Karina Chupina


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Here's Karina who's been active in international youth work for more than 15 years and has been a president of IFHOHYP in 2004-2014. I'm a Senior Trainer of the Council of Europe Trainers' Pool; in my work, am especially focused on developing inclusive approaches to training youth from various minority backgrounds, including youth with disabilities. Key areas: social inclusion, disability, HRE, advocacy, NGO capacity-building.

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Current occupation

freelance international trainer, consultant, PhD researcher

Work experience


• Orientation programme, Intercultural Learing, Groupbuilding, Competence development evaluation workshops, Dekabristen e.V., European Associates Programme training seminars, 5 Nov. and 3 Dec. 2016, Berlin, Germany
• UN CRPD Advocacy Training, International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, 18-20 November, Dublin, Ireland
• Human Rights Education Forum “Discrimination” workshop, 6 October, Council of Europe
• 2-day Training Workshops on Intercultural communication, Groupbuilding, Teamwork; Facilitation of the European University at St. Petersburg Interdisciplinary Orientation Meeting for EUSP 1st year students, 12-13 September, St. Petersburg, Russia
• Youth Express Network - Rural Youth Europe study session “Building an inclusive society for urban and rural youth”, 22-29 May 2016, Council of Europe

• Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education, 15-19 December, Moscow, Russia (Council of Europe)
• Training Workshops on Intercultural Groupbuilding, Teamwork; Facilitation of the European University at St. Petersburg Interdisciplinary Orientation Meeting for EUSP 1st year students, 12-13 September, St. Petersburg, Russia
• Intercultural Dialogue Youth Camp, 16-21 July, Kaluga, Russian Federation (Council of Europe)
• IGLYO Study session «Down & Out: Social exclusion of LGBTQ young people and homelessness», 26-30 October, European Youth Centre Budapest (Council of Europe)

• ENIL study session “Understanding and countering multiple discrimination faced by young people with disabilities in Europe”, 29th June – 6th July, Council of Europe European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, France
• Training of Trainers for Diversity and Inclusion, World Organisation of Scout Movement, 27-30 March, Brussels, Belgium
• Training workshops for journalists and sociologists «Understanding Disability and its portrayal in the media», January 20-27, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

• Training Workshops on Intercultural Learning, Groupbuilding, Teamwork; Facilitation of the European University at St. Petersburg Interdisciplinary Orientation Weekend for EUSP 1st year students, 20-22 September, St. Petersburg, Russia
• World Bank Latin American region Management Leadership Retreat – Disability & Development Training Workshop (90 participants), June 4, Washington, DC, USA
• EU GRUNDTVIG Training Seminar “Visionary Europe” with innovative methods of city accessibility assessment for, with and by visually-impaired young adults, 6-12 May, Berlin, Germany

• “Development of a volunteer base” workshops, Russian Association of Population and Development, 21 and 26 September, Moscow, Russia
• “Public Speaking Skills” workshops, IFHOH Congress “Increasing the quality of life for people with hearing loss”, 27 June, Bergen, Norway
• “Empowerment in organisations“, OBESSU Study session “Special Needs: education, participation and social inclusion”, 9 March, Budapest, Hungary

• “Gender Mainstreaming in organizations", EFHOH Annual Conference, 8-10 April, Vienna, Austria
• Open Society Youth Initiative Exchange “Youth Rights: Real and Imagined”, European Youth Centre Budapest, 29 April-May 1

• “ExchangeAbility” disability awareness training for the Erasmus Student Network and Youth Agora, 5-6 February, European Youth Forum, Brussels
• “Challenging our prejudices and stereotypes towards disability” training workshops, ILGA Annual Conference, 28-30 October, The Hague, the Netherlands

• “Intercultural Dialogue in youth work” Russian language course programme, 21 June – 12 July, Moscow, Russia;
• IFHOHYP Training for Facilitators for Inclusion, 15-22 November, European Youth Centre Strasbourg;
• Seminar “New Ways of youth participation based on Information and Communication Technologies”, 15-18 March, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

