Svetlana Kopylova graduated from Moscow State University, Geographical department, in 2002 with Masters degree in Geography. She has a Masters of Arts in Sociology (French University College, MSU & Sorbonna University). She is fluent in English and French.

Having changed several jobs (eco-tourism management, news-making, analytics etc.), since 2004, Svetlana is working in Environmental Education Center “Zapovedniks”. It’s Russian non-profit organization with a mission to build public awareness and support to Russian Protected Areas (PA). For 3 years (2005-2008) she was Project Manager for GEF/UNEP Medium-Sized Project “Strengthening the network of Training Centres for Protected Area Managers of Northern Eurasia”, where 3 new training centers for PA staff were created in Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Now she’s the Head of PA Training Center and Deputy Director on Strategic Development. Responsible for strategic development, fundraising, launch and promotion of new services, project management, financial management, consulting services to protected areas etc.

Svetlana is a member of World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of IUCN since 2005 and member of European Training Task Force of WCPA since 2007. In 2009 she was selected to become Vice-Chair of WCPA/IUCN on Youth and Intergenerational Partnerships.

Svetlana has several publications in PA management field; she’s also translated a number of international best practice books, consecrated to protected areas. She’s now working on her thesis on “Integration of European ecological networks into regional socio-economic development”.

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