Margarita Oganesova
Margarita Oganesova
Consultant

A Russian national, based in Moscow. Margarita graduated from Moscow Lomonosov State University with degree in Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Communications. She has an extensive experience working for international companies in areas of B2B marketing communications, market research and event management. For the last 10 years Margarita was employed by a global satellite operator, where she was responsible for the development of communication strategies and all aspects related to company presence in trade associations, exhibitions and conferences in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Baltic countries. 

Working languages: Russian, English

Irina Popova
Irina Popova
Senior Communications Manager for Russia & Ukraine

Irina has a 10-year track record in public relations, media communications, strategy and online brand development. With a focus in building digital and social media engagement and communications, Irina has helped organizations understand, expand and protect their media, online and corporate brand footprints. Her clients included a wide range of NGOs, businesses and political organizations, such as the European Commission, Deineta (Lithuania), the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations (Lithuania), and the Center for Research on International Migration and Ethnic Relations (Sweden).

Irina has been involved in a number of public communications and business projects in Europe, the Middle East and the US. She joined Stober, Poltavets & Associates in 2010 in media research and analysis, campaign measurement and management, copywriting, social media management, and strategic consulting.

Working languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Swedish

Marta Ardashelia
Marta Ardashelia
Senior Corporate Affairs Manager for Georgia

A Georgian national, Marta has nine years’ experience in media and mass communication. She is currently acting international affairs observer for Imedi, the top Georgian television company. Since 2012 she has covered Georgian issues for RTVi, a New York-based Russian-language independent television service as their senior South Caucasus correspondent. She has reported for the BBC Russian Language service and Al Jazeera English. Marta has worked for Stober, Poltavets & Associates since 2012.

Working Languages: Georgian, English, Russian

Umut Egitimci
Umut Egitimci
Public Relations Associate for Turkey

A Turkish national, Umut has 20 years of media experience. She has worked in the different branches of media in Turkey and USA as well as offered professional PR & Marketing services for individuals and corporate offices worldwide. Some of her experiences include: Working as a public relations and marketing specialist (Deniz Music Company, TANSA jewelry, Reader’s Digest Turkey, Örge Tulga Jewelry, Cultured World, GET Publications), hosting radio shows (Capitol FM, Kiss FM) and TV programs (Channel E, Channel 6, Channel TGRT, TRT Avaz), working as a journalist for newspapers (Barometre, Turkish Voice) and magazines (Magazin, Elele, Orsiad, Olive Oil Times, Floor etc), producing for TV (TGRT, Channel 6, Current TV, Lifetime TV) and theatre (Off-off Broadway shows, 15th Istanbul International Theatre Festival), performing stand up shows (Umut’lu Vak’alar), producing and directing documentaries (The Magical Call of Oryantal, Personal Documentaries), producing and directing TV commercials (Sindy Skater, Sindy Megabag), working as a video journalist (Southeast Europe Project Culture&Arts, Current TV) and managing TV programming department (ACT World TV). 

Working languages: English, Turkish

Yulia Shulayeva
Yulia Shulayeva
Consultant

Based in Kyiv, Yulia completed her PhD in economics with a dissertation on electronic waste management in Ukraine. Yulia has enormous experience participating in conferences and meetings as an expert panelist, organizing business meetings and events, giving lectures, and making presentations. She gained a wide range of organizational and communication skills while working for an international e-waste business project representing the interests of a Czech company on the Ukrainian market, representing a football agent, and covering the crisis in eastern Ukraine for top European TV and radio broadcasters such as Channel 4 News, ITV News, BBC News, and others.

Working languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English

Roman Rukomeda
Roman Rukomeda
Senior public affairs consultant

Roman has got more than 10 years of experience of work in civil service, working in the field of national security and international relations, first at the National Institute for International Security Problems at the National Security and Defense Council Staff of Ukraine. He specialized in the issues of the interaction between international policy and security. Roman has worked for NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy at the department of information and analytical support. He worked on issues of dispute resolution, reform of Ukraine’s oil and gas industry and shale gas extraction.
Roman has worked with Ukrainian Democracy Foundation People First as a chief editor of Democracy Watch weekly, also coordinating the work between the Foundation and the European information portal EurActiv. He specialized on the issues of the international policy, national and information security, key tendencies in the energy field of the region.

Working languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English

Olha Novak
Olha Novak
Copywriter and Editor

A Ukrainian national, Olha is based in Kyiv. Olha graduated from Kyiv National Aviation University with degree in Linguistics and Technical Translation. Olha has 10 years’ experience working in the area of international public organizations. She served as an international secretary for the Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) and Youth of the European People’s Party (YEPP) member-organization from Ukraine. Olha worked as a media manager and translator for a USAID/MSI project entitled “Promoting Active Citizen Engagement in Combating Corruption in Ukraine”. She was also involved in projects organized by the Foundation for Democracy “People First” and the Committee of Economists of Ukraine. She joined Stober, Poltavets & Associates in 2013.

Working Languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian