Maira Zeinilova joined IREX Europe in January 2020 where she manages projects on gender equality, media literacy, and human rights.
She holds BA in International Relations and Conflict Management (Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia), MA in Gender and International Development (University of Warwick, UK) and LL.M in International Law (KIMEP, Kazakhstan). She is getting her doctoral degree in Political Science from Dublin City University, Ireland.
Prior to joining the team, Maira worked more than 10 years in development, specifically in gender equality and women’s empowerment, working in the civil society sector and UN Women. She implemented a variety of programmes in the area of women economic empowerment, elimination of violence against women and girls, advancement of women’s political participation at decision making level and in peace building processes in the former Soviet Union at the policy and institutional level.