Alexandra Cherepanova's academic focus has always been that of International Relations. As a Russian citizen of Yakut descent, she graduated from the School of International Relations of St.-Petersburg State University, Russian Federation, with a degree in North American Studies. This choice of research field was logical for an alumna of the Freedom Support Act Future Leaders Exchange Scholarship Program funded by the U.S. State Department.
After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in 2007, Alexandra worked as an Import Specialist for a Russian company-supplier of industrial products for local producers, where she saw the need for legal and economic regulation of trade. Dealing mainly with trade and taxation as a hired professional motivated Alexandra to enter the "World Trade System" Master's Program of St.-Petersburg State University, Faculty of Economics in 2008.
Combining both academic and professional activity allowed Alexandra a better understanding of the International Trade processes and deepened her research interests in the field of Dispute Settlement procedures, especially within WTO.
Alexandra entered the IELPO Program in 2009 to obtain knowledge in International Economic Law which in addition to the background in International Relations and Economics will provide her more profound vision of international trade in all aspects, political, economic and legal.
Alexandra speaks Russian and Yakut, her mother tongues, and she is fluent English, basic Spanish and French.