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Vitalii Yaremchuk

Vitalii Yaremchuk is a Ph.D. student in International Law at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University. In 2017 he graduated from Chernivtsi Institute of Trade and Economics of Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics in specialty «Economics», specialization «International Economics».

On the first semester of his studying at university, Vitalii was elected head of the student union at the Faculty of Law. Then he was twice won the election of the chairman of Student Parliament of Chernivtsi National University. Vitalii was co-founder and headed youth organization ‘The Student Council of Bukovyna’, which was united student self-government of Chernivtsi region.

In 2017 Vitalii was a co-author of the project within the framework of the «Budget of Chernivtsi Initiatives», which provided for the construction of a modern square in the center of Chernivtsi.

He actively participates in international projects, in particular: study session by the Youth Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France); Erasmus + youth mobility program (Vienna, Austria); internship on the law firm within the framework of the program ‘STEP’ by The European Law Students’ Association (Timisoara, Romania); participated in the study visit ‘Study Tours to Poland’ (Lodz, Poland). Vitalii is also a graduate of the program ‘EU Study Days’ by the EU Delegation to Ukraine and the Jessup Summer School.


Mariia Donets

Mariia studies international relationships in Odesa National University. While in high school she took part in FLEX program and studied a year in the United States as a 12th grade student. During her exchange year Mariia has fundraised money for a refugee camp for people form the east near her home town (Odesa).

She is a co-founder of an NGO Ukrainian Volunteer Service in which she works with popularizing volunteering and developing social projects for different communities in need. Being a community manager and project lead Mariia has structured volunteer management for more than 40 organizations in Ukraine.

She has worked as a coordinator of youth programs at the center of social initiatives Impact Hub Odessa for more than a year. There she helped organizing one of the biggest conferences for NGO and youth Social Camp Ukraine and StudCamp and started about 17 city oriented projects.

In the year of 2018 Mariia manages School Lesson of Volunteering. Together with Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine her team will work on implementing volunteering in schools through a teaching teachers.

Mariia works as FLEX alumni coordinator in American Councils for International Education encouraging alumni to create a stronger community.


Olha Ruda

Olha Ruda is one of two Ukrainian Youth Delegates to the United Nations for the term of 2017-2018. She strives for peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential and is extremely interested in public diplomacy. Former Team leader of Global Entrepreneur Shape Ukraine project at AIESEC in Kyiv. While holding this position realized the project for 123 young people interested in entrepreneurship from 20 countries, thus advancing SDG #8. Bachelor of international relations at the Institute of international relations, Taras Shevcheko National University of Kyiv. Former member of institute’s student TV crew. Co-organizer of the conference “Problems and prospects of the EU-Ukraine cooperation” devoted to the 20th anniversary of EU-Ukraine relations. Alumna of FLEX program 2010-2011 during which participated in the week-long Civic education workshop held at Washington DC. Studied as an exchange student of “Polish Erasmus for Ukraine” at the University of Warsaw. Had an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in the Asia-Pacific region department. Fluent in English and Polish.


Maryna Mykhaylenko

Maryna Mykhaylenko, student of the Institute of International Relations Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv majoring in international relations. Scope of interests: representation of youth in politics, quality education and gender equality. Coordinator of charity and educational projects. Former intern at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Kyiv City State Administration. Founder of an English language club for elementary and middle school students. Participant of international exchange programs. Pioneer of youth campaigns for raising awareness among youth on environmental and social problems in Ukraine.


Kyrylo Beskorovayny 

Kyrylo Beskorovayny co-founder of the Ukrainian popular-science magazine «Kunsht», one of the organizers of «Strenghening youth as active citizens in Ukraine» initiative and also Ukrainian volunteering tours «Help and Travel». He is a fourth year student at the Institute of international relations Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University majoring in international communications. Speaks fluent English and German. Had an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Directorate general for Policy and Communications, worked as an interpreter for the OSCE mission during the presidential elections and was selected as a young leader for Yalta European Strategy meeting in 2015


Uliana Avtonomova 

Member of the “Young Generation Will Change Ukraine” Association, cooperated with various projects that are related to education, had extensive volunteer experience and collaborated with VoxUkraine and Center for Political Studies and Analysis «Eidos». Communicates 5 languages. First year Master`s student at Taras Shevchenko National University, Faculty of Philosophy, majoring in Political Science. Participated at the 12th Yalta European Strategy as a young leader. Worked at the PinchukArtCentre.


