Elena Rudneva received a Master’s degree in sociology from St. Petersburg State University, majoring in European Studies. In 2020, Elena completed professional training in psychological counseling and group leadership and currently combines work in NGOs with psychological counseling. Elena has seven years of experience in the non-profit organization Charity Foundation “Step Foward” as a project manager. Over the years, Elena has run more than 100 fundraising campaigns and organized more than 300 events for different audiences, including corporate charity projects. In 2020, Elena participated in charity fundraising for rapid tests for COVID -19 for medical facilities in the city. As an independent psychological counselor, Elena participates in the international FEM and LGBT-friendly volunteer project “Adriatica” to provide psychological assistance to vulnerable populations, people in difficult life situations and members of minorities. Elena has experience working on the city helpline to provide emergency psychological help to the population. Her main interests are in the field of protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, feminism and grassroots initiatives.
Valeriya Ermilova has two years of experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. While working as a Public Relations Manager for the LGBTQ Rights Organization, she wrote articles based on interviews and led projects to promote awareness of the current state of Russian LGBTQ rights. Previously, Valeriya worked at the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky, on the project “Coalition Against Stalkerware,” aimed at deterring gender-based digital violence and sexual abuse. Apart from that, Valeriya is contributing as an Internal Relations Manager to the Board of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), a non-governmental youth-led organization. Engagement in international sessions of the EYP as a delegate, journalist and organizer, strengthened her communication, planning, and problem-solving competencies. Valeriya is also interested in promoting gender equality and youth leadership and plans to explore the human rights aspect of peacebuilding while studying for her Master’s degree.
Polina Shubina has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video from the Saint Petersburg University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Polina is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of a cultural foundation, Floating EKA, whose mission is to develop creative potential and build a cross-cultural dialogue between people, communities, and companies in the Baltic Sea region. After the past year of intense work in the nonprofit sphere — creating the mission, vision and strategy for the project — Polina gained experience in strategic planning, project coordination, and negotiations with potential partners and donors. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Polina spent eight years working with major international creative productions assisting a technical department, coordinating volunteers, working as a stage manager, and acting as an English-Russian interpreter. In 2018, Polina volunteered at a Bread and Puppet activist theatre, giving workshops to activist and community groups and college and elementary school students across the country. In 2014, Polina worked for two months on the Olympics and Paralympic Games ceremonies in Sochi as a Creative Department Assistant, assisting choreographers during rehearsals, managing 50 volunteers, and helping with translation. Polina believes that art and culture are ideal tools to talk about complex topics like environmental issues, peaceful society, and tolerance.
Maria Melnikova has over ten years of experience in marketing project management, where she developed skills in BTL, CRM and events, that she is eager to apply for social good. Maria’s childhood years in Libya, Syria, and Iraq provided her with an understanding of cultural diversity and the challenges faced by different communities, which subsequently led to her further interest in working in a global environment. Maria has extensive volunteering experience for AIESEC Brazil, UNV online, todogood, and ProCharity platforms in Russia. Maria graduated from the Allrussia Academy of Foreign Trade with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Trade Management and from Moscow Higher School of Business MIRBIS with a Master’s degree in Marketing Management. Additionally, Maria joined the European Center for Peace and Development as a candidate for the MBA program in 2018. She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner in cross-cultural communication. Maria believes in a world without borders and in 2020 joined the Civic Assistance Committee to work with refugees and migrants in Russia. Maria enjoys traveling, water sports, and caring for her foster labrador Martha.
Irina Bogdanova is a Chief Specialist in SamaraNIPIoil Ltd, ROSNEFT, Russia. She became a technical reference due to her specialization in environmental project development for gas and oil areas. Irina develops safety and environmental guidelines for important clients who are based in various cities. The expertise and knowledge associated with environmental safety gave Irina the recognition of her company, and she presented and shared her work in the “Environmental Protection in Oil and Gas Complex” journal as the co-author of the article “Methods of Utilization and Processing Oil-Contaminated Soil.” Irina acquired a deep technical background, leadership, and communication skills during her professional career in diverse projects, which required her to be flexible and adapt to new environments.
Evgeniya Dolina is a creative professional with a diverse background in media, marketing, and international NGOs. For over six years of her career, she accumulated the best practices of journalism, commercial content writing, and editorial management. She is currently working in a medical startup that contributes to fighting cancer. While still completing her degree in Journalism, she already worked at her first Olympics. Shortly after that, she made her first appearance as a news reporter on TV. After almost two years on screen, she paused her career to earn a Master’s degree at Goldsmiths University, London. In 2018 she started working as a Project Coordinator at the Japanese Broadcasting Company, NHK. Within the next two years, she helped produce numerous programs addressing Russian social and political issues. She eventually left to step into the role of Creative Editor at Movavi, an international IT company. Next, she took up a volunteer position as the Copywriting Team Lead at an international charity organization, Health & Help, which delivers medical help to some of the world’s poorest regions. Having gained some experience in medical content, Evgeniya joined MedTech, so she could expand her impact on the world.
