Diana Potjomkina, originally from Latvia, is a Belgium-based PhD researcher affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University & United Nations University – CRIS. She focuses on multistakeholderism in international trade governance, with a particular focus on the European Union’s free trade agreements. Diana has obtained an MA degree in international relations (cum laude) from the Riga Stradins University, and was a Fulbright visiting student researcher at the George Mason University. In addition to academic research and teaching experience, she also has approx. 7 years’ professional experience in the non-profit and think tank sector (European Movement – Latvia and Latvian Institute of International Affairs), holding progressively responsible roles in project management, fundraising, organization of events, advocacy and conducting policy-oriented qualitative research related to citizen participation, Latvian foreign policy, Eastern Partnership and Eurasian politics more broadly. Diana is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Latvian, and speaks intermediate Dutch.