Ukrainian Institute London: 2015-2020. Taking Stock and Moving Forward. 30 July 2020, 6pm BST
DATE & TIME: Thursday 30 July, 6pm BST
REGISTRATION: Register via Zoom here. This event will be held in English.
The Ukrainian Institute London invites its friends, supporters and audiences from the UK and abroad to join us to hear from Marina Pesenti, who has led the Institute from strength to strength over the past 5 years. She will present an overview of the most interesting achievements of the Institute and share her personal highlights and takeaways from her time as a director.
At this event, we will also be giving a warm welcome to Dr Olesya Khromeychuk who will be taking up the position of UIL Director after the summer, and who will share some of the plans she has for the Institute moving forward.
Over the past 5 years, the Ukrainian Institute London has grown fast and its public programme has been transformed: in 2015 the Institute was registered as a UK charity with a board of trustees and now has an executive team and growing numbers of long-standing and more recent volunteers and supporters. Since 2015, almost 100 events have been organised and thousands of guests joined for talks, book launches, fundraisers and larger projects such as the 2019 Ukrainian Film Days. The Institute has partnered with leading UK cultural and educational institutions such as the British Library, London School of Economics and the Jewish Museum, and hosted world-renowned Ukrainians such as Oksana Zabuzhko, Serhii Plokhii, Serhiy Zhadan and Oleg Sentsov.
Important: Unlike all of our previous online events, this time we'll be using the format of Zoom meeting, where all our guests will be able to turn on their cameras and join the conversation if they wish to do so (during the Q&A session). We also invite you to wear a vyshyvanka (or come as you are if you don't have one!) and to have a glass of bubbly (or any beverage of your choice) at the ready to raise a toast to Marina and Olesya at the end of the event!
Marina Pesenti, Director of Ukrainian Institute London (2015-2020)
Olesya Khromeychuk, Director-designate of Ukrainian Institute London (from Sept 2020)
Ursula Woolley, Trustee, Ukrainian Institute London
Maria Montague, Assistant Director of Ukrainian Institute London
Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Marina Pesenti spent 10 years with the BBC World Service in London, producing and presenting programmes. She was a winner of BBC WS Documentary Bursary Award and produced documentaries for the English and Ukrainian desks. Marina gives regular interviews to the UK and Ukrainian media and has conducted research for think tanks, such as Chatham House, Legatum Institute and Kennan Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in September 2015, Marina was Director of Ukrainian Investment Summit in London with Adam Smith Conferences and freelanced for PR consultancy Bell Pottinger. She is a graduate of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and has an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Olesya Khromeychuk is a historian of 20th century East-Central Europe, specializing in Ukrainian history. She teaches at King’s College London, and has previously taught at the University of Cambridge, University College London and the University of East Anglia. She taught a special module at the Ukrainian Catholic University in 2019. She also runs a theatre company, Molodyi Teatr London, that stages documentary pieces exploring urgent social and political themes, including the war in Eastern Ukraine. Originally from Lviv, Olesya Khromeychuk moved to the UK in 2000, since when she has been actively engaged in the life of the Ukrainian community in London and beyond.
Ursula Woolley is a Trustee of the Ukrainian Institute London. 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 PhD 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.