Jelena holds a bachelor’s degree in Development and International Cooperation from the University of Bologna and an MSc in International Politics from Leiden University. She has experience in developing and implementing EU-funded projects with a focus on management, dissemination, and communication. Previously, she was a lecturer and workshop leader in proposal writing courses on H2020 and Horizon Europe collaborative projects. She has experience in designing training courses on proposal writing and supporting research institutions in proposal writing and pre-submission evaluations; she also contributed to developing Manuals and Handbooks on R&I funding for EU and international clients. She joined ICONS in 2022 as Project manager.