Class of 2014 – 2015
Arzu Geybullayeva, Azerbaijan: Ms. Geybullayeva is an Istanbul-based journalist with a background in conflict resolution who has written extensively about Azerbaijan for local and international media. Ms. Geybullayeva is currently an associate scholar for The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)’s Project on Democratic Transitions, while working free-lance for numerous media outlets, including Al Jazeera English and Global Voices. She is also co-director and managing editor of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation, a Washington D.C.-based NGO. Ms. Geybullayeva has contributed to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and was an analyst for the European Stability Initiative. She was a fellow with the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study on Nonviolent Conflict of Tufts University (2011), and the Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship of the Robert Bosh Stiftung (2011). She has a Bachelor’s degree from Bilkent University, Istanbul, and a Masters in global politics from the London School of Economics. She speaks Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish, and English.
Evgeny Kuzmin, Russian Federation: Mr. Kuzmin is a journalist and new media specialist based in the far east Amur region of the Russian Federation. Among many other regional media projects, Mr. Kuzmin is currently involved in launching the start-up Kam24 News Agency in Kamchatka, and recasting the strategy and websites for Port Amur News Agency and Vostok Media in Vladivostok. He has held several other senior positions with media companies in Russia, including director general at Amur.Info News Agency (2006-2012) and director of internet projects at Alpha TV Broadcasting Company (2005-2006), where he also worked as a reporter (2001-2005). Mr. Kuzmin was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (2011-2012), and received a specialist degree in journalism from Amur State University, where he has also lectured at the undergraduate level. He speaks Russian, English and some Chinese.
Hanna Liubakova, Belarus: Ms. Liubakova is a multimedia journalist based in Poland who has produced diverse reporting and cultural projects for Belarusian audiences. Most recently, Ms. Liubakova has worked for the independent Warsaw-based Belarusian TV channel Belsat. She blogs about contemporary Belarusian culture, and worked as both website editor and project coordinator for Warsaw’s Belarusian House. In addition to her journalism, she has developed and curated numerous projects showcasing Belarusian artists, including Sergey Shabohin and photographer Andrei Liankevich. Ms. Liubakova has a Master's degree in Polish philology from Jagiellonian University, where she also earned a Bachelor’s degree. She speaks Belarusian, Russian, Polish, and English.
Ana Lomtadze, Georgia: Ms. Lomtadze is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in cinema and media studies and political science in May, 2014. Ms. Lomtadze was a 2014 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs fellow, has won honors in the field of political science, and was the 2009 winner of a national debate competition in her home country, Georgia. She speaks Georgian, Russian, French, and English.
Olga Malchevska, Ukraine: Ms. Malchevska is a journalist from Ukraine with over eight years of experience in reporting and television production. Ms. Malchevska is currently a television correspondent, editor, and producer for “TSN-Weekly,” a prime-time Sunday program on Ukraine’s national broadcasting channel that is the country’s highest-rated news program for 18-54 year-olds. Earlier in her career, she worked as an editor and producer for Channel 5 (2008-2010), as a co-presenter on the TV program “Shuster-Live Studio,” and as a correspondent and editor with the Ukraine Broadcasting Corporation and the experimental New Channel TV. Ms. Malchevska was awarded a Digital Future Journalism Fellowship in 2013. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Moghyla Academy, and has a Master's in journalism from the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English.
Natalia Sergheev, Moldova: Ms. Sergheev is a multi-lingual journalist working across borders and ethnic and linguistic lines in her native Moldova. Ms. Sergheev is currently working as a multimedia correspondent for VICE Romania, reporting on events in Moldova for Romanian audiences, and concurrently working for Zingan.com and associated websites that cover Moldova for audiences in Romanian, Russian, and English. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences with a specialty in journalism from Moldova State University, and an honors diploma from the Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism. She speaks Romanian, Russian, and English.