Oleksandr Solontai is the head of the practical policy programme and an expert at the Institute for Political Education. His professional interests include local self-government, the work of government bodies, decentralisation, the election process, economic planning & community strategies, and human capital development. He studied International Relations at the Institute of International Relations in the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, and did his postgraduate studies at the Zakarpattia State University. He has been involved in civil and political activities, was a member of the Uzhhorod City Council and the Zakarpattia Regional Council. In 2015–16 and 2018–19, he was the head of the Power of the People political party. He founded the Foundation for the Support of Professional Politics. Oleksandr is working to support decentralisation reform, and collaborates with the media and government bodies.