She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Philology Department.
In 1993–1994 Elena Topoleva-Soldunova headed the editorial and publishing department of the Post Factum news agency, and she was also the production editor of the Russia-Europe newsletter.
From 1994 to the present, Ms Topoleva-Soldunova heads the Autonomous Non-Profit Organization Agency for Social Information (ASI). It is a unique professional agency that regularly covers and promotes the activities of the non-profit sector, civic initiatives, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship and charity. Under her leadership, ASI conducts national informational campaigns that contribute to solving critical social issues: in partnership with Studio Dialogue NPO conducts the Our Children Campaign to prevent social orphanhood, as well as the So Easy! (“Tak prosto!”) Campaign to promote ideas of charity and volunteering in collaboration with other NPOs. The tak-prosto.org website has won the award in the Internet Social Projects nomination at the Moscow Festival of Social Advertising. In 2010, the Tak Prosto! Project has won a special award at the Silver Archer (“Serebryanyy Luchnik”) National Competition.
From 1999 to 2002 she acted as a member of the international jury of the human rights award established by The Body Shop.
Since 2005, she has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the LifeLine program.
Since 2006, member of the Public Council of the “2006 Year of Charity in Russia” National Initiative.
2008 – a member of the International Committee of the Year of Family in Russia.
2008–2009 – a member of the international Global Reporting Initiative working group on the development of an application for the NPOs reporting.
Since 2010, she is a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.
In 2012 – 2014 she headed the CC RF Commission on social policy, labour relations and the quality of life. She co-headed the Public Institutions Development Expert Group under Strategy 2020 reforming.
From 2012 to 2016 she was a member of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights.
From 2012 to present – Deputy Chairman of the Council on Social Guardianship under the Government of the Russian Federation, member of the Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation.
Since 2013 – Chairman of the Public Council under the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Since 2014 – Chairman of the Commission for the Development of the non-profit sector and support of socially oriented NPOs.
Elena Topoleva-Soldunova is an expert in social marketing and advertising, corporate social responsibility and non-financial reporting.
Diplomas and Awards
Elena Topoleva-Soldunova’s work has been awarded various honours and awards.
She is a winner of the Impulse of Good (“Impuls Dobra”) 2014 award in ‘For Leadership in Promoting Social Entrepreneurship’ nomination. Elena has received the Second-Class Medal “For Merit to the Fatherland (2012) and Gold Badge of Honour ‘Public Recognition’ for her invaluable personal contribution in the development of philanthropy in Russia, active citizenship (2009). She received an Honourable Mention from the Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov for valuable expert contribution to the Council in 2009–2012 (2012), for invaluable contribution to the development of civil society institutions and active participation in the work of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (2010).
In 2016, Elena Topoleva-Soldunova became the Person of the Year according to the Donors Forum, as well as the winner of the Media Manager of Russia 2016 award in the nomination ‘For contribution to the industry development’. In 2017, she received the Honourable Mention from the Government of the Russian Federation for the invaluable personal contribution to promoting the implementation of state social policy, the development of charity and social guardianship.