Julia Taranova, MPP (Oxon), is a doctoral researcher at the Russia Institute, King’s College London, and director of the Social Sciences Lab — a Moscow-based nonprofit focused on designing and developing new educational programs in social sciences. After graduating in 2013 from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Julia spent several years in Moscow working for the Open Government initiative of the Russian Prime Minister. Prior to that she co-authored a World Economic Forum report Effective Leadership in International Organisations. Julia has written for the New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times and Forbes.