Experts

Kseniia Oleneva

Ms. Kseniia Oleneva graduated from the Herzen State Pedagogical University, Saint Petersburg – Russia, in Institutional Economics and Public Policy (Cum Laude). She served for a number of years as coordinator and expert in the field of youth empowerment and free enterprise in different countries of Eastern Europe. Kseniia is experienced in the development of training curricula for Start-Up’s and is engaged for more than five years in business development training for small and medium enterprises.

In 2016, she joined the Institute for Public Policy and Good Governance in the quality of Projects Coordinator and expert in the fields of entrepreneurship and education.

James Neathery

Mr. James Neathery is a senior advisor for IPPM in Leadership including an experience throughout the region and Albania of many years. From 16 years he is involved in the International Programs at Leadercraft. His past experience as ADJUNCT at DTS (2008-2010) and that of 11 years in Albania at EWMI (1999-2010) has strengthen his skills and expertise in the region.

He holds several seminar certifications such as in Diplomacy from Tufts University, Faith in the Public Square from the Wilberforce Foundation Albania/Dutch Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, Executive Education from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cross-cultural Leadership from the Dallas Theological Seminary, Certificate of Spiritual Direction from the Saint Thomas Theological Seminary, etc.

He has studied from 1979 to 1983 at Cornell University and after this from 1986 to 1991 for Cross-cultural Studies at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations Affairs (2005-2007) from the Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Yair Baranes

Mr. Yair Baranes is a senior commercial law specialist with extended expertise in commercial and secured financing law. He has been a proven financial sector adviser with more than 17 years of experience in providing targeted technical assistance to programs worldwide. In particular, he has been dedicated in designing reforms for secured financing systems in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America.

He holds two Canadian law degrees and was the principal adviser to the Albanian Government on creating its new secured financing system. He has acted as a consultant for several governmental and international organisations on secured financing law. He is co-author of the “Handbook on Albanian Collateral Law”. He has also been a visiting lecturer at University of  Tirana, Magistrate School.