Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum
The Members of the Steering Committee were elected at the General Assembly in Helsinki on 2 February 2017.
You will find all important information about the functions and commitments of the Steering Committee in the Charter.
Elena Belokurova (German-Russian Exchange, St. Petersburg)
Elena Belokurova has been Head of the Board at the German-Russian Exchange (St. Petersburg) since 2007 and has been involved in educational projects and activities of the organisation. She has been also working with the St. Petersburg State University and the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, where she has been a lecturer on European integration and civil society. She has been also involved in the research work related to the NGOs and civil society in Russia and Europe. She gathered a lot of experiences and expertise in cooperation between Russian and EU organisations - such as NGOs, universities, or research institutions.
Simon Cosgrove (Rights in Russia, Ilminster)
Simon Cosgrove is CEO of “Rights in Russia”, a charity based in the UK that works to publicise and otherwise support the work of Russia's human rights defenders. Simon has worked on grant-making programmes supporting human rights organisations in Russia for more than 15 years. He has also worked as a researcher on Russia at Amnesty International. Simon is the author of Russian Nationalism and the Politics of Soviet Literature: the Case of Nash Sovremennik 1981-91 (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke & New York, 2004) and also contributes occasional articles and book reviews on Russian affairs to a number of publications.
Yuri Dzhibladze (Centre for Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Moscow)
Yuri Dzhibladze is President of the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russian NGO public policy and advocacy NGO. He has over 30 years of experience in the development of civil society and human rights work in Russia and other countries of the post-Soviet region as well as at the European and global level. Yuri is a co-founder and member of the Steering Committees of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and a co-founder and member of the Coordination Committee of the Civic Solidarity Platform. He is an author and editor of books, research papers and articles on human rights and democracy.
Harry Hummel (Netherlands Helsinki Committee, The Hague)
Harry Hummel is Associate Policy Director at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, where he is in charge of overall strategy development, external representation and advocacy. His responsibilities also include building national and international human rights coalitions to increase effectiveness of civil society human rights campaigning, promote the OSCE values, and improve enforcement of judgments by the European Court of Human Rights. Mr Hummel started his human rights advocacy in 1972, when he joined local group of Amnesty International. Later, he became a member of the national board of the AI Netherlands section. He was actively involved in the organisation’s international fora, and took part in a number of missions and projects in Colombia (South America).
Alexei Kozlov (Solidarity with the Civil Movement in Russia / Solidarität mit der Bürgerbewegung in Russland, Berlin)
Alexei Kozlov is Founder and Editor of the Article20 Portal, Co-Author of a monitoring methodology and state-of-the-art reports on freedom of assembly and freedom of association in the Russian Federation. In 2013, he was forced to leave Russia. In autumn 2013, Alexei participated in foundation of the organisation "Solidarity with the Civil Movement in Russia" (Solidarität mit der Bürgerbewegung in Russland). Since January 2014, he has been one of the organisers of the Conference "Repressions against Civil Society in Russia. Results of the Year". In 2014-2015, he was a postdoc fellow of the EU Programme at the University of Jena. Since 2015, Alexei has been Coordinator of the Programme "Modern Political Emigration from Russia".
Ralph du Long (UNITED for Intercultural Action, Amsterdam)
Ralph du Long is a lawyer living in the Netherlands, working across Europe as trainer/consultant for NGO’s on themes of anti-racism, non-discrimination and far-right. He has been working regularly with UNITED for Intercultural Action since 1999
Anna Skvortsova (NGO Development Centre, St. Petersburg)
Anna Skvortsova is the Executive Director of the NGO Development Centre in St. Petersburg. The centre is one of the largest, most experienced and oldest resource centres for NGOs in Russia. Currently, the main goals of the organization include support of NGOs and development of philanthropy and civil initiatives in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities.
In 2000-2008, Mrs Skvortsova was a founder and director of the Information and Analysis Centre for Social and Health NGOs . She also worked as Russian coordinator at the Finnish-Russian NGOs Network. Anna is an expert on international cooperation of the NGOs, partnership projects, and communication.
Natalia Taubina (Public Verdict Foundation, Moscow)
Natalia Taubina has been the Director at the Public Verdict since 2004. She is also a member of the Expert Council before the Russian Ombudsman. Previously, she was involved in the work of the Russian Research Centre for Human Rights, and worked as a director of the Foundation for Civil Society. Mrs. Taubina has extensive expertise in international human rights standards and mechanisms, specifically for law enforcement agencies, NGO management and evaluation. Natalia contributed to development and conducted more than 10 researches, authored dozens of publications on human rights issues and different aspects of NGO activities.
Ksenia Vakhrusheva (Environmental Rights Centre BELLONA, St. Petersburg)
Ksenia is a coordinator of renewable energy projects in the Environmental Rights Centre BELLONA, which was established to help people and local initiative groups in the Russian regions to fight for their right on a favourable environment in 1998. Together with Youth Human Rights Group in St. Petersburg, Ksenia participates in school projects on human rights education. Ksenia holds degree in Economics.
Łukasz Wenerski (Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw)
Łukasz Wenerski works as an analyst and project coordinator for the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). His areas of expertise include relations between the EU and Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries, especially Ukraine, and the Polish Eastern Policy. He has been representing IPA at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.