Ivana Smoleňová is a fellow and program manager at the Prague Security Studies Institute where she leads the Institute's initiative to report and counter Russian influence activities in Central Europe. She is the author of the publication “The Pro-Russian Disinformation and Campaign in the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Types of Media, Their Characteristics and Frequently Used Narratives" that was reprinted in various journals (USA, Germany, Slovakia, CR), and that analysed the phenomenon of pro-Russian disinformation in the region. Her current research and projects focus on Moscow's use of soft power in Europe. Her articles have appeared in various media outlets, including Forbes, Dennik N, or the Ukrainian Stopfake. She has been interviewed by various media outlets, including the Washingtong Post, ARTE, iDNES, DVTV, Czech Radio and Czech TV. Prior to joining PSSI, she worked for the Forum 2000 Foundation and with RWR Advisory Group in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she spent three months in Nepal, where she taught and worked on development activities at a local primary school. She studied at the University of Economics in Prague, George Mason University in USA and University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She is currently based in Kyiv, Ukraine.