• “Training of Trainers”, 25 October – 1 November, Moscow, Russia; “Training of Trainers for Diversity and Inclusion”, Hungary, Council of Europe, 14-24 May; Training workshops on Strategic Planning, Valencia, Spain, 20-23 April;
• Training "Maximizing Inclusive Participation During University Experience", February 2-10, Ankara, Turkey

• Trainer of the workshops “How to involve women with disabilities in active policy formulation and implementation”, European Conference “Women and Disability”, 16-18 November, Madrid, Spain;
• IFHOHYP study session "Leadership skills and developing necessary competences – Getting strong in the future", 16-23 September, European Youth Centre Budapest, Council of Europe, Hungary;
• Workshops on Discrimination and Participation, 'European Symposium on Participation' run within the “All Different – All Equal” Campaign, April 24-29, Schengen, Luxembourg

• IFHOHYP study session "Safeguarding human rights of hard of hearing youth: how to cope with discrimination and violence in education and employment", 23-30 April, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

• Trainer at the Symposium "FLEX Alumni Lead For Change" - ran working groups on Policy Recommendations to the Government of the Russian Federation; Moscow, American Councils of International Education;
• Trainer at the Intercultural Russian Language Course of the Council of Europe DYS, Moscow;
• Educational Advisor for the International Young Nature Friends Study session "Attractive Youth Publishing", European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France

• Trainer, co-organizer, ideas and resource person for the EU YOUTH programme project "Integration and Education through Arts and Sport", Czech Republic;
• Trainer on International Youth Work, European Institutions, Non-Formal Education, Intercultural Learning, Human Rights Education, Russian Politics at the Intercultural Russian Language course of the Council of Europe, Moscow;
• Training for Trainers, American Councils of International Education, Moscow;
• "Europe, Youth and Globalization" Event, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France - Facilitator of the Working Unit "Information and Communication Technologies: digital divide and opportunities";
• Long-Term Training Course "Diversity and Cohesion" based on minority youth projects, Council of Europe, March 2004-April 2005

• IFHOHYP study session "Building communication: breaking barriers and stereotypes", Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, course director and trainer; European Human Bridges training "Integration through Arts and Education", Turkey;
• "Public Health" workshops, all-Russian conference "Enhancing Community Service in Russia", American Councils of International Education, St. Petersburg, Russia;
• “Multiple discrimination” workshops, Youth Express Network study session “Strengthening the role of women in associative life - a prerequisite for democracy and human rights”, European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France

• European Human Bridges training seminar "Sport and Social Inclusion", Romania;
• "EU Charter on Fundamental Rights" workshop, "YOUROPA - Youth for Future" international conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

• IFHOHYP Study session "How to Make a Campaign", course director and trainer; European Human Bridges Study session "Disability versus Accessibility";
• Training Course "Introduction to Organizing International Youth Activities", Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France


2001 - present
Council of Europe, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Youth Department –

Consultant and Expert; Senior Trainer, Member of the Trainers’ Pool since 2004. Listed in top 5 candidates for the Educational Advisor post (Grade A1/A2), reserve list 2010-12. Provides trainings on: Human Rights Education, Youth Policy, Social Inclusion, Disability Rights, Gender Issues, ICT, PR and Media, Intercultural Learning, Non-Formal Education, Project and Organizational Management. Trainer at LTTC “Diversity and Cohesion”, “Europe, Youth and Globalization” Event, Training of Trainers for Diversity and Inclusion, “Youth ICT-based Participation”, other. Co-Author of the European Youth Campaign “All Different – All Equal” Education Guide “Companion” and the Human Rights Education Manual COMPASS. Expert Seminars’ General Rapporteur.


