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    About
    Team
    Our mission

    Who we are

    The Center for New Ideas has served as an independent think tank in Belarus for 8 years. We are a devoted team of individuals that hope to create and inform new policies for the path of a new Belarus while also helping Belarus overcome the challenges that our country faces in the 21st century.

    Dozens of active individuals have been part of the Center for New Ideas, and we are always glad to welcome new members to our team.

    Our team
    >10
    people in the team

    The Center for New Ideas is one of the most popular non-partisan organizations in Belarus. Currently, we have 35,000 followers around the world and this number continues to grow.

    > 35K
    subscribers

    Each year, we host two major conferences in Minsk and more than a dozen regional events in cooperation with local organizations.

    > 65
    events

    How to support CNI

    The Center for New Ideas isn’t involved in any commercial activity, therefore we rely on two resources: the enthusiasm of our team and your financial aid. You can support our organization and make a voluntary donation to our Patreon page.

     

     

    The Center for
    New Ideas

    The Center for New Idea's team comes from many different backgrounds including: activists; business owners, department heads of international corporations, those involved in the media, and diplomats.

    Anna Krauchanka

    Anna Krauchanka

    She is a community manager of The Center for new ideas. Anna graduated from Belarusian State Economic University in Minsk at the Faculty of Management. She worked in marketing in B2B and B2C companies. Anna is also an activist, project manager of the chat-bot “Movement of the majority“.
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    Pavel Slunkin

    Pavel Slunkin

    Pavel is a project coordinator for the “Global Expert Network on Belarus”.He is an analyst of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Pavel comes from Brest, he graduated with honors from the Faculty of International Relations of the Belarusian State University. Slunkin is an alumnus of a number of programs by the Netherlands Institute of […]
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    Alexander Mazurkin

    Alexander Mazurkin

    Master’s degree in intergovernmental cooperation from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Has extensive experience in public communication, policy research and organizational development. Since 2010 he has been engaged in project management within the framework of international assistance in the countries of Eastern Europe and East Africa.
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    Genadz Korshunau

    Genadz Korshunau

    Senior Researcher at the Center for New Ideas. He was born and raised in Minsk. He graduated with honors from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Belarusian State University. He worked for 9 years at the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, then for three years at […]
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    Pavel Matsukevich

    Pavel Matsukevich

    Pavel Matsukevich is a senior researcher at the Center for New Ideas and a former diplomat, having served as the charge d’affaires of Belarus in Switzerland from 2016 to 2020.
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    Lesia Rudnik

    Lesia Rudnik

    Researcher of the Center for New Ideas. Lesia comes from Hrodna and lives in Stockholm. She received master’s degrees in Political Science and Journalism in Sweden. She is currently writing a PhD thesis on the communication of political bloggers in authoritarian states. Lesia was one of the coordinators of a successful campaign to change the […]
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    Tanya Kovalyonok

    Tanya Kovalyonok

    Tanya received her master’s degree in International Development and Education from Newcastle University (Great Britain). Tanya was born in Minsk, where she studied Publishing at Belarusian State Technological University. Later she studied at graduate school of Moscow State University of Printing Arts and worked at international creative agencies. She has been working in the sphere […]
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    Ilya Shyla

    Ilya Shyla

    Ilya is an owner of several business projects and responsible for technical development of the Center for New Ideas. Moreover, he creates and maintains websites. Ilya comes from Salihorsk and studied in University of Opole and University of Gdańsk.
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    Maryia Rusak

    Maryia Rusak

    Maryia is a doctoral student and staff member of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Maryia is an alumna of the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway. She graduated from Princeton University with a magna cum laude diploma in architecture and urban planning and from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. […]
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    Gleb Martinov

    Gleb Martinov

    Gleb is a manager at a large Belarusian IT company. Gleb studied at Minsk State Linguistics University, Lincoln University in the United States and the University of Oslo. He interned at Missouri House of Representatives and a Belarusian company in Venezuela. Gleb comes from Viciebsk.
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    Ivan Shyla

    Ivan Shyla

    Ivan is an owner of a cleaning company and a co-host of Idea podcast. Ivan comes from Salihorsk. Earlier, he worked as social media manager for several Belarusian media outlets. He studied Law and Public Administration at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Also, he was about to go to doctoral studies in Gdansk University, […]
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    Our mission

    It is important for us that ideas for making Belarus more open, prosperous and resilient are able to take flight, reaching decision-makers and becoming the most influential in society. If the best policy proposals reach the widest possible audience, they are more likely to be implemented.

    We go about this by engaging with society to discuss reforms and supporting independent research and future leaders.

     

    We aim to involve the general public in expert policy discussion on Belarus’s development. We make it through our events, online sites and cooperation with the biggest Belarusian media outlets.

    Involving society

    Our evidence-based studies are a source of expertise not only for traditional think tank audiences, but also for a broad spectrum of Belarusian society. Our analytical products include the Ranking of Belarusian Cities and the Index of Belarusian Future.

    Researching

    We value Belarus's future leaders and are able to help them along their path to success. We are able to help with educational programs such as the School of Young Reformers, the Belarus Urban Fellowship and the Vitali Silitski Fellowship. Moreso, we also attract new leaders, both as guests and as speakers to our events and empower them to publish their work on the CNI website.

    Investing in future leaders