evelin.solusteis an independent e-Governance practitioner and researcher, with special interest in the social impacts of new media on including e-Democracy/e-Participation.
Obtained a PhD degree in political communications at the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) of the University of Leeds (UK) after studying public discourses on the Internet as a form of civic activism (2007-2011). Prior to PhD studies, was a UN staff member (since 1993) working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at managerial and professional positions in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Slovakia.
In 2002-2007, served as a UNDP Regional e-Governance Advisor at the Bratislava Regional Centre covering over 20 countries in Eastern/South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Southern Caucasus. Assisted in the formulation of national and regional e-strategies, initiated and managed multi-country projects including the establishment of the Estonian e-Governance Academy in Tallinn and the formulation of the Electronic South-Eastern Europe Agenda (eSEE). Organised two regional e-Governance Practice meetings in 2004 (Ukraine) and 2006 (Estonia); took part and spoke at numerous national, regional and global events including the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005).
Was responsible for preparing several UNDP publications on knowledge and best practice transfer in Information Society/e-Governance. Has an excellent knowledge of the post-communist transition context. Acquired vast knowledge as a reviewer of EU’s R&D/S&T ICT projects under the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes. Authors and reviews academic papers.
Trained in Human Geography/Demography at the Belarusian and Moscow State Universities. National of Belarus. Fluent in English and proficient in a number of other Slavonic languages.