President of IFHOHYP – Board Coordinator, Committees’ Coordinator, Annual Budget manager, Grant Proposal Writer, Project Coordinator. Course Director/ organizer of the 2006, 2007 and 2009 IFHOHYP Study Sessions run in cooperation with the Council of Europe. Manager, Research and Multimedia Projects within the “All Different – All Equal” Campaign; Coordinator of youth policy proposals to the European Institutions (on access to education and employment) and proposals on specific policy measures to the UN OHCHR for implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Made contribution on Youth for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015. Expanded IFHOHYP from 9 to 25 countries in 2004-12; ensured its representation in Africa and Asia, in the European Youth Forum and the Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth.


Vice-President of IFHOHYP: Delegate to institutional meetings, Administrator of the Council of Europe grants for the 2001 and 2003 Study Sessions, Course Director, Writer for internal and external publications. Co-author of Policy Recommendations to the UN Youth Unit (1998).

1997 - present

Fund of Assistance to Disabled Children and Youth, Russian Federation. Press-secretary; Project manager; International Relations Coordinator; Trainer; Interpreter. Manager of the projects “UN Global Youth Service Day”, “Integration and Education through Arts and Sports”, “Internet Access & Training Programme”, and many other, through winning Small Grants from the American Councils of International Education and IREX; PR coordinator responsible for liaising with NGOs in Europe and the US; Organizer of press-conferences. Author of Policy recommendations on accessible education, employment and rehabilitation for children and youth to the Council of the Russian Federation.


2012 - 2015

Disability Rights Fund - Expert on the Global Advisory Panel responsible for review and revision of the DRF grantmaking strategy for disability NGOs’ advancement of the UN CRPD. Boston, MA, USA. Member of the Grantmaking Committee.

2010, 2011, 2012

The Open Society Foundations. Youth policy expert, youth policy conference - Almaty, Kazakhstan; Trainer, Youth conference “Youth rights: real and imagined” - Budapest, Hungary. Consultant for the Russian Association of Population and Development on Youth Strategy and Coalition building, Moscow, Russia.

October 2006 – February 2007

United Network of Young Peacebuilders – Intern. Fundraiser, Project proposal writer for educational projects.

2003 - present

European Disability Forum - Consultant, Speaker. Expert, EDF Expert Group on Education. Partner of Social Inclusion policies, Human Rights & Non-Discrimination Committees (2006-08). Member of EDF Youth Committee.

June-August 2003

The U.S. Library of Congress “Open World” Programme. Facilitator, interpreter for the Russian delegation within “Federalism and Mass Media” visit, Atlanta - Kansas City. –

Since 1998

Mass Media in Russia, Europe and the US. International Freelance Journalist, Professional writer in English and Russian; “Argumenti I Fakti” all-Russian newspaper, Radio “Maria” and others. Columnist of the US portal, column “International”.



“Youth and Disabilities – European Union policy framework”
• Policy framework text for the European Commission – Council of Europe Partnership in the Field of Youth (2012). Web version: English.

“Constraints in access to assistive technologies – and communication – for hard-of-hearing people in the Russian Federation and in Germany”
• Disability Studies Quarterly journal, Vol. 31, No 4 (2011): Mediated Communication. ISSN: 1041-5718; eISSN: 2159-8371. Web version: English.

“Youth participation: surveys of hard of hearing youth in Europe”
• Council of Europe (2011). “Some still more equal than others? Or equal opportunities for all?” ISBN 978-92-871-6746-0. Serdar M. Degirmencioglu. Web version: English.


“Access to Social Rights for Young People in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods”
• General Rapporteur. ENTER! Youth Policy Expert Seminar Report. Council of Europe (2011). Web version: English.

“Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities in the Youth Activities of the Council of Europe”
• Co-author, Rapporteur. Report of the Council of Europe Consultative Meeting on the inclusion of youth with disabilities in the Council of Europe programmes (Forthcoming 2013). Council of Europe Publications. English.

IFHOHYP training course report “Training Facilitators for Inclusion”
• Writer, editor. Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport publishing (2010). Web version: English.

