Elsa Vidal graduated from the National Institute of Eastern languages and Civilizations in 1995 (Russian, Mongolian, transition studies), and from the Institute of Political Studies (Paris) in 1999 (International Relations and Communications). She further enrolled in Keio University (Tokyo, Japan) in post-graduate programme. She worked in Japan as a journalist from 1999 to 2002.
Before joining NGO sector, she served as Head of Crisis communications with the National Institute of Public Health Surveillance (equivalent of Rospotrebnadzor for France), where she managed and coordinated communications in many health crises such as Heat wave, SARS, Tsunami in Banda Aceh (Indonesia).
In the NGO sector, she has been head of Europe and FSU department for Reporters Without Borders before joining Doctors of the World, where she designed and implemented reproductive health projects in cooperation with local authorities in various regions such as Chechnya. In early 2017, she joined Oxfam as it shifted strategy and engaged into advocacy and representation activities in the Russian Federation, addressing the strategic role played by the Russian Federation at regional and global level.
Oxfam is a worldwide development and humanitarian NGO, created in the UK in 1942 to alleviate suffering of the Greek citizens starved under Nazi occupation. Oxfam nowadays carries out developing projects in more than 90 countries, fostering resilience at individual and society levels (with a focus on empowering women), looking for creative solutions to eradicate poverty and bring more stability to communities. It actively and successfully engages with corporate sector to tailor innovative programmes that benefit all involved actors.