Katja Assoian worked for 15 years in various project positions within several Dutch NGOs dealing with human rights issues. Since 2006, she has been working for Global Initiative on Psychiatry and administrating international projects in the field of mental health, HIV/AIDS, forensic psychiatry and prison mental health. Katja Assoian has background in international relations, profound knowledge of the former Soviet region context and excellent knowledge of Russian (native language), English and Dutch.