Dr. Rumena Filipova is Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Institute for Global Analytics. She received a DPhil and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Rumena has gained wide-ranging experience in the NGO sector. She was a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy (Bulgaria), having also previously held visiting fellowships at Carnegie Moscow Center, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Chatham House, Cambridge Central Asia Forum. Rumena’s main research interests focus on the politics and international relations of Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular reference to questions of identity, Constructivist IR theory, media and disinformation, the authoritarian influence exercised by Russia and China in the region. She has an extensive background in conference presentations and organization and has appeared on Bulgarian and international media such as the Bulgarian National Radio, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, German National Radio, Süddeutsche Zeitung, North Macedonian news agency Meta, Emerging Europe.