Marina has over three years of development experience and ten years of international volunteer experience. She graduated from Saint Petersburg State University with a Bachelor’s in Management with a semester at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Marina has contributed to several social development organizations from around the world. For the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Marina applied strategic planning skills to develop a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to increase national outreach. She became a fellow of the UN Foundation and Fair Observer “Voices of the World” Program, and deepened her experience in social journalism. At The Earth Saviours Foundation in India, Marina developed awareness campaigns on noise pollution and environmental issues. At a refugee camp in Hungary, she organized sustainable development, employment, and human rights sessions for the refugees. She was Head of Public Relations at the International Sustainable Energy Development Centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Moscow. There, Marina was in charge of preparing climate and energy conferences and monitoring international clean energy policies for the Ministries of Energy and Environment. These activities allowed her to strengthen analytical reporting and content creation skills to ensure a strong public and government relations profile. She promoted sustainable practices during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi and Rio. Marina is passionate about sustainability agenda, climate change and environment, women empowerment, and volunteering.

Host Organization: Spark

Role at Host Organization: Marina will provide programs, communications, and resource development assistance to the Executive Director. She will be involved in all aspects of the operations including programming, marketing, and fundraising.