• Vitali Silitski (†)

    The first BISS director. M.A. in Politics (Central European University, Hungary) and PhD. in Political Science (Rutgers University). He was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (Washington D.C.) and visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (Stanford University). He authored ‘Postponed Freedom: Post-Communist Authoritarianism in Serbia and Belarus’ (2002) and coauthored Historical Dictionary of Belarus (2007). He was also the author of over 100 articles published in Belarus, USA, EU, and Russia.

    Vitali specialized in democratization and authoritarianism in the former USSR, electoral revolutions, politics of economic reforms, EU relations with Belarus, Belarus-Russia integration, etc.

    In the academia, he is known for the conception of preemptive authoritarianism.

    Vitali Silitski untimely passed away on June 11, 2011, at the age of 39.

    To learn more about Vitali and his intellectual heritage, please visit the site Vital Silitsky: in memoriam.

  • Piotr Rudkouski

    BISS Director. PhD in analytical philosophy (Warsaw University).

    In the past, he lectured at European Humanities University (Vilnius) and Lazarski University (Warsaw). He was a guest lecturer at Jagiellonian University, Warsaw University, Wroclaw University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and Bialystok University.

    In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at Southwestern College in Winfield, USA. He was twice a research fellow of the Institute of Civic Space and Public Policy (Warsaw) and headed the Belarusian Centre, a section of the institute. In 2017, he was a research fellow in the Centre for Eastern Studies (Warsaw) within the Think Visegrad Fellowship programme.

    He is the author of four books and over 100 articles.

    In 2013, Rudkouski received the prestigious Polish Lew Sapieha Award "for outstanding merits in shaping and developing civil society in Belarus and bringing Belarus closer to Europe". In 2020, he was awarded a nominee's diploma of Sviatlana Navumava Award within the category 'Political Science / Political Technology in 2019.'

    The area of academic interests: democratization of Belarus, value integration of Belarus and EU, eurasianism, national identity, the conception of an open society, critical thinking.

    Apart from his mother tongue Belarusian, he commands Polish, English, Russian, and Lithuanian.


  • Vadim Mojeiko

    BISS analyst. PhD in Cultural Studies. Holds a Master's degree in Management. A Board member of the PA Discussion and analytical community “Liberal Club”(Minsk). Ambassador of the Press Club Belarus community.

    Since 2016 associate professor of the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture (Department of Social Sciences and Humanities).

    Research interests: soft Belarusianization, cultural diplomacy, cultural and educational policy, public administration.

    Apart from his mother tongue Belarusian, he commands Russian and English.



  • Andrei Lavruhin

    BISS senior analyst. In 2001, he received his PhD from St. Petersburg State University. An Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. An expert of the Public Bologna Committee (Minsk, Vilnius), and a member of the Council of the Belarusian Expert Community "Our Opinion" (Minsk, Vilnius).

    In the past, he headed the Department of Political Philosophy of European Humanities University (Minsk, Vilnius). He was a visiting scholar at a number of German universities: Technische Universität zu Berlin, Albert-Lüdwigs-Universität Freiburg, and Universität zu Köln.

    He authored more than 80 scientific and popular science works on psychology, the sociology of knowledge as well as scientific, educational and innovation policy.

    The area of academic interests: education, science, innovation, and human capital.

    Apart from his mother tongue Russian, he commands Belarusian, German, and English.


  • Katsiaryna Shmatsina

    BISS analyst. She holds a master's degree in International Relations from Syracuse University, New York (2016) and a degree in law from Belarusian State University (2013).

    Previously, Katsiaryna worked for the American Bar Association where she was involved in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), especially in the projects on good governance and rule of law in the UNDP in-country offices. She also served as a pro bono local expert on Belarus for the World Bank’s Doing Business and Women, Business, and the Law reports.

    In 2018, Katsiaryna was awarded a fellowship at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, Washington DC. In 2016, she received a Civil Society Leadership Award from the Open Society Foundations.

    In June - July 2019, she was a research fellow in the Polish Institute of International Affairs (Warsaw) within the prestigious Think Visegrad Fellowship programme.

    The area of academic interests: Belarus’ foreign policy, international security, geopolitical risks, Russia, Eurasia, and NATO.

    Apart from mother tongue Belarusian, she commands Russian, English, German, and French.


  • Anna Cherniak

    BISS intern from March 1, 2020. She majors in political science at Belarusian State Economic University.

    Anna was twice awarded a scholarship of the special fund of the President of the Republic of Belarus for the support of gifted students.

    In 2019, Anna was a winner (second place diploma) of 26th International scientific conference of students, postgraduates and young scientists "Lomonosov".

    Research interests: international cooperation, historical memory and value identity.

    Apart from mother tongue Belarusian, she commands Russian, Polish and English.


  • Pakhi Gauba

    BISS intern since May 1, 2020. She is a student International Relations at Amity University, Noida (India). In the past, she was a field analyst in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of India, worked with the Essel Group, Amity School Of Communication, Young India Foundation, and Country and Politics initiative.

    Pakhi is the author of the book ‘Feelings And A Pen - the Chaos Inside My Head’ and the founder of ‘The Scimemoir Writer’ (a blog aiming at connecing Science with Literature). 

    A winner of various awards in the field of writing, anchoring, reporting, and poetry. 

    Research interests include: human rights, international relations and cross-cultural analysis. 

    Apart from her mother tongue Hindi, she also commands English and, at the level of basic communication, German and Spanish.