Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and the Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, a program which examines political and economic transitions. She is the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. Since 1989, her writing has frequently focused on the politics of post-communist transition in Russia and Europe, but she also writes extensively about British, American and European politics. Anne is a former member of the Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of the Spectator magazine, and a former Warsaw correspondent of The Economist. She has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and has lectured at many other universities, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Zurich and Heidelberg.


Bishop Borys Gudziak is the President of the Ukrainian Catholic University with which the Ukrainian Institute in London is afficiated. Dr. Borys Gudziak as Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France. Fr. Borys Gudziak was born in Syracuse, New York (USA) in 1960 and was ordained a priest in 1998. He received his doctorate in Byzantine and Slavic studies from Harvard University and is the author of numerous academic works.



Yaroslav Hrytsak is Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of department of Modern history of Ukraine  of Humanities faculty  of Ukrainian Catholic University, Professor Honoris Causa of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Yaroslav Hrytsak is one of Ukraine's leading intellectuals. He is an author of many books and articles, including Essays in Ukrainian History: Making of Modern Ukrainian Nation (Kyiv, 1996, in Ukrainian), History of Ukraine, 1772-1999: Birth of a New Nation (Lublin, 2000, in Polish), Prophet in His Fatherland: Ivan Franko and His Community, Kyiv, 2006, Passions over Bandera: Articles and Essays, Kyiv, 2010.


Natalie A. Jaresko has enjoyed a distinguished international career in public service and private industry. As Ukraine’s Finance Minister (2014-16) she led the successful negotiation of the largest IMF program in the institution’s history, as well as a complex debt restructuring and advanced tax reform resulting in an almost 50% reduction in payroll tax. Previously, she spent two decades working as Horizon Capital co-founder and CEO, a fund with over $600 million under management and as Western NIS Enterprise Fund President and CEO, creating a platform for private equity investment in the region. She began her career in public service in the United States, serving in the State Department from 1989-92, then as Economic Section Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine from 1992-95.  She is a non-resident Distinguished Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems.