uh.ycilop|avonuostilk#avonustilK anelE is the Program Director of the Center for International and Regional Policy (CIRP), located in St.Petersburg, Russian Federation. She is responsible for developing, implementing and reporting of projects, liaison with donors, and media relations. Project managed by her currently is the development of CIRP School Sessions and related education programs, including design and delivery of training modules on public policy, policy communication, career planning in the nonprofit sector. She is also involved in the research on the EU-Russian relations, the Baltic Sea Region building, as well as Russian policy-making with a particular focus on the role of non-state actors in decision- and policy-making.
She obtained her M.Phil. in Political Science and MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest after graduating from the St. Petersburg State University in Russian-Soviet Studies.
Before joining CIRP she was a visiting lecturer of public policy and communications at the North-West Academy of State Service, St.Petersburg, Russia, and Research Assistant at the Center for Newly Independent States Studies, St.Petersburg State University. She also worked as Editor and Research Assistant with the International News Agency, St.Petersburg, Russia
Elena worked in a team with Ashot since 2006 in designing and delivering training modules on policy writing, analysis and advocacy. Their international consulting and training experience spans former Soviet Union region and Eastern and Central Europe.
In 2006-2007, Ashot and Elena successfully completed an extensive Training of Trainers program conducted by Eóin Young and Lisa Quinn, the course directors and core trainers of LGI/Open Society Institute "Policy Advocacy Capacity Development Program", and both have been certified by LGI/Open Society Institute to deliver the following 3 training modules:
1. Writing effective policy papers to influence decision-making
2. Producing policy-relevant analysis and writing to influence decision-making
3. Developing effective advocacy strategies for policy action.