Liana Suleymanova is a Principal Consultant at VVA Economics & Policy.
Liana possesses thorough expertise in capacity building for public and private stakeholders, co-creation and collaborative learning, digitalisation and innovation, EU integration, and enlargement topics. Before joining VVA, Liana has spent a decade in the Western Balkans developing and managing large- and medium-scale and large- and medium-budget projects on sustainable development, public and private sector capacity building, innovation and ecosystems, access to finance and SME development, circular economy, and sustainable mobility. She has also led market and sector research, and various types of analyses and assessments (quantitative and qualitative) for clients in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Austria, and Hungary. She holds a double-major Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & IR and History from the American University in Bulgaria, a Master’s degree in Central European History from the Central European University, and a Master of Advanced International Studies Degree from Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She is a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary International Studies at the University of Vienna.
Liana’s mother tongue is Russian and Tatar, she is fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of Albanian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian, with limited knowledge of Serbian.