Ekaterina is from Russia and is a lawyer and cultural manager with a specific interest in cultural policy, creative economy for social and urban development.

She has narrow expertise in the transformation management of post-Soviet cultural institutions in a frame of modern creative markets and social innovations. Ekaterina undertook a city-level role in the Department of Culture of Moscow, a governmental institution subordinate to the Mayor of Moscow. Her team designed the system reform of post-Soviet municipally-funded cultural institutions into transparent, safe and even profitable public spaces. Since 2015, she has been leading Creative Industries Agency NGO, a progressive, internationally recognised and forward-thinking agencies for creative industries and cultural development in the country. Ekaterina has a PhD in Social Philosophy and academic experience as a lecturer in Russia's leading universities for public policy, business administrations and humanities.

Ekaterina is a Hill Foundation Scholar.