• 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), within which he headed the Belarusian Centre. He is the author of four books and over 100 articles.

    In 2013, he received the prestigious Polish Lew Sapieha Award "for outstanding merits in shaping and developing civil society in Belarus and bringing Belarus closer to Europe".

    The area of academic interests: democratization of Belarus, value integration of Belarus and EU, 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. 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.
    Apart from working as a BISS analyst, he is 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). 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 law degree 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.

    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.