Elena Zharkova

Communications Officer, Russia


As the Communications, Online Campaigns and Marketing Officer for IFAW Russia, Lena oversees media relations, develops promotional and educational materials and provides web-based content within Russia and for IFAW International. She was actively involved in the successful campaigns to ban the Russian winter bear hunt, which left many cubs orphaned each year, and the hunting of harp seal pups along the Russian coast.

Her work on campaigns to protect tigers in Russia has included helping to organize the annual Tiger Day activities in Vladivostok and the 2010 Tiger Forum in St. Petersburg. She is also active in public awareness and outreach activities for whale conservation, including annual expeditions to view the small population of western gray whales which is threatened by oil and gas exploration off the coast of Sakhalin Island.

Lena leads the Animal Action Education programme in Russia. This programme, which has grown to encompass more than 2,000 organizations and 500,000 participants, helps children to get involved in protecting wild animals and their habitats.

Lena’s Communications activities also include organizing IFAW’s public events and press conferences and tours in Russia. She also represents IFAW at other public events, schedules staff interviews, and drafts press releases and other promotional materials.


Communications Assistant, IFAW, Russia

Animal Action Education Coordinator, IFAW Russia


Master of Arts (MA) Communication, Moscow PsychologiesUniversity, Russia

Master of Science (MSc), Political Science, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Russia