Iryna Perezhogina grew up in Crimea and studied and worked in Kiev, South Korea, Singapore and the United States. She will be starting her third Master’s in the fall of 2021 at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs – European and Eurasian Studies. She will focus on international energy markets (gas, oil, renewables) with a concentration on former Soviet republics and also the Arctic region. Iryna has previously acquired a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Sociology (Kiev, Ukraine - 2012) and Master’s in International Development Studies (Seoul, South Korea - 2015).She has worked in business administrative and operational positions in the Washington, DC area since 2016 and for the past three years has been the Chief of Staff at a government contracting firm. Iryna speaks Russian, Ukrainian and English fluently. She enjoys tracking various developments in Russia and Ukraine; high intensity workouts and working-dog sports with her Doberman, Bolt. She resides in Washington, DC in the Capitol Hill area.