Alyona Lis 

basic landing
Workplace and position

Head of the NGO  “ODB Brussels” (Belgium)

Academic title (if any)   Ph.D

Master of Linguistics

Work experience: as a practice, as a teacher

- 14 years of professional experience in the design and implementation of international and multi-component development / cooperation projects (EU, DANIDA, SIDA, USAID, Nordic Council of Ministers, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs) aimed at promoting cooperation between CSOs from the East.

- Partnership Countries (EaP) and EU Member States (in the areas of social entrepreneurship, renewable energy, higher education, environmental protection, culture, sustainable transport),social entrepreneurship development and youth empowerment.

- Good knowledge of the social entrepreneurship environment in the Eastern Partnership countries, the EU and the USA.

- Experience in developing training courses aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills among youth and women in three international projects.

- Mentor experience in youth entrepreneurship projects.

- Training experience in social entrepreneurship.

- Strong planning and organizing skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work in a multicultural environment, experience in organizing international forums (for over 300 participants) and festivals for over 3000 participants (over a ten-day event marathon).

- Good experience in external evaluation of international projects, including social impact assessment of projects (using SROI methodology and ASHOKA fund).

Indicate how long and what kind of business you've managed/founded/worked for

Expert in the field of social entrepreneurship development, co-founder and head of the NGO “ODB Brussels” (Belgium),experience in coaching on development of the potential of NGOs since 2011, social entrepreneurship - since 2015.

Basic skills

Analytical and research skills, professional photography.

Methods used in teaching


Expert achievements and promotion

SAP up coordinator - international competition of social start-ups (Belarus),member of the COST network (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).


(Social entrepreneurship): 

Models, criteria for social enterprises, stages of social enterprise development, lean start-up methodology, social entrepreneurship in Belarus and worldwide, seed financing (crowdfunding and crowdsourcing),lean start-up canvas, minimum viable product (MVP).

(Non-profit organizations): 

Advocacy, work with various target groups, organizational development, development of fundraising strategies, PR strategies for NGOs, writing project applications, assessing the needs of local communities, horizontal (cross-cutting values) in the program and project activities of NGOs.

Areas of mentoring

Social entrepreneurship seed financing (crowdfunding and crowdsourcing),lean start-up canvas, minimum viable product (MVP). Mentor in youth entrepreneurship projects, non-profit organizations.