Marina Pesenti, Director
 
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 Legatum Institute in London and Kennan Institute in Kyiv. Her writing featured in OpenDemocracy and Ukrainian Novoye Vremya. Prior to joining the Institute in September 2015, Marina was Director of Ukrainian Investment Summit in London with Adam Smith Conferences and freelanced for Bell Pottinger, a UK-based PR consultancy. She is a graduate of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and has received her MSc from the London School of Economics.

Anna Morgan, Social Media Manager
 
Anna has a Master’s degree in Law from Kyiv’s National Taras Shevchenko University. Before moving to London in 2014, Anna worked for a number of international organisations in Kyiv. While in London, Anna helped developing a number of art projects with Dash Arts, involved into activities of the BEARR Trust, a UK charity providing support to NGOs in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), in particular its special Ukraine-focused project, the Ukraine Forum. She is also managing the Ukrainian community project – Ukrainian Events in London which aims to popularise Ukrainian culture in the UK.

Larysa Iarovenko, Project Manager 
 
Larysa has more than 10 years of progressively challenging experiences in media, project management, fundraising and marketing.  After obtaining her advanced degree in 2001, Larysa worked for over a decade at the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies as Ukrainian and European Program Manager and was involved in organizing lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences. Larysa obtained her BA in Journalism from the Kyiv Shevchenko State University and MA from the University of Toronto. While in Ukraine she worked as a journalist and anchor at Ukrainian National and Private TV Channels.