Vitali Silitski Graduated from the Belarusian State University (department of Philosophy and Economy, program in Sociology) in 1994. He holds M.A. in Politics (Central European University, Hungary) and Ph.d. in Political Science (Rutgers University). In 1999-2003, he worked as associate professor at the European Humanities Univerisity in Minsk, a position he lost when the university administration took orders from the authorities to punish him for publicly criticizing the government of President Lukashenka. Afterwards he was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (Washington D.C.) and visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (Stanford University). He authored ‘Postponed Freedom: Post-Communist Authoritarianism in Serbia and Belarus’ (in Belarusian, published at ARCHE magazine in 2002) and Historical Dictionary of Belarus (with Jan Zaprudnik, Scarecrow Press, 2007). He also authored over 100 pubications on the issues of democratization and authoritarianism in the former USSR, electoral revolutions and preemptive authoritarianism, politics of economic reforms, EU relations with Belarus, Belarus-Russia integration, etc. In 2007, he was appointed director of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies.
Vitali Silitski passed away on June 11, 2011.
BISS Academic Director. He received his MA from Jagiellonian University (Krakow) and PhD from Warsaw University, both in humanities. In 2007 - 2012 he lectured at European Humanities University (Vilnius) and in 2012 - 2016 at Lazarski University (Warsaw). Besides, he has been a guest lecturer at Jagiellonian University, Warsaw University, Wroclaw University, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Bialystok University, St. Thomas College in Kiev, and Belarusian College in Minsk.
In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at Southwestern College in Winfield, USA. He was twice a research fellow of the Institute of Civic Space and Public Policy (Warsaw), within which he headed the Belarusian Centre. Dr. Rudkouski is author of four books and around 70 articles, mainly focusing on Belarusian identity issues, the political potential of churches in Belarus, the Belarusian state ideology, and the methodology of social sciences. In April, 2013, he received the Polish Lew Sapieha Award, one of the most prestigious in the region, "for outstanding merits in shaping and developing civil society in Belarus and bringing Belarus closer to Europe".
Emeritus senior fellow. A graduate from the Belarusian State University (diploma in information and communication), he holds M.A. in Politics from the Central European University in Budapest (2005). Alexei worked extensively in the field of information, communication, advertisement, and NGO development.
Alexei Pikulik works as BISS analyst since 2009. Ph.D in Political and Social Science (European University Institute, Florence), Master of Research in Political and Social Science (European University Institute, Florence), MA in Sociology (Central European University, Budapest). Research interests: political economy of reforms, political economy of oil, economic regulation. Since 2006 teaches at European Humanities University (Vilnius) and since 2010 at the European University at Saint-Petersburg.
Нad been with the Institute since August 2007. A graduate of History Department at the Mahilou State University, he pursued Masters' studies at the European Humanities University (Program on European and Transatlantic Studies), and the International Relations departments at the Belarusian State University. After the closing down of the EHU in Minsk, Dzianis Melyantsou studied Political Science and International Relations at the Institute for International Relations and Political Sciences in Vilnius (Lithuania), where he defended his M.A. thesis in 2006. He currently works on his PhD dissertation on Belarus-NATO relations. Until October 2009, Dzianis lectured at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, a position he lost in a campaign of silencing dissenting opinion of the group of political scientists protesting the undemocratic management practices by the university administration. Mr. Melyantsou is a co-founder of the Institute of Political Studies “Political Sphere”.
Aliaksandr Autushka-Sikorski graduated from the European Humanities University in 2011 with Bachelor degree in Political Science and European Studies. MA in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest), MA in Public Policy (European Humanities University, Lithuania). Cooperation with the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies started a year ago with the undergraduate internship. Since the Spring of 2012 - analyst at BISS.
Executive Director of BISS. A graduate from Belarus National Techical University (diploma in civil engineering). Additional training in the spheres of management, finance, marketing. Worked extensively as a project-manager in the areas of communication and education.