Evelina Ibraimova 

My strong belief is that empowering Ukrainian youth is key to Ukraine’s future prosperity.

My interest in youth issues dates back to 2010, when I took part in the FLEX program and spent a year as a regular American high school student in Florida. During my time in the US, I learned a lot about American society and realized that a democratic state needed to have a strong civil society to function properly. To raise one in Ukraine, it seemed logical to start with increasing and encouraging youth participation.

So back home, I strove to inspire young people to take initiative and teach them how to make positive changes in their communities. I started a youth volunteer movement Help and Travel in Crimea (my region of origin), and took part in other projects — like Practice CACTUS seminars.

Currently, I work as a project manager at the Kyiv Post – leading Ukrainian English-language newspaper. I am very much interested in international politics and diplomacy and have enjoyed participation in Atlantic Council simulations organized by Youth Atlantic Treaty Association in Estonia and Portugal. My international experience also includes an internship at CECREDA – an Argentine think tank investigating challenges facing the country in political, economical and social domains.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and fluently speak Ukrainian, Russian, English and Spanish.


Oleh Puryshev 

I am passionate about the issues of human rights, inequality, education (with emphasis on civil and political education) and youth representation in government.

In 2014, I did an internship at the NGO Centre.UA, responsible for a variety of highly successful and effective projects in the public sector in Ukraine. In cooperation with Andriy Kruglashov, we created the project ‘Stop the War in Europe” where I held a position of vice-coordinator. In 2015, I became an activist of the civil movement CHESNO that monitors MPs and election processes in Ukraine. Later, I joined the newly formed initiative Follow the Money that was created with the association of National Democratic Institute (NDI) and aimed at lobbying for transparency of financing political campaigns and parties. I was also involved in creating a guidebook for female political candidates, including contributions on gender based violence and female participation in politics.

I founded and am now involved in development of a crowdfunding platform MoeMisto, aimed at joining volunteers and urbanists together in order to solve social issues in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. My interests include international politics and the United Nations as well: I took part in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conferences in Washington and New York.

I graduated from Pace University (USA) majoring in political science and minoring in sociology/anthropology and history.


Inna Sandiuk 

My interests include diplomacy and security, youth policies, sustainability and foreign languages.

I am a member of the Association «Young Generation Will Change Ukraine» of Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation. As a participant of the Young Generation Will Change Ukraine program, I studied sustainable development in Sweden.

As an intern at the Parliament of Republic of Poland, I worked in the commission for local government and regional development. My professional experience includes work as a project manager at an NGO focusing on Vinnitsia regional development and at the Hewlett-Packard corporation. I also contributed to a Polish-language newspaper in Podillya region in Ukraine.

Given my interest in international politics and global issues, I took part in several UN Model conferences, a students’ scientific circle, youth projects and summits dedicated to raising awareness on sustainable development.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in translation from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and a master’s degree in international relations from Wroclaw University (Poland). Within the framework of the Erasmus Program I also studied at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. My MA thesis research focused on water security with emphasis on potential of water scarcity to trigger a national or international conflict.


Viktoriya Shvydchenko

I am passionate about the United Nations, global politics and diplomacy and believe that youth empowerment and activism are key to a more effective, inclusive and sustainable international system.

Since 2012, I have been a member of the US Embassy Youth Council and the NGO Youth Diplomatic Initiative. Currently, I am a World Academy of Arts and Science (WAAS) junior fellow and the head of external relations of Lviv Academy for Human Rights of Don Bosco.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. I also studied in the Global UGRAD program in Lewis and Clark College, where I participated in Model United Nations conferences as part of the college delegation. In 2013, I did an internship in the Political Section at the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN in New York.


Viktoriya Luchka

I strongly believe that young people can bring positive change on national and international levels.

In 2014, I graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with bachelor’s degree in international law. In 2012 – 2013, I studied on the U.S. Department of State Global UGRAD program at Utica College, where I served as a president of Amnesty International Group and worked as an assistant to the director of Human Rights Advocacy Program. In 2014, I had an internship at the Agency of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights in Western Region.

Gained experience has inspired me to work in the sphere of human rights education and co-found NGO Lviv Academy for Human Rights of Don Bosco, where I currently serve as the president.

Being a World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) junior fellow, I am profoundly interested in international human rights law and advocacy, youth policies and international security.