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Kontar joins OPP as Science & Technology Policy Fellow


October 3, 2019

Yekaterina “Katia” Kontar, is OPP’s 2019-2020 America Association for the AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science & Technology Policy Fellow.

Kontar was a Belmont Post-doctoral Science Diplomacy Fellow at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her primary research interests are in the field of disaster diplomacy–the cross-section of disaster risk reduction and science diplomacy. She investigates how and why disaster-related activities do and do not influence cooperation in the Arctic region. She has also facilitated disaster-diplomacy efforts in the #Arctic through international collaborations.

She holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies: disaster risk communication and policy from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; an MBA in international business and public administration and a Bachelor’s degree in communications: public relations and international studies, both from the University of Findlay.

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