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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 10 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. In August 2021, the Minsk City Executive Committee liquidated the "Center of New Political, Economic and Social Ideas". Since 2022, the Center for New Ideas has been registered as a non-governmental organization in Poland: Stowarzyszenie "Centrum Nowych Idei".

    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-governmental organisations that work for prosperous Belarus. Currently, we have 35,000 followers around the world and this number continues to grow.

    > 35K
    subscribers

    We organized major events in Minsk and in the regions until 2020. However, after the liquidation of the organization, we work with Belarusians online and offline in Warsaw and Vilnius.

    > 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.

    Ryhor Astapenia

    Ryhor Astapenia

    Ryhor Astapenia is the Founder and Distinguished Fellow at the Center for New Ideas. He is also the Director of the Belarus Initiative at Chatham House. Ryhor has a PhD in political science from the University of Warsaw. He comes from Salihorsk.
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    Alesia Rudnik

    Alesia Rudnik

    Director of the Center for New Ideas. She comes from Hrodna and graduated from European Humanities University (political science). In Sweden, she received two master’s degrees in political science and journalism and is currently writing her PhD thesis on technology and democratization in autocracies. Alesia worked as an analyst and wrote for Belarus Digest, Atlantic […]
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    Darya Rubleuskaya

    Darya Rubleuskaya

    Coordinator of educational projects of the Center for New Ideas. Studied at the Belarusian State Economic University at the Faculty of Law, engaged in student and youth activism. Coordinates the “Solidarity Postcards Workshop” initiative and manages educational projects on human rights. Trainer of informal education.
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    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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    Henadz Korshunau

    Henadz 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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    Tatsiana Ashurkevich

    Tatsiana Ashurkevich

    Political journalist. She was born in Stolin, graduated from Belarusian State University in “International Journalism”. Previously, she worked for Onliner and Zerkalo, where she conducted interviews with Belarusian and foreign politicians. Tatsiana collaborated with The New York Times Magazine, Tagesspiegel, Veridica. Co-host of the international politics podcast “Now it’s clear”. She is currently doing a […]
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    Herman Zabaronak

    Herman Zabaronak

    Herman earned a master’s degree in International Trade Policy from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and is presently pursuing studies at the University of Warsaw with a research focus on Russian influence in Eastern Europe. Notable involvement includes participation in research endeavors such as “Image of Belarus in international media” and “Narratives in the […]
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    Dzianis Rabchuk 

    Dzianis Rabchuk 

    Dzianis is a junior researcher at the Center for New Ideas. Dzianis was born and raised in Brest, currently studies Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University, Italy. His interests include policy design, institutional development, political technologies, and democratization.
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    Mikita Chaikouski

    Mikita Chaikouski

    Junior researcher at the Center for New Ideas. Born in Minsk, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Economic Sociology at BSUE, and obtained a Master’s in Economics. Has extensive experience in the Start-up environment and IT industry, currently working as a Senior SEO Manager at a IT company.
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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