Future of Ukraine Fellows

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1 November 2022

After an arduous selection process, we have selected several outstanding Ukrainian thought leaders that we seek to fund. Help fund more Future of Ukraine Fellows. Here are their stories.

Our Future of Ukraine fellows are the top Ukrainian thought leaders who can continue their work and tell the untold stories of the war thanks to this fellowship. Below you will find the bios of our current fellows.

 Bohdan Bernatskyi

Bohdan Bernatskyi is a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Ostroh Academy. He is a legal practitioner and helps the Ukrainian government and Members of Parliament in the fields of sanctions and transitional justice reforms. His academic interests include human rights, the functioning of political parties and countermeasures in international relations.

Oleksandra Drik

Oleksandra is a lawyer who has been working on accountability reforms in Ukraine since 2014. Since the full-scale Russian invasion in 2022, she has been advocating for a comprehensive international system of accountability for war crimes committed in Ukraine. Oleksandra holds an MA in Global Politics and Law from the University of Sheffield (UK), and two Ukrainian degrees in international relations and law from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Her 8 years of background in advocating accountability reforms in Ukraine in governmental, non-governmental sectors and EU projects in Ukraine, include positions in the MOD of Ukraine, Reforms Delivery office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, EU Anti-corruption Initiative in Ukraine, NGO and media. Read Oleksandra’s articles here.

Christine Karelska

Christine Karelska is an alumna of the College of Europe in Natolin and the Democracy Study Centre in Kyiv. Her main specialization is the European Neighborhood Policy. Christine was an intern-analyst of the Public Association “Community Associations” in Odesa. Her main academic spheres of interest are security studies, international relations, gender equality and local governance. Currently, she is working as an Advisor on International Relations of the Vice Mayor of Odesa and as an Assistant to the Deputy of the Odesa City Council. Previously, she worked as a Project Manager of the Ze!Women movement aimed at gender equality and promotion of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska’s projects in the Odesa region.

Oleksandr Kraiev

Oleksandr Kraiev is a director of the North America program in the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. He is an international relations columnist for several Ukrainian and international media outlets. He is also a PhD candidate at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Key academic and professional spheres of interest: the UK and US foreign and domestic policy, the Irish border dispute, hybrid warfare, and modern conflicts.

Vitaly Portnikov

Vitaly is an author and renowned journalist working in democratic media in Central and Eastern Europe for more than three decades. He is the author of hundreds of analytical articles in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Israeli, and Baltic media. He hosts television programs and his own analytical channels on YouTube. He is currently broadcasting at the office of the Espreso TV channel in Lviv and continues to cooperate with the Ukrainian and Russian services of Radio Liberty. On the Russian service of Radio Liberty, he continues the project about the post-Soviet space “Roads to Freedom”, which was aired first from Moscow, then from Kyiv, and is now being produced in Lviv as a joint project of Radio Liberty, the Current Time TV channel and the Espreso TV channel.

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We call upon all of our subscribers, readers, and partners to donate to this fellowship program and help the following Ukrainians be the leading voices of the untold stories behind and beyond the Russian invasion of Ukraine and cover topics the war might have interrupted. 

Since April 2022 the programme has been generously funded by individual donations and subscriptions (20 per cent of the total value to date), institutional donations (10 per cent) and an institutional grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (70 per cent).

The Future of Ukraine Fellowship

To address the humanitarian crisis stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Visegrad Insight, Res Publica Foundation will use all of its proceeds from subscriptions to our website to establish three paid, full-time editorial positions as part of the Future of Ukraine Fellowship for a six-month period.

The dreadful events in Ukraine have forced all of us to rethink the main tenets of security, the importance of democratic values, and the right of a free nation to defend its sovereignty. As the Russian invasion continues to displace millions of Ukrainians — along with thousands of victims of the war — we are left with hundreds and thousands of untold stories and lost narratives that have been missing from mainstream accounts of recent events.

To showcase the bravery and resilient spirit of the Ukrainian people during these troubling times, Visegrad Insight has established the Future of Ukraine Fellowship that will give space to Ukrainian voices who will tell the lost stories of displaced and vulnerable Ukrainians. As disinformation persists in the media infosphere, there is a demand for strong voices who will take a more human-centred approach to the ongoing events in Ukraine.

We call upon all of our subscribers, readers, and partners to donate to this fellowship program to help Ukrainians be the leading voices of the untold stories behind and beyond the Russian invasion of Ukraine and cover topics the war might have interrupted.


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