IFHOHYP study session report “Developing leadership skills and competences”
• Writer, editor. Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport publishing (2008). Web version: English.

IFHOHYP study session report “Safeguarding human rights - how to cope with violence and discrimination in education and employment?”
• Writer, editor. Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport publishing (2007). Web version: English.

Study session report “Building communication for hard of hearing youth: breaking barriers and stereotypes”
• Writer, editor. Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport publishing (2004). Web: English.


COMPASS: A Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People
• Co-Author. Author of the background texts on Disability and Disablism and training activities “I want to work!”, “See the Ability”. Council of Europe (2012), pp. 465 – 474, Web version: English.

“All Together” Handbook
• Co-Author. International Falcon Movement – SEI Inclusion Handbook comprising good practices of inclusion of socially disadvantaged children and youth across various countries of the world (2009). English.

“NGO cooperation in Russia and Finland: development of NGO international projects in youth work and culture”
• Consultant on youth policy, writer. NORDEN-TACIS Russian-language brochure of the NORDEN Association for Cooperation with Nordic Countries (2009). Web version: Russian.

• Co-Author. ERASMUS students’ network and European Disability Forum booklet (2009) on running mixed ability projects or exchanges that are inclusive for students with disabilities. Web version: English.

“No Barriers, No Borders” handbook on organizing mixed ability activities
• Consultant, contributor to the original English language version. Editor of the Russian-language version. SALTO (2008, 2009). Web version: (English); (Russian).

Educational Guide “COMPANION”
• Co-Author. Manual issued for the European Youth Campaign “All Different-All Equal”. Council of Europe (2007). Web version: English and Russian.

“What is IFHOHYP? About our needs, rights and inclusion”
• Co-Author, Editor, Manager of the publication (edition of 2000 brochures). St. Petersburg (2007). English.


“Is the UN ready for serious youth involvement?”
• A critical reflection on the International Year of Youth and related events: (2011). English.

“Non-formal education as a core value to build skills and self-confidence”, “Women and disability”
• “Daily challenges for equality” (2009). Publication of the European Disability Forum. Web version: English.

Author columns “International” on the lives and realities of people with hearing loss around the world
• Web-portal,, series of articles (2005-2010). English.

“Role of European trainings, Participation and Arts in integration of youth with disabilities”
• EС – Council of Europe Youth Partnership magazine “Coyote” (Issue 8, 2004). Web version: English.

“Right To Education”
• UNESCO (1998). II prizewinning English-language article in the UNESCO International Journalism Student Competition. Web version: English.

Series of articles on culture, art, social and disability issues
• Russian- and English-language mass media (“Argumenti I Fakti-St.Petersburg”, “Neva News”), 1997-2001.

“Role of technologies for people with hearing loss”
• USA Magazine “World Around You” for people with hearing loss, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University (1997). II Prize-winning place in the US National Essay Competition. English.


“Disabled people's organisations (DPOs) and development of disability policies at the European level within the Council of Europe and the European Union"
• Keynote speaker at the Council of Europe Regional seminar on the participation of people with disabilities in political and public life, Croatian Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, Zagreb, Croatia (15-16 November, 2012). Web version:

“Hard of hearing people in Germany and Russia: awareness of socio-economic, civil and political rights”
• Publications of the International 'Social Work & Society' Academy TiSSA Research Conference “Social Work & Society – Between Private, Public and the State”, Bucharest, Romania (24-29 August, 2012). English.

“Bodily communication as a cultural norm with hard-of-hearing youth and resource barrier for the implementation of social and political rights”
• Report at the Research conference “Physical modes of youth in daily life”, Center of Youth Research of the Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg (28-29 September, 2012). English and Russian.

“Empowerment through self-advocacy and non-formal education”
• IFHOH World Congress “A better quality of life”, Bergen, Norway (25-28 June, 2012). Web version:

“Social inclusion of people with disabilities in Russian Federation and Germany”
• Open Society Foundations GSGP Research Conference, London School of Economics, London, Great Britain (11-14 April, 2011). English.

