Irina Markina is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and serves as senior energy advisor at the European Union Delegation to the United States, based in Washington, DC. Ms. Markina’s expertise spans energy, economic, security, and environmental sectors. In her role, Ms. Markina manages a wide range of energy policy issues affecting the EU–US bilateral relationship. Ms. Markina directs European diplomatic energy engagement with the US government, and she oversees development and implementation of strategic priorities under the EU-US Energy Council. Ms. Markina reports to the European External Action Service and the European Commission Directorate General for Energy.
Prior to joining the EU Delegation to the US, Ms. Markina served at the European Parliament based in Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Markina counseled members of the European Parliament on the Future of Science and Technology Panel and she managed research and legislative action on technology innovation, energy, and transportation policy. Ms. Markina holds a Master of Science degree (Highest Honors) in European Affairs and Global Political Economy from Lund University, Sweden, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Highest Honors) in Political Science and International Relations from Vilnius University, Lithuania. Ms. Markina is fluent in Lithuanian, English, Polish, and Russian, and she speaks intermediate French.