Salome Gongadze is the Evaluation, Learning, and Research Analyst at the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities. She coordinates all things related to knowledge, research, and learning for the initiative, including orchestrating the selection of the Prize finalists from hundreds of entries from cities around the world. She also works on the Prize's knowledge agenda with the aim of helping WRI and the wider global urban policymaking community learn about how transformative change happens in cities.

Prior to WRI, Salome was research associate at the King’s College London Policy Institute, where she worked on research projects in a range of public policy issue areas. While in the UK she also served on the Transport for London Youth Panel, where she advised TFL on its impacts on young people in the city. In this role she engaged with major sustainability initiatives including London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone and the Mayor’s Vision Zero strategy.

She holds a B.A. in Politics from King’s College London and M.Sc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Salome lives in Washington, DC and was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. In her free time she enjoys spending time in cafes and riding the bus.