From 2015 to 2017, Olena Tregub led the national authority for international development assistance coordination as the director at Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development. She oversaw a vast portfolio of international development projects and programs totaling 12 bln USD. After the Revolution of Dignity, she was responsible for establishing the aid coordination mechanisms aimed at optimizing the involvement of international partners and aligning aid with national reform priorities. She also ensured efficient and transparent use of funds and public access to aid information by creating an online aid management system openaid.gov.ua. Earlier, Olena Tregub worked in journalism, education and international development. Olena has worked in the UN Headquarters in New York, taught International Relations in American universities and cooperated with The New York Times and KyivPost. In 2008, Ms. Tregub co-founded the consulting company Global Education Leadership in the U.S., which implemented programs of professional development and studying abroad for young North Americans in Poland, Ukraine and Costa Rica, as well as offered educational consulting and leadership training. Olena Tregub’s professional development stretched between three countries: the USA, Poland and Ukraine. She resided in the United States for over 10 years. After the Maidan revolution, Ms. Tregub returned to Ukraine to contribute to the country’s transformation. Ms. Tregub is currently a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a leading US think tank in international affairs. She is also a part of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers network. Ms.Tregub is a graduate of the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, the Central European University and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Dr. LADA L ROSLYCKY
Head of Policy
Dr. Lada L Roslycky is an American-Canadian security expert with over 15 years of experience working with soft power, Euro-Atlantic integration, international law, and democracy building. Her Master’s thesis (published in The United Nations Hague Yearbook of International Law) set the foundational guidelines for the use of weather modification technology as an instrument of sustainable development. Her PhD dissertation (2011 Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) predicted Russia would illegally annex Crimea using a combination of soft power (psychological operations), post-Soviet political-criminal relations, and the Russian Black Sea Fleet. A fellow of the Harvard Black Sea Security Program, she created a formula explaining Russia’s policy of strategic separatism. Lada advises governmental and non-governmental institutions. As an external consultant for the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) she analyzed private military corporations in Mongolia’s mining sector, NATO Trust Funds and supported work of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. As the Director of Strategic Communications at Ukraine Today, she authored a winning tender for the EU Deep & Comprehensive Free Trade Area communications project. She is an expert writer for the Center for Army Conversion and Disarmament Studies, is cooperating with NATO Science for Peace Program on Cyber Security and is a visiting Professor at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. Her interests include human rights, public speaking, strategic planning, analysis, peacebuilding, sailing, and, flowers.
Emiliia’s interests cover several areas: journalism, translation and EU-Ukraine relations. Over the last six years she has worked at Ukraine’s national TV channels such as ‘Ukraina’, ‘112-Ukraina’ and ‘NTN’. In 2016 Emiliia did a placement at Deutsche Welle in Bonn where she prepared analytical materials on politics and economy. Dieniezhna speaks three foreign languages: English, German and French. She interprets simultaneously for the live streams of summits and press conferences. She obtained her first higher education at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. She graduated with the degree in Translation from English and German. After that she taught the English language for seven years at her alma mater. In 2018 Dieniezhna got her Master’s degree in Political and Administrative Affairs from the College of Europe (Belgium). Her Master’s paper was about the change of the EU image in Ukrainian media in 2014 – 2017.
Taras Yemchura graduated Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture. He worked as an analyst at governmental institutions (National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities, Ministry for Regional Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine) as well as on non-governmental projects (NGO "Let's Make Ukraine Clean”, Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik eV and others). Today Taras Yemchura works as an analyst at the Secretariat of the Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO), working on projects that aim to make defense and security sector more transparent.