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Careers in NGOs

Careers in
Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hundreds of CEU graduates make a difference by contributing to the work of non-governmental organizations around the globe. Many CEU students express an interest in this sector. During this panel discussion, three alumnae will share their career stories and discuss the satisfactions and challenges of working in this sector. They will also share tips and advice for audience members who are considering a similar path.

Natalyia Novakova (SPP '16)

Nataliya Novakova (SPP ’16) currently serves as a Program Specialist on the Eurasia Program at the Open Society Foundations and as a Research Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to joining OSF, Natalyia built her career through work with non-governmental organizations including the International Partnership for Human Rights, People in Need, Norwegian Refugee Council, Minority Rights Group, IREX, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.

Aiski Ryökäs (SOCI '17)

Aiski's most recent roles have been as consultant/expert to Finnish NGOs including Helsinki Pride. Previously, she served as a project manager at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee where she coordinated international projects in asylum protection, research and advocacy. Her professional engagement also includes a period with CEU's Open Learning Initiative, coordinating its Weekend Program and supporting the program's fundraising activities. In addition to her paid work, Aiski has been involved in migration activism and volunteering for several years. Previously, she worked in the field of culture, contributing to different institutes and festivals.


Spring 'Careers in' Event Series 

Aimed at introducing different professional areas and related career paths, our 'Spring Careers in’ online series will focus on the fields of human rights, research and academia, business law, and the NGO sector. Our guests will share their stories, give sector-specific career advice, and talk about the impacts of Covid-19 on their fields.