Robert Brinkley CMG, Chairman

Robert Brinkley was a British diplomat for 34 years.  He served as High Commissioner to Pakistan (2006 – 2009), Ambassador to Ukraine (2002 – 2006) and as head of the UK’s worldwide visa operation (2000 – 2002).  He had previously had two postings in Moscow (both in Russia and in the Soviet Union), as well as positions in Bonn, Geneva and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.  In 2010 – 2011 he was seconded to Associated British Foods plc.  He speaks Ukrainian, Russian and German. Since leaving government service in 2011, Robert Brinkley has built a portfolio with charity, education and international dimensions.  He is a senator of the Ukrainian Catholic University.  He chairs the steering committee of the Chatham House Ukraine Forum.  Until 2018 he was chairman of The BEARR Trust, a British charity which supports small health and social welfare groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus.  He is a trustee of the Keston Institute, which studies religion in Communist and former Communist countries.  He chairs the Advisory Board of the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Anna Reid

Anna Reid is a journalist and historian. She worked as Kiev correspondent for The Economist and the Daily Telegraph from 1993-5, and later covered the country for the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 2002-6 she ran the think tank Policy Exchange's foreign affairs programme. She is the author of Borderland: Journey through the History of Ukraine (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, third edition 2015), The Shaman's Coat: a Native History of Siberia (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002), and Leningrad: Tragedy of a City under Siege, 1941-44 (Bloomsbury, 2011).


Igor Hordiyevych, Treasurer

Igor was born and grew up in Lviv, before coming to study at the University of Manchester in 1995. After graduation with BA (Hons) in Finance in 1998 Igor joined one of the leading banks in the City of London. Since that time Igor has accumulated over 18 years of financial experience, including in senior management roles in banks and investment companies. At present Igor is a CEO of a fund management company. In 2006 Igor co-founded a Ukrainian focused charity in London, where he served as a Trustee until 2015. 


Orysia Lutsevych

Orysia Lutsevych is manager of the Ukraine Forum in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. The Ukraine Forum is a unique platform providing insight on internal Ukrainian dynamics in key policy areas. Annually the Forum hosts around 15 events to discuss progress and obstacles to reforms. Orysia’s research focuses on social change and the role of civil society in the democratic transition in the post-Soviet region. During the last two years she was researching Russian proxy groups and state-linked NGOs in the contested neighbourhood of the Eastern Partnership region.  She is author of the two Chatham House Briefing Papers: Agents of the Russian World: Proxy Groups in the Contested Neighbourhood (2016) and How to Finish a Revolution: Civil Society and Democracy in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (2013). She also provides consultancy services on programme development and evaluation, citizen engagement and high-impact strategies, and has evaluated programmes for the European Endowment for Democracy, USAID, the PACT Foundation and the Open Society Foundations. Her media work includes contributions to the BBC, CNN, the Financial Times, the New York Times and openDemocracy. Before joining Chatham House, she led the start-up of Europe House Georgia and was executive director of the Open Ukraine Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in international relations from Lviv State University and a Master’s in public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ursula Woolley

Ursula was Project Manager (Kyiv) and then Assistant Director of the British Council in Ukraine (1991-95), where she organised the opening of the first British Council offices in Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa. She was First Secretary (British Council) at the British Embassy in Moscow (1996-2000); Deputy Policy Director for East and South-East Europe at the British Council (2004-2006); Deputy Leader of Islington Council (Liberal Democrat) (2008-2010); and Director of Pushkin House (2012-2016). She is currently conducting postgraduate research supervised by Andrew Wilson at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL, where she is also a member of the Advisory Board.


Taras Dobko, PhD

Taras is is Senior Vice-Rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University; he is also Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy. He holds an M.S. in Theoretical Mechanics from the Lviv National University, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, Lviv, Ukraine. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The title of his doctoral dissertation reads: Happiness of the Human Person. A Phenomenological Study of the Disclosure of the Human Person in Happiness. His research interests encompass phenomenology; personalism in ethics; secularization in post-modern culture; philosophy of religion. He has 18 years of administrative and teaching experience in higher education, including international experience in cooperation projects all over Europe and North America. Since 2015, he is a member of the National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) in Ukraine. He is an expert in issues of quality assurance in higher education, academic culture and its role for advancing the management of the university.

Olha Zarichynska

Olha has 17 years of professional experience in coordination and implementation of projects aimed at the strengthening of civil society and promotion of youth leadership in Ukraine as well as in administrative and managerial work. She was co-founder and a Director (2003 - 2010) of the Center for Lay Leadership based in Lviv. Over 2007 – 2014, she had been a Deputy Director of the UCU Development Department and since 2014 she’s been holding the position of Director in charge of coordination of all fundraising events of UCU in Ukraine and abroad, as well as conducting negotiations with our Ukrainian and international donors and partners. She is currently doing her PhD studies in Government and Economy Studies (Ukrainian Free University, DE). She has got her MSc in Public Administration at The Catholic University in Lublin (Poland).  In 2015, Olha was running in local election for Lviv City Council.  She is active on a few Boards of NGOs in Ukraine and abroad.