Yarik is the founder of the Ostrogorski Centre. A Harvard Law School grad, Yarik has been working for international law firms and taught law in the United Kingdom, Russia, Belarus and the United States for over ten years. He is originally from Minsk, Belarus and teaches law at the University of West London. His web site is kryvoi.net.
Areas of expertise: education, international public law, commercial dispute resolution, business climate.
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English.
Ryhor Astapenia is the founder of the Centre for New Ideas and an associate analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of Warsaw and advises civil society organisations in Belarus. He is originally from Salihorsk, Belarus.
Areas of expertise: Belarusian foreign policy, security, Belarus' political system.
Languages: Belarusian, Polish, Russian, English.
Olga Hryniuk is the project coordinator at the Ostrogorski Centre. She holds a LLB degree from the European Humanities University and a MA degree in International Relations from the University of Coventry. She comes from Minsk, Belarus.
Areas of expertise: energy policy, social policy
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, French
Siarhei Bohdan is an associate analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. He defended his doctoral thesis in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and is also an alumnus of Belarus State University and the European Humanities University in Lithuania. In 1999-2011, he worked with Nasha Niva, a Belarusian independent weekly. Siarhei comes from Maladechna, Belarus.
Areas of expertise: Belarusian foreign policy and national security
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, German
Alesia Rudnik is an analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. She obtained a BA in Political and Social Sciences at the European Humanities University. She holds an MA in Political Science from Stockholm University. She has been working as an international elections observer in different countries as well as in non- governmental organisations in Belarus and Sweden. Her main research interests are digitalisation and democracy, civil societies development in EaP countries and human rights.
Areas of expertise: civil society of Belarus and Eastern European countries, advocacy in non-democratic states, political system of Belarus.
Languages: Belarusian, English, Russian
Igar Gubarevich is a senior analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre based in Minsk. He grew up in Bielaaziorsk in Brest region and graduated with honours from the Minsk State Institute of Foreign Languages. In 1993 – 2006, Igar worked in various diplomatic positions at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, including postings in New York and Paris.
Areas of expertise: Belarus foreign policy, business climate in Belarus, Western Europe, United States, international organisations.
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, French, English.
Paula Borowska is an analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. She was born in Bialystok and studied at the University of Gdansk and the University of Bologna where she obtained an MA in Eastern European studies. Paula also completed an internship at the Centre for Eastern Studies Studies in Warsaw where her work primarily focused on Belarus.
Areas of expertise: national minorities, borderlands studies, religious studies, Belarus-Poland relations.
Languages: Polish, Belarusian, Russian, English.