Eurasia Foundation is proud to announce the 2012-2013 class of the Young Professionals Network. YPN is part of Eurasia Foundation’s efforts to cultivate the next generation of professionals working on the Eurasia region. This inaugural class includes a diverse group of 32 outstanding participants from a variety of backgrounds in government, non-profits, the private sector, media, academia, and the U.S. military.

The Young Professionals Network was created to offer an opportunity for young professionals in Washington to engage in thoughtful conversations on developments in the Eurasia region and hear from policy experts and experienced practitioners. It will provide an opportunity for Young Professionals to share their own insights as well as career and travel experiences. Leading policy experts, journalists, and practitioners will drive the monthly discussions and provide career guidance to the group.

The 2012-2013 Young Professionals Network:

  • Mark Adomanis, contributor to
  • Julia Bacon, Manager of Membership Affairs and Programs, U.S.-Russia Business Council
  • Anna Borshchevskaya, Assistant Director of the Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
  • Kelsey L. Campbell, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Matthew Eldridge, Research & Policy Analyst, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
  • Robert Fojtik, Associate, The Cohen Group
  • Joshua Foust, Fellow, American Security Project
  • Diana Galperin, Research Assistant, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Whitney Grespin, Operations Associate, Atlantean Worldwide
  • Thomas Hernandez, Program Assistant, National Democratic Institute
  • Brianna Hiser, Program Officer, National Democratic Institute
  • Natia Jikia, Muskie Fellow, George Mason University
  • Dr. Danielle Granville Johnson, Fellow, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
  • Laura Linderman, Assistant Director of the Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
  • Benjamin Morano, Program Assistant, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Mark Mozur, Analyst, PFC Energy
  • Malika Mukhamedkhanova, Grants Accountant, UN Foundation
  • Dylan Myles-Primakoff, Political Instability Research Developer, ISIS Center, Georgetown University
  • Joshua Noonan, M.A. candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Lala Rahimova, Consultant, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
  • Alakbar (Alex) Raufoglu, Washington Correspondent, TURAN News Agency
  • Richard Solash, Washington Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
  • Colin Sollitt, Research Analyst, Strategic Social
  • Justin Sosne, Special Assistant to the Ambassador, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Diana Sweet, Ph.D. candidate, George Mason University
  • Hannah Thoburn, Research Assistant, Brookings Institution
  • Alina Tourkova, Consultant, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
  • Bobbie Jo Traut, Program Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Evgeniya Usmanova, Program Officer, American Councils for International Education
  • Stephan Vitvitsky, International Economist, Office of Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Natalia Wobst, Coordinator, Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit, Atlantic Council
  • Nicholas Wondra, M.A. candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

About the Program

The Young Professionals Network is one element of the Sarah Carey Program, which also consists of an annual award and a symposium. Sarah Carey was the long serving chair of the Eurasia Foundation’s board of trustees. Her connection to the Eurasia region spanned more than 50 years, and she was an indispensable advisor to policymakers and young people interested in the region. The Sarah Carey Program is financed entirely by private donations.