Organisational Structure of the Foundation
Kino Klassika Foundation is an UK registered charity. Our charity number is 1150791. Kino Klassika’s board of trustees is ultimately responsible for the governance of the organisation, which is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
All our team can be contacted via email using their first name followed by @kinoklassikafoundation.org or at the postal address in the footer.
Nicole Karakin, Strategy Director
Nicole leads development of our brand strategy and communications platforms. Her background is in creative direction and user experience. Nicole is completing her PhD on movement analysis and somatic practices at Queen Mary, University London.
Maria Pasholok, Projects Director
Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Media & Communications at the University of Greenwich. Before that she taught Cultural Theory at Richmond, and European Cinema at the University of Oxford, where she also completed a Doctorate on Representations of Space in Russian Cinema of 1910s and 1920s. Maria is an independent film critic, with articles featuring in the BBC World Service, Calvert Journal, Forbes and Times Literary Supplement.
Yana Maksimochkina, Communications Director
Yana has over 10 years of experience in developing, implementing and overseeing media campaigns in the Russian, British and international press. She has worked at Russia’s two biggest PR agencies, handling large scale projects across culture, education, science and tourism. In the UK, she has worked as PR manager or co-ordinator for the Russian Debutante Ball, the 2016 Russian Film Week, as well as for Naked Heart Foundation and Gift of Life. She also handles private clients.
Frederick Michell, A World to Win Season Manager
Freddie is in his final year at UCL studying Russian language and history. His interest in Russia and Russian culture comes from a love of Russian literature and his time spent travelling both in Russia and the surrounding region. Freddie is responsible for organising and co-ordinating the A World to Win season.
Sarah Davies, Social Media Manager
Sarah manages our social media to communicate our projects to our audiences and to reach new followers and collaborators. Sarah completed her MA in Russian at UCL’s SSEES, with a dissertation focus on folkloric imagery in Russian films of the 1930s.
Eleanor Rees, Digital Publications Director
Eleanor manages our online content, website and digital publications. She is a doctoral candidate at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where she is researching the role of the kino-khudozhnik and set design in early Russian and Soviet feature film. Her research is funded by the Wolfson Foundation. She received her BA and MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Suzy Shepherd, Video and Materials Editor
Suzy edits our video and audio material, such as podcasts, footage from our events, and trailers, including the trailer for our ‘World to Win’ film season. She is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford, where she studied Classics, and she now works as a freelance editor, videographer, and filmmaker.