Ms. Suhir has 20+ years’ experience working with civil society activists and organizations to strengthen democratic governance processes and support long-term efforts that foster economic prosperity and political reform. As a senior member of the Eurasia team at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Ms. Suhir led in designing practical approaches and developing key program in transitional countries to advance the fundamental pillars of democratic governance. These included anti-corruption efforts; projects to increase transparency and accountability in policymaking; corporate governance strengthening; establishing sustainable public-private dialogue channels; and launching crucial public awareness and informational campaigns to improve public dialogue on important national issues. Ms. Suhir has worked closely with grassroots civic organizations, as well as policymakers (municipal, local and national levels), to build understanding of the need to constructively cooperate and engage with one another on matters of utmost national importance. Ms. Suhir worked closely with civil society organizations to help strengthen organizational management capacity and advocacy programs. In addition, Ms. Suhir has worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC as part of a team to establish a training program “From Plan to Market” for government officials and university professors (“train the trainer”). She has also worked in the fields of public relations and financial services in the private sector in New York City. Ms. Suhir holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington, DC) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Relations from the New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (New York City). Ms. Suhir is a native speaker of Russian and English.