Joanna Rohozinska currently serves as the regional director for Europe and Eurasia with IREX.
Based in Warsaw, she is responsible for developing the organization's overarching strategy for the region. Joanna has been engaged in civil society programs in the post-Communist space for over 20 years, living and working in several countries in the region.
She often worked in challenging environments. She has testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee and spoken in an expert capacity at both closed-door briefings and conferences on the region. Joanna has also published several articles and been a featured speaker on podcasts on the region and state-sponsored information warfare. Concurrently to her position, Joanna is on the expert Advisory Group of the Carnegie Endowment’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations project.
Prior to joining IREX, she served as Resident Program Director for Europe with the International Republican Institute. Based in Brussels, she was responsible for the International Republican Institute’s regional programs out of Brussels, including the Beacon Project, which focuses on tracking foreign influence operations and building resilient democracies. Prior to that, she was Program Officer then Senior Program officer with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Europe division for over a decade where she covered East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, particularly focusing on Belarus and Ukraine. While based in Warsaw, she worked for the Canadian Embassy managing its CFLI program for Belarus and the Polish CSO East European Democratic Center. Joanna began her career in the region with Freedom House’s Budapest office. She has often been consulted as a regional expert, publishing articles and speaking on conference panels, podcasts and television.
Joanna holds a graduate degree in Russian and European history from the University of Toronto where she focused on nationalism and foreign policy issues within the Russian and Soviet Empires. She is fluent in English, Polish, French, and Russian and functional in Belarusian and Ukrainian.