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The Team

`Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress` is coordinated by an international team of six key experts, headed by the team leader Stephan Malerius. The team is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Get to know us!

Who We Are

Team leader
Stephan Malerius

Stephan is an expert for Central and Eastern European countries, in particular Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Russia. He used to work as Senior project manager for German-Russian Exchange in Berlin and St. Petersburg (1999 – 2006), Head of Belarus-office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung based in Vilnius (2007-2011); Head of Evaluation department at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin (2011-2013).

Project & Guidance Manager
Natasa Gospodjinacki

Natasa has been working in project management for national and international institutions (EU, OSCE, Regional Governments, Ministries, Chambers of Commerce) and projects for more than 25 years. She is an expert in Eastern European Countries and specialized in institutional capacity building, economic development, policy advice to central state and local institutions, as well as in EC tendering and contracting procedures, contract management, procurement, monitoring and project evaluation. Natasa is the responsible expert for the `Support` component, providing trainings for CSOs in EU application and management, information sessions, as well as for the monitoring and evaluation of `Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress` activities. 

Capacity Development Manager
Serhiy Polianski

Serhiy has over 14 years of experience in international technical assistance projects, funded by Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Department for International Development, British Council, USAID and European Union. His skills include operational and financial project management, consultancy and contract management, as well as winning competitive tenders for donor funding. He has been working with state authorities and civil society organisations in the areas of social and community development, good governance, human rights, EU integration and capacity building. Projects managed by Serhiy Polianski cover a wide geographical scope, including EU member states and Eastern Partnership countries.

Scientific coordinator for the South Caucasus
David Aprasidze

David is scientific coordinator of the project in the South Caucasus, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a professor of political science at Ilia State University. From the year 2010 to 2012 he was Dean of Graduate Studies at Ilia State University. From 2008 to 2009 he was chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), one of leading Think-Tanks in Georgia. He studied politics at Tbilisi State University and received his PhD in political science from the University of Hamburg in Germany. In 2009 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research at Duke University. His fields of research include post-Soviet transformation, foreign policy decision making, and Georgia’s political institutions.

Project Coordinator
Tetiana Shamrai

Tetiana holds Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws Degrees from the National University "Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine"(Kharkiv, Ukraine). In 2011, she received her LL.M. degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (California, USA). She practiced law for 2 years in Ukraine and alongside was a project coordinator (later - a country director) of an American-Ukrainian, partially funded by the USAID, educational project for law students. Tetiana was also a part-time Assistant Professor in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy for 3 years where she taught a course in English called “Adversarial Proceedings”.

Finance and Office Manager
Nataliya Heletska

Nataliya has been working in the international technical assistance sphere since July 2007. She used to work as Financial Officer and Projects Assistant for National Association of Regional Development Agencies (2007-2008), Project Assistant (2008-2010), Project Administrator (2010-2012) and Project Coordinator (2012-2013) for Regional Governance and Development Project funded by CIDA.  

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