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Alexey Tsykarev

Alexey Tsykarev

Chair

Alexey Tsykarev’s career has primarily developed in the civil society from being a national minority activist in the Republic of Karelia to heading the International Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples. Currently, Mr. Tsykarev is serving as an Expert Member at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2014 – 2016 Tsykarev served as Vice-Chair and Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Expert Mechanism.

Mr. Tsykarev has also worked as a translator, journalist, IR and project manager, executive director and individual entrepreneur. As practitioner, he has been involved in a number of international projects in sphere of arts, education, human rights and civic diplomacy. Additionally, he has collaborated with academic and global institutions, more specifically he has served as a consultant for the World Bank Group and as a research assistant at Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights in the University of Helsinki.

International relations, especially cooperation in the High North, human and indigenous peoples' rights, and languages are his main interests.

Locally, Alexey Tsykarev is working as a Chair in the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples and Civic Diplomacy “Young Karelia” (“Nuori Karjala”). The organization is focused on preservation, promotion and development of endangered Finno-Ugric languages and culture, and national and international advocacy. 

Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova

Member of Board

Natalia Antonova graduated from Petrozavodsk State University with a degree in Philology: Karelian and Finnish Languages and Literature. Currently, she works as a methodologist in the ethnocultural center "Elämä" of Pryazha National District and cooperates with the newspaper "Oma Mua".

Natalia has a long-term experience in coordinating interregional, republican and local projects: "The musical incubator of Finno-Ugric youth", "Youth Karelian culture - towards the villages", "Puppet theater in Karelian language "Ciciliusku". She has organized language summer camps, festivals, seminars, master classes and trainings on preservation and promotion of national culture. Natalia worked as the regional coordinator of the Finnish-Russian project "Finno-Ugric Languages ​​and Cultures in Preschool education" and the coordinator of the Russian-Finnish project "Promotion of the Baltic Finnish publishing in the Republic of Karelia".

Natalia is an active member of civil society, consultative and advisory councils with different authorities: Council of Representatives of Karelians, Vepsians and Finns under the Head of the Republic of Karelia, Civic Council of the National Theater of Karelia, International Consultative Committee of Finno-Ugric Peoples, Council for State Support of the Study of National Languages under the Ministry of Education of Karelia.

Natalia Kibroeva

Natalia Kibroeva

Member of Board
Natalja was born in 1993. She studied at the Department of Baltic and Finnish Philology Faculty of Philology of Petrozavodsk State University. Actively takes part in various Finno - Ugric projects, feels concern about the Karelian language. Hobby: active public work, animals protection, aerial acrobatics, traveling.