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Magdalena Grono

Program Director, Europe & Central Asia

Professional Background

Magdalena Grono has worked on conflict and transition issues in the former Soviet space since 1999, with a special focus on the Caucasus region where she also lived for nearly a decade. Before joining Crisis Group as Europe and Central Asia Program Director, Magdalena worked with the European Commission where she advised former Commissioner for Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy on Eastern partnership countries; and led, together with UN and OSCE colleagues, the Working Group II on Humanitarian Issues of the Geneva International Discussions.

Prior to that, Magdalena worked on conflict, inter-ethnic and reform issues with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, the OSCE, the High Commissioner on National Minorities and various international NGOs including Conciliation Resources, Freedom House, International Centre for Transitional Justice, and International Alert. She also served as Crisis Group's Caucasus Project Director between 2007-2008.

In The News

12 Apr 2017
The chances for the potential escalation [of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] are very high. And the conflict will be more deadly this time, since both sides know each other’s capabilities Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Magdalena Grono

Program Director, Europe & Central Asia

Latest Updates

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