Ilya Kursenko is engaged into international civil service as one of the most active Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Youth Group members, focused on the role of the youth in non-proliferation and disarmament initiatives. His primary focus is leading the research project on CTBTO & Sustainable Development: CTBTO International Monitoring System Contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water in Indian Ocean.
In addition to his service for the CTBTO Youth Group, Ilya recently completed a traineeship with the Council of Europe Program Office in the Russian Federation where he was engaged to support the launch of the pilot project "Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017-2022)".
Whilst pursuing his BA in International Affairs from the Kazan Federal University, Ilya delivered a research thesis "History of Arms Control agreements and the legal framework developed" incorporating the English-based sources never translated to Russian previously. Along with academic work Ilya Kursenko works as the Board member for Strategic Development of the European Youth Parliament Russia.
Ilya was also part of the CTBTO’s Youth Group representation at the 73 United Nations General Assembly where he interviewed Ms Angela Kane, the former UN High Representative on Disarmament Affairs.