Vera Kichanova is an urbanist and journalist from Russia and the first Russian libertarian to be elected to public office. At the moment, she is writing her PhD dissertation on private cities at King’s College London. In parallel, she works as an urban policy researcher at Zaha Hadid Architects.
Previously, Vera worked with Atlas Network as Editor-in-chief at a Ukraine-based think tank focusing on post-Soviet countries. Apart from leading Russian media outlets, her comments were published by The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Spiegel. Vera is a regular panellist at international conferences and the 2013 Democracy Award winner (by the US National Endowment for Democracy).
Vera holds Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and Applied Master’s degree with honours in Journalism from Moscow State University. While a Public Policy student, she used to be a President of the Oxford Hayek Society, a student group founded in 1983 to advance social and economic freedom at the University of Oxford.