Irina Shamolina received her basic education in Russia, and subsequently completed an MA in the area of mathematics and economy in Moscow and her MBA in Denmark. Irina started her career at the American multinational companies as a real estate analyst, then continued as a business planning and development expert. Since 2005, she has operated her own management consulting company. Following the GHEC 2012 in Berlin, Irina became actively involved in the promotion of homeschooling in Russia and worldwide. In 2014 she has joined the Patriarchal Commission on Family, Maternity and Childhood Protection of the Russian Orthodox Church.