Elena Ilina holds a Masters degree in International Policy Studies and a Certificate in Nonproliferation from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. She was born and raised in Russia by her father, a military officer, and her mother, a teacher. Elena currently works as Executive Program Manager at Saga Foundation.
Previous publications include a volume of articles, Islamophobia in Moscow (2003) and an op-ed piece in National Interest online. Elena believes that entrepreneurial approaches and "outside the box" thinking can help find practical solutions to further disarmament and make the world a safer place.