Muhammed Ali Alkış
BSWN Türkiye Coordinator
Muhammed Ali Alkış (Türkiye) is the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) Ambassador to Türkiye and a PhD candidate at Hacettepe University, Türkiye. In addition, he is a Research Affiliate and the Gender Champion at the Odesa Center for Non-proliferation. He is also a member of the US-Black Sea Non-proliferation Professional Exchange and the Black Sea Women in Nuclear Network. Formerly, he was a Nuclear Scholar in the UK’s Nuclear Security Culture Programme, implemented by the King’s College, London.
His research interests are nuclear security, non-proliferation and nuclear terrorism, as well as Turkish nuclear and foreign policies. He is an active contributor to the nuclear security community, promoting collaboration via knowledge sharing, participating in various nuclear security related workshops, events, and meetups, as well as publishing in national, regional, and international forums. He has various articles, book chapters, interviews and op-eds publications with key publishers such as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the International Journal of Nuclear Security, Elsevier, the Journal of Nuclear Sciences, the Stimson Center and the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium. Ali is also an active member of social media and regularly posts nuclear security information through his publicly available accounts.
Dr. BALAN Ionel
BSWN Moldova Coordinator
Head of National Agency for Regulation of Nuclear and Radiological Activities (NARNRA), Ph.D. of the Republic of Moldova.
Dr. Balan holds a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the State University of Moldova (2000). Dr. Balan has almost two decades of experience radiochemistry and in gamma spectroscopy analysis, including uranium and plutonium enrichment determination.
Dr. Balan joined NARNRA in 2007 and he was of a leader of numerous international technical cooperation projects provided by IAEA and other foreign parties. Dr. Balan was responsible for coordination of nuclear safety and security activities connected with searching and consolidation of orphan radioactive sources. He is one the national experts of the International Technical Working Group in Nuclear Forensics (ITWG) and a Leader of Mobile Expert Support Team.
He has extensive experience in searching for and identifying radioactive (nuclear) materials out of regulatory control.
BSWN Bulgaria Coordinator
Ekaterina Bogomilova (PhD) is a chef assistant professor at the National and Regional Security Department at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria. She is the Director of the International Master`s Programme in Nuclear Security and with a total of 30 publications – 6 in English and 24 in Bulgarian. She conducts lectures and seminars on Nuclear Physical Protection Systems, Nuclear Security, Defense Resources Management, and Emergency Management.
Ms. Ina Grigalashvili
BSWN Georgia Coordinator
International Project Manager, Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Georgia
With more than 6 years of work experience at the regulatory authority, Ms. Grigalashvili manages the international projects of Georgia in the field of radiation protection, nuclear safety, and security. She is an author and co-author of a number of national regulations currently in force. As a National Liaison Assistant vis-à-vis International Atomic Energy Agency, Ms. Grigalashvili also supports the regulatory authority in hosting international missions. She is a Certified Radioactive Source Security Professional and Certified Nuclear Security specialized Professional in Radioactive Source Security Management and Communicating with Civil Society, serving as an Ambassador of the World Institute for Nuclear Security since 2022. Ms. Grigalashvili holds a master’s in international law and Third Cycle University Degree in International Nuclear Law.
BSWN Ukraine Coordinator
Alona is a Leading Engineer in the George Kuzmich Training Center of Physical Protection and Accounting and Control on Nuclear Material Institute for Nuclear Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
She has 12 years of experience in teaching disciplines in the field of physical protection, accounting and control of nuclear materials in advanced training courses for nuclear workers in Ukraine
She has master’s degree in Nuclear Security of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, study Jurisprudence in the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University.
She participates in King’s College London Internship program an in various IAEA international courses and workshops.
Research interests: nuclear energy, regulation of physical protection and accounting and control of nuclear materials.
Yelyzaveta Khodorovska is a Ukrainian scholar currently completing her degree in International Relations at Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University. She is affiliated with the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation as an internship fellow. Besides her internship in Ukraine, since 2022, Yelyzaveta has been engaged in the Vienna-based NGO “Atomic Reporters” activities. Since 2023 Yelyzaveta has been affiliated with Black Sea Women in Nuclear network as part of the communication team. Besides her academic activities, Yelyzaveta has experience in copywriting and social media marketing.