Alina has almost 20 years of experience in teaching, course development, and research on economic policy and national economic resilience. From 2016 to 2018, she served as a research chief and senior research fellow with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Sciences, where she worked on a project to ensure the resilience of the Ukrainian economy for European integration. For her fellowship project, she will explore Ukraine's economic recovery and resilience under (post)martial law.
Ucha is an International research fellow at the Information Society Law Center (ISLC) of the University of Milan. His primary research areas include the rule of law, human rights, anti-corruption policy and anti-money laundering law. Prior to joining the University of Milan, Ucha was a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute’s (EUI) School of Transnational Governance (STG) in Florence, Italy. For his fellowship research project, he will explore why Georgia has failed to become an EU candidate country and what it needs to do to achieve this status in the near future.
Tamar is the director and founder of the Georgian NGO Democracy Research Institute. She has worked in Georgia as an expert and human rights defender for over 20 years. Currently, Tamar is a Sectoral Coordinator of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on Human Rights and Protection against Torture. In her capacity, she has advised Georgia's public defender on human rights issues. Her fellowship research topic focuses on bringing security sector institutions under democratic control.
Lina is an independent journalist, an expert on foreign policy and international relations, and a member of the Foreign Policy Association (APE) of the Republic of Moldova. She focuses on European integration, internal and external affairs of Moldova, and Transnistrian law and regulation. Lina is part of the team of organisers of the annual European Integration Forum of the Republic of Moldova, hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Moldova's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Policy Association.
Maia has university degrees in law and public policy. She has 11 years of experience in project management, primarily focused on children's rights, specialising in juvenile justice, migration, violence against children and preschool education. Maia’s current position is Child Rights Advisor at International Association Civitas Georgia. For her fellowship project, she intends to develop policy recommendations for Ukrainian refugee children in Georgia.
Davit is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Yerevan State University's Faculty of International Relations. From September 2021 to March 2023 he was an assistant to the Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia. His fellowship project focuses on the possible role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the conflict transformation process from the experience of Central and Eastern European countries.