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 Development Director at the Ostrogorski Centre. He also edits the Belarusian internet magazine Idea and coordinates the BelarusProfile.com project. Ryhor 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.
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.
Vadzim Smok is a project coordinator and analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. Originally from Hrodna, he currently resides in Minsk. Vadzim holds a BA and an MA in Political Science from European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Areas of expertise: public policy, domestic politics, national identity, history.
Languages: Russian, English, Belarusian.
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.
Volha Charnysh is an analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. She is a PhD Candidate in Government at Harvard University. Her research explores how ideas, identity and culture shape patterns of political attitudes and behaviour within and across states. Her dissertation focuses on the long-term effects of forced migration in the wake of WWII on economic and political development in Europe. Volha comes from Hrodna, Belarus. Her web site is charnysh.net.
Areas of expertise: identity politics, migration, historical legacies, ethnic conflict, framing effects, Eastern Europe.
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, German, Polish.
Alesia Rudnik is an analyst at the Ostrogorski Centre. Alesia obtained a BA in Political and Social Sciences at the European Humanities University. Currently, she is writing a master's thesis at Stockholms University. Alesia is also a lecturer at the Golden Age University in Hrodna. She has an experience of work in non-governmental organisations and international election observation mission. During her studies at the EHU she received the Uladzimir Furs scholarship.
Areas of expertise: civil society of Belarus and Eastern European countries, advocacy in non-democratic states, political system of Belarus.
Languages: Belarusian, English, Russian
Jeremy Coppock is an intern at the Ostrogorski Centre. He holds a BA in Slavic Languages from the University of Washington and is currently working on an International MA in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow and Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He was a Fulbright fellow at the Belarusian State Economic University in Minsk and has also worked in Moscow.
Areas of expertise: Belarusian nation-building, identity, and Belarusian migration.
Languages: English, Russian, French, Czech
Alena Mikhalkovich is an intern at the Ostrogorski Centre. She is currently pursuing a BA degree at New York University Abu Dhabi, specialising in Middle Eastern Studies. She is also a United World College scholar, studied at UWC Maastricht.
Areas of expertise: Middle East, IT in Belarus.
Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, Arabic.