Maria Ordzhonikidze is the President of Justice for Journalists Foundation. Since the end of the 1990s, she has devised and managed a number of international communications campaigns aimed at public education, crisis management and litigation public relations in Russia and Europe. In 2005-2017, Maria was one of the founders and Secretary General of EU-Russia Centre in Brussels. In 2004-2013 she headed the Moscow-based Press Centre for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. Between 2002 and 2008 she was a visiting professor in International Communications in Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. Maria has authored articles as well as participated in conferences and round- tables on subjects concerning Russia’s place in the modern world, sociological trends and findings, EU-Russia relations and communications. She graduated from Moscow State University majoring in sociology. In 2018, she received her MA in Intelligence and Security Studies from Brunel University, London.