Yulia Kuleshova has nine years experience in the management of projects related to nature conservation and environment. Her current position is Russia’s coordinator for the WRI project “Landscape Impact Assessment of the Oil and Gas Industry in Russia”. This project is aimed to quantify and communicate the footprint of the oil and gas industry on Russia’s landscape. In its first phase the project will develop a consistent and independent assessment method based on information available in the public domain and primarily satellite imagery. The assessment team consists of Russian environmental NGOs: International Social Ecological Union, Greenpeace Russia, WWF Russia, Transparent World, and Crude Accountability. 
In 1997-2005 Yulia worked with a number of Russian environmental NGOs (Biodiversity Conservation Center, IUCN Office for Russia and CIS, Greenpeace Russia, Russian Regional Environmental Centre) implementing projects in the field of protected areas, ecological networks, environmental education, and renewable energy. Her responsibilities included project design, fundraising, administration and communication; organization of seminars and trainings; coordination of volunteer work etc. She was manager and co-editor of several environmental publications, including a series of popular brochures “for Children and Ministers”, the Russian edition of the Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series, “Development of Russian Protected Areas: 1992-2003”, “Playing on Behalf of the Mountain Life”. In 2000-2005 Yulia was co-editor of The Open Country, an international publication dedicated to understanding and conservation of grassland communities. 
Ms. Kuleshova holds Master’s degree in Geography from Moscow Lomonosov State University. In 1995-1996 she took postgraduate courses at Wageningen Agricultural University and at the University of Ghent. She is fluent in English and conversant in Spanish.
Yulia was born in Irkutsk (Eastern Siberia). Her personal interests include cross-cultural communication, nature interpretation and singing.

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