Dr. Olena Prystayko
Dr. Olena Prystayko is Executive Director of Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels. Prior to this, she was Project Manager at the Directorate of Internal Oversight of the Council of Europe (2013); Representative in Brussels of the Anti-Discrimination Centre “Memorial” and the “Sova” Center (2012); Research Fellow at the EU-Russia Centre in Brussels (2008 – 2011); Coordinator of the project on Monitoring of the EU Action Plan for Ukraine at the Razumkov Centre in Kyiv (2006-2007); Assistant Professor at the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2005 – 2010); Projects Director at the Centre for Peace, Conversion and Foreign Policy of Ukraine (2005 – 2006); researcher at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Regional Office to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in Kyiv (2003) and press secretary of the Institute of International Relations Taras Shevchenko National University. She is a co-author of Chapter „Ukraine“ in the Freedom House publication „Nations in Transit“ (evaluation of the democratic transformation of the country) and author of more than 20 publications on EU – Ukraine relations, EU foreign policy and transition processes in the post-Soviet states. She obtained her PhD in Political Sciences from the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University (Ukraine), and her LL.M. in European Law from the Europa-Institut, University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany.
Liudmyla Goncharenko is Communication Manager responsible for the communication activities of the Office (Milan, Italy). Liudmyla holds a Master of Arts in English language and literature from Kharkiv National V.N. Karazin University and a M.A. in European Studies from RWTH Aachen (Germany). Prior to joining the UTTLOB Liudmyla gained extensive experience in various aspects of communications working in the International Office of the RWTH Aachen, various youth organisations in Aaachen and Berlin as well as through her internships in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Ukraine and in the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany.
Next to her mother tongues, Ukrainian and Russian, she is fluent in written and spoken English and German, and has an intermediate knowledge of Italian.
Field of interest: Ukraine, European integration, gender policies, democratic governance.