Ekaterina Dorodnova took up the position of Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 1 September 2020. Ms Dorodnova has worked for the European Union for the past 17 years, including the European Commission (DG REGIO and DG RELEX), the European Parliament and the European External Action Service. She started out managing pre-accession assistance for EU candidate countries in 2003-2004 and further served in countries affected by protracted frozen conflicts, namely in EU Delegations to the Republic of Moldova (2013-2017) and to the Republic of Armenia (2017-2020).
Ms Dorodnova’s regional expertise also includes Latin America as she served as Policy Officer for Freedom, Security and Justice at the horizontal division for Latin America and the Caribbean in DG RELEX (2007-2009) and completed a Diplomatic Exchange and Secondment Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain focusing on migration policy (2009-2011).
Ms Dorodnova worked as an external research fellow for the Centre for OSCE Research of the University of Hamburg between 1999 and 2002. She further applied her expertise in conflict prevention advising members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties (2005-2007) and as policy officer at the Peacebuilding, Mediation and Conflict Prevention Division of the EEAS in Brussels (2011-2013).
Ms Dorodnova studied International Relations and European Studies in Riga, Latvia and Budapest, Hungary as well as Peace and Development Studies in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. She has also followed academic programmes in Italy, Sweden and the United States of America.