Elizaveta Godunova earned a Master’s degree in Political Science Applied to Ethnic Policy from Saint Petersburg State University in Saint Petersburg in 2017. After her baccalaureate, she worked for the Leningrad Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry as an Assistant of the President. There, she mastered valuable professional skills such as statistical analysis, political and media landscape, and executive support. Also, she helped with facilitating the entry and support of foreign companies in the market of Russia and the CIS countries. During the master’s program, she trained in the government of the Novgorod region. There, she helped small and medium-sized businesses and the government to organize joint work. After university, Elizaveta worked at the Honey House LLC as a Marketing Assistant. She performed various marketing analyses, presentations about company development, and prepared the company for special exhibitions. Her main achievement was work on the Dozhd TV channel, a Russian independent television channel, where she organized the cooperation of the TV channel with the Ministry of Defense, taking into account unstable relations. Also, she worked with specialized companies on cooperation issues and led the organization of the filming process. Now, she is working for The Center for Strategic Research North-West Foundation as a Strategic Consultant.
Elena Kizimina is an expert in organizational psychology, specifically regarding staff education, training, and development, with particular attention to career transformation, personal self-awareness, and change. She has five years of experience as a Project General Manager in the construction and development of innovative centers for child care, edutainment, psychological support, and professional orientation. Elena believes that career guidance should be included in the concept of secondary education since early ages, and implemented this social initiative across education facilities. During this job, she was responsible for all stages of a project launch starting from concept generation, leading a team, organizational planning, GR, fundraising, and stakeholder management. The centers she ran now provide special training in various professional areas, such as developing strengths and leadership skills, IT awareness, skills for online study, and wellbeing. Elena is also passionate about hand-holding for adults who face the problem of career adjustment and unhappiness. As for her professional background, Elena was a teacher and a personal tutor after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Teacher Training University. Subsequently, she earned her Master’s in Foreign Trade Management. While gaining practical experience working for a global company in logistics, she continued postgraduate education at the University of Warwick, with a closer focus on Organization Management and Human Psychology. Elena’s teaching skills combined with actual business management resulted in her deep insight into how people make change within organizations and what the root causes are.
Alina Shaikhlislamova focuses on the goal of improving healthcare in Russia and the world by increasing the availability of innovative medicine for everyone. Alina possesses communication and organizational skills and has experience organizing and leading a volunteer team of ten people to teach schoolchildren to sort consumption waste and improve the environment. Alina also has technical and medical knowledge gained from over eight years as a Medical Equipment Sales Manager, Biomedical Engineer, and Implant Modeling worker. For almost three years now, Alina works as a Design Engineer of implants and medical equipment, where she wrote four know-hows and filed a patent. Alina’s main tasks are communicating with customers, forming a concept of a product, implementing modeling a prosthesis or equipment using software, and drawing up a report on the work done. Additionally, Alina is a Research Assistant at the Cyprus University of Technology in Cyprus. Together with her team, Alina is developing a new generation of portable blood analyzers. Working as an Engineer and Scientist, Alina continually participates in various scientific exhibitions and symposia. She annually makes scientific reports as a popularizer of science at city educational sites. Alina is concerned about the political and human rights situations in Russia. Alina would like to see her native country and fellow citizens take initiative for the country’s ecology, tolerate and respect each other, and know and defend their rights.
Kristina Shingalova has three and a half years of experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Specialist degree in Organizational Management of Organization from the Russian International Academy of Tourism in Kazan, Russia. During her three years as Customer Relations Officer at AWRostamani Group in the United Arab Emirates, she helped improve the company’s marketing strategies and initiated the collection of plastic bottles and paper waste to provide wheelchairs for children with disabilities in collaboration with Red Crescent in Dubai and a non-profit organization from Serbia. Previously, Kristina worked in various banks where she assisted clients with financial advice and for a major tour operator Pegas Touristic as a tour guide interpreter and hotel guide where she helped plan and organize trips for MICE groups. In 2019, Kristina volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She also helped raise funds for the local animal shelter by collecting plastic, paper, and cans in the community, and volunteered as a knitting instructor at the Center for Children with Special Needs in 2011 and 2010 to help develop fine motor skills in children in her hometown in Chuvashia, Russia. Through these experiences, Kristina developed strong fundraising and project management skills. She is heavily involved in the field of human ecology and has a keen interest in finding solutions to environmental challenges and developing youth policy.
Yury Mysin has more than fifteen years of experience in the banking sector. Currently, he is the Project Manager in the Department of DWH development. Yury has earned a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from the Moscow Academy of Education. Having more than six years of volunteering experience in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Russia, Yury was a mentor of two orphans and an active member of the developing team, as well as an ambassador of this program in his community. His social interest is to help children from orphanages and disadvantaged children. Yury believes that networking is the most important tool for any society as it helps to connect people in their careers and private lives. So he makes effort to develop a volunteering community organization.
Valentin Kravchenko is from Shakhty, Russia. He gained a versatile education at the Southern Federal University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Medical Physics. During his studies, Valentin was offered a position at the University’s Department of Biotechnology as a researcher. In this position, his main focus area was studying computational neuroscience, realistic modeling, physical and chemical processes in the cell, and mathematical modeling of the cell’s process. Additionally, Valentin took part in science conferences in neurobiology where he was awarded for his scientific oral presentations. Among other things, he has begun to work as a self-employed private math tutor and was a researcher at the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Chemistry. His work focuses on computational modeling of viruses’ capsid. After returning to Russia, he continued to teach mathematics. In this position, he assisted in the preparation of university admissions through an individualized teaching system. Valentin continually improves his skills in order to increase the chances of his students’ success. In addition, Valentin accompanies his students during their university studies, building trajectories of successful learning and development as professionals.