Iryna Vidanava


Iryna Vidanava is the co-founder and CEO of, a leading independent online media in Belarus.

Previously, she was founder and editor-in-chief of 34 Multimedia Magazine, an award-winning digital publication, and Students’ Thought, Belarus’ first independent youth print magazine. She is an internationally acclaimed digital media expert, researcher and consultant. Iryna has a MA in history from Belarusian State University and a MA in public policy from Johns Hopkins University (USA). While studying in the US, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Civil Society Studies at JHU and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 2010-12, she taught a graduate course on public policy implementation at the European Humanities University in Vilnius.

Iryna is an author of numerous publications on new media, civil society and public policy in Belarus. She is a Board member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the World Association of Belarusians “Batskaushczyna”. In 2014, she was recognized as one of the Top 100 innovators in Central and Eastern Europe.

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