Katerina is a legal expert who for over 16 years works with civil society organizations, public authorities, philanthropists to create policy and legal conditions in which independent, and sustainable civil society can flourish. She has helped design innovative tools for civil society law monitoring, researched extensively to share good practices and guide reforms, has spoken at different forums to address civic space issues e.g., at TEDx event, EU Parliament hearing; launch of Community of Democracies’ Democracy and Security Dialogue initiative with former U.S. Secretary of State M. Albright. Katerina has been with ECNL through the phase of transition from a branch office to an independent organization; she become ECNL director in 2012. Under her leadership ECNL broadened its expertise to address new challenges the non-profit sector is facing (e.g., counter-terrorism, transparency and accountability, financial sustainability). Katerina engages with the European Union, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the UN Human Rights Council. She is member of the OSCE/OIDHR Panel on Freedom of Assembly and of Association and the Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO Law. She also volunteers her time in the board of several organizations, including the European Social Enterprise Law Association (ESELA), the International Center for Policy Advocacy, the Association Konekt Macedonia.
Katerina received a Law Degree from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, Macedonia, and a Master of Law (L.L.M.) degree in Comparative Constitutional Law with Additional Specialization in Human Rights, from the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary. She also co-founded and managed the CEU Human Rights Students’ Initiative in Budapest, when she initiated courses to supplement the curriculum of the Human Rights Program and developed human rights awareness raising and capacity building projects. Prior that, she volunteered for the Civil Society Resource Center in Skopje, working on projects regarding the rights of pre-trial detainees and refugees.
She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law.