Elena Ratoi is based in Chisinau, Moldova, where she works as CIPE’s Program Officer under the S/GWI-funded “Reducing Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Moldova (WAGE)” project. Elena has 10 years of work experience in project management with most of her career focused on supporting women’s empowerment and gender equality. Prior to joining CIPE in 2020, Elena held positions at UN Women, where she managed projects and initiatives in the field of women’s political participation, women’s leadership, gender-sensitive legislation, and advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Moldova. She started her career as a Project Associate at Association “MOTIVATIE,” which aims to promote social inclusion of persons with disabilities. Elena attended Moldova State University where she earned a BA in Constitutional and Administrative Law and an MA in Civil Law.