Svitlana Pyrkalo joins the Institute's Board of Trustees

Ukrainian Institute London is delighted that Svitlana Pyrkalo has joined our board of trustees. We warmly welcome Svitlana into our team and look forward to working together!

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Orysia Lutsevych who is now stepping down as a trustee after 5 years of being on the board. Orysia's support and creativity has greatly helped the Institute to grow over these years.


Svitlana Pyrkalo is a Ukrainian writer and a permanent panel member on the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year prize. During her 15-year career in print and broadcast journalism, Svitlana worked as a news journalist and radio presenter at the BBC Ukrainian Service in London, wrote regular columns for Ukrainsky Tyzhden, Gazeta po-Ukrainsky, Glavred, Stolichnaya Gazeta and other publications. In the early 2000s, she managed a TV show on 1+1 Channel in Ukraine, worked as deputy editor-in-chief of the first, and only, Ukrainian language fashion magazine, EVA. She started her career in the secretariat of Narodny Rukh Ukrainy, a national democratic political party.

Svitlana currently works in the field of international development. Her education spans linguistics, finance and international relations.