• Vitali Silitski (†)

    The first BISS director. Graduated from the Belarusian State University (department of Philosophy and Economy, program in Sociology) in 1994. He holds M.A. in Politics (Central European University, Hungary) and Ph.d. in Political Science (Rutgers University). In 1999-2003, he worked as associate professor at the European Humanities Univerisity in Minsk, a position he lost when the university administration took orders from the authorities to punish him for publicly criticizing the government of President Lukashenka. Afterwards 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’ (in Belarusian, published at ARCHE magazine in 2002) and Historical Dictionary of Belarus (with Jan Zaprudnik, Scarecrow Press, 2007). He also authored over 100 pubications on the issues of democratization and authoritarianism in the former USSR, electoral revolutions and preemptive authoritarianism, politics of economic reforms, EU relations with Belarus, Belarus-Russia integration, etc. In 2007, he was appointed director of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies.

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

  • Piotr Rudkouski

    BISS Director. He received his MA from Jagiellonian University (Krakow) and PhD from Warsaw University, both in humanities. In 2007 - 2012 he lectured at European Humanities University (Vilnius) and in 2012 - 2016 at Lazarski University (Warsaw). Besides, he was a guest lecturer at Jagiellonian University, Warsaw University, Wroclaw University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Bialystok University, St. Thomas College in Kiev, and Belarusian College in Minsk.

    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. Dr. Rudkouski is author of four books and around 70 articles, mainly focusing on Belarusian identity issues, the political potential of churches in Belarus, the Belarusian state ideology, and the methodology of social sciences. In April, 2013, he received the Polish Lew Sapieha Award, one of the most prestigious in the region, "for outstanding merits in shaping and developing civil society in Belarus and bringing Belarus closer to Europe".

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


  • Vadim Mojeiko

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

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

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

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


  • Andrei Lavruhin

    BISS senior analyst. In 1995, he graduated from Belarusian State University (the Faculty of Philosophy and Economics). In 1999-2000 he was a fellow scholar at the Institut für Philosophie, Technische Universität zu Berlin. In 2001, he received his PhD from St. Petersburg State University. From 1998 to 2014 he worked at European Humanities University (Minsk, Vilnius) as a lecturer and the head of the Department of Political Philosophy. In 2003-2004 he was a visiting scholar at Albert-Lüdwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany), and in 2007 at Universität zu Köln (Germany).
    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.
    His current interests and expert competencies include education, science, innovation, and human capital.
    Apart from his mother tongue Russian, he speaks 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.

    Research interests: Belarus’ foreign policy, international security, geopolitical risks, Russia, Eurasia, and NATO.

    Apart from Belarusian (native), she commands Russian, English, German, and French.