised with public administrations to stop them promoting proprietary software and to encourage them to release software they develop as Free Software. Heiki has further educated the public about Free Software at conferences and fairs.
In their professional life, Heiki is currently a doctoral researcher at Lancaster University, where they use altimetry satellites to study ice loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Before that they spent two years teaching physics and chemistry at school. As such, Heiki is particularly interested in the intersections of software freedom, scientific research, and education.
Heiki holds the Master of Engineering degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Glasgow and enjoys hiking and climbing when not volunteering for FSFE or pursuing their research.