Alona Yefimenko was born and raised in a family of Chukchi and Even reindeer herders in Ayanka, Kamchatka, Russia. From 1988 to 1996, she worked as the Director of the Koryak Ethnography Museum in Palana, Kamchatka. Her experience includes fieldwork and archaeological excavations in the Koryak region of Kamchatka, training and research in Canada (DIAND/Quebec Province) and at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University. With the establishment of the Arctic Council in 1996, she joined the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat, a support organisation for the Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Arctic Council. She has been involved in the CAFF Sacred Sites Project, the Northern Sea Route Assessment and other Arctic Council Projects.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Philology from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Far Eastern State University.