“Cultural Representation of Disability in Russia”
• “Present Difference: The Cultural Representation of Disability” Research conference, Manchester Metropolitan University (6-8 January, 2010). English.

“The limits of choice? Constraints in selecting the best device”
• EU Conference “Creating Conditions for Independent Living” – European Day of People with Disabilities, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (3-4 December, 2009) – presentation available at English.

"Empowerment of youth through active participation and access to information: challenges and opportunities"
• European Youth Conference “Towards a barrier-free Europe”, Athens, Greece (16-17 May 2003)

Series of publications on integration of young people with disabilities through Arts, Sports and Education
• "People & Health" international Congress Publications (2001, 2002, 2004). English and Russian.

“Information for All: Universal Access to Information”
• UNESCO International conference on Information for All publication, St.Petersburg, Russia (2004). English and Russian.

“Gender stereotypes in multiple discrimination”
• “A Man and a Woman: parallel worlds – philosophy, journalism, politics” Research Conference edition (2004). Gender Centre, St. Petersburg State University. Russian.

“The role of creative rehabilitation in integration and raising professional skills with disadvantaged youth”
• “Art for Social Change” international conference edition (2003), St. Petersburg. Russian.

“Role of INGYOs in achieving better interaction between non-profit organizations and mass media”
• “Youth and Media” Journalism Research Conference Publication, St. Petersburg State University (2003). Russian.

Educational pathway


2009-2015 - PhD researcher, Humboldt University, Berlin
2006-2008 - MA in Sociology, Postgraduate Programme in Political Science and Sociology, European University at St.Petersburg –
2005-2006 - Executive MA in International and European Relations & Management, Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam -
2004 - Alice Salomon Fachhochschule and Humboldt University courses in “European Integration and Social Exclusion” and “Disability Studies” (Berlin, Germany)
2004 - MA in International Journalism, St.Petersburg State University, Russia. Defended the Thesis "Information Policy of the European Institutions and Disability Rights in Russia"
2002 - BA and Diploma of High Distinction in International Journalism, Faculty of Journalism, St. Petersburg State University.
1998-2000 - 2nd additional education, degree with distinction "Interpretation in the field of professional communication" (English language), Faculty of Philology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
1997 - Graduate of Tecumseh High School, Michigan, USA; U.S. high school diploma, the U.S. President's Award of Excellence, Diploma endorsement in Communication Arts, certificates of excellence in English and Studio Art, ACT 29


- "Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education", Council of Europe, Budapest, Hungary, 2003;
- "Training for Trainers in international context", Council of Europe, Budapest, Hungary, 2002;
- "Management of the NGOs in social-medical sphere", NGO Development Centre, St.Petersburg, Russia, 2003
- "Disability and the Media", Mobility International, Strasbourg, France, 1999
- “Coaching people with disabilities in access to open labour market” course, Aktion Mensch, Nürnberg, Germany, 2010,
and other trainings of the Council of Europe, American Councils of International Education and international organisations...

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Animation
  • (intermediate) Bullying & Harassment
  • (expert) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Citizenship Education
  • (intermediate) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (intermediate) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (expert) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (intermediate) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (expert) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (intermediate) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Financial Management
  • (expert) Fundraising
  • (intermediate) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (intermediate) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (expert) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (advanced) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (intermediate) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (intermediate) Peace Education
  • (intermediate) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (expert) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) European Voluntary Service
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (expert) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (expert) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (expert) European Institutions
  • (expert) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (expert) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations
  • (advanced) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (intermediate) Families
  • (advanced) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Men's Issues & Groups
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Religious Youth Groups
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (expert) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (expert) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (expert) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Africa
  • (intermediate) Asia
  • (expert) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) Global Cooperation
  • (expert) South East Europe

Other skills

Youth Research, Disability Rights

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) German
  • (fluent) Russian

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2017-02-28

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