Anastasiya Kozlovtseva, Kropyvnytskyi
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” Matthew 7:12
Nastia Kozlovtseva has gained her BA degree in Lithuanian LCC International University, Management and Business Administration Faculty. She took part in summer schools where she studied political and economic systems in Czech Republic and leadership in Macedonia. Today Nastia works for an international NGO Transparency International Ukraine where she coordinates projects, related to open governance, cooperation with international partners and donor organizations. Nastia entered MPA program in order to understand how public institutions work and what needs to be done in order to make them serve ordinary Ukrainians.
Roman Lozynskyj, Lviv
“Went to catch up without hope to keep up. But braves always have a happiness” – Ivan Bahrianyi
More than 15 years Roman is a member of the National Scout Organization “Plast”. Exactly NGO formed his desire to change Ukraine. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, he started to study public administration in Ukrainian Catholic University. Roman works as an delegate’s assistant of the Lviv City Council and also he is deputy chairman of the local organization of the Ukrainian Galician Party (a local party). For him work in the public sector means serving people and his country, and school in Ukrainian Catholic University is an opportunity to get the necessary skills to work effectively.
Oleksii has been developing his own commercial projects since he was 16 and also takes part in political and social life of his city. In 2016 he received his Bachelor degree in finance in Kyiv-Mohyla academy, he also received a certificate of merit in Public Value, Politics and Public Management in European Union in Bucharest University of Economic Studies in 2016.Now he is in charge of his own socio-educational project that is aimed to provide project management skills to citizens of small towns of Ukraine.
Utram bibis? Aquam an undam?
What are you drinking? Water or wave?
My specialty is Scientific and Technical Translation, Master`s degree of Kyiv National Technical University “KPI”. For the first time I demonstrated my active existential position being a first-grade in 2004 when I participated in the Orange Revolution, failure of which taught me not to rely the responsibility of changing the country solely on politicians. I started my real active social life during the Revolution of Dignity, to participate in which I took a decision to quit my career in UAE, where I`ve been working for more then a year when it all started, understanding that the life of my country is at stake. After the Yanukovych clique fled I started my NGO and lead socially active life. After Russians trapped and killed hundreds of our soldiers in the Illovaysk kill zone I stopped waiting for the regular military draft and volunteered to the “Donbas” volunteer battalion. In its ranks I held the positions in Luhansk region, for 6 months I participated in the campaign in the Shyrokyne village as a grenade launcher and, after attending Patriot Defense tactical medic courses, I also conducted the duties of a paramedic due to the lack of a rank and file in our battalion. During our staying in Mariupol together with active guys from our battalion we attended the local schools explaining children how to take a cover during shellings and how to give a first aid to the wounded, we also patroned several orphanages helping and bringing volunteer aid to the kids. When I returned back to my civil life I attended philologist summer school in Ostroh, Rivne region, then I applied to the Ukrainian Catholic University for the Public Administration Program. I have chosen this program to acquire knowledge and experience which will help me to change my country for the better by making worthy deeds.
Daria Siedykh, Kharkiv
“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela
Co-founder SHEREKH: Global Ukrainian Hub, CEO LLC Telesens Academy – tutoring QA specialist courses, Project manager “Model district” in Member of Parliament Olena Sotnyk team. Daria has occupied leading roles and positions since being a student at Yaroslav the Wise National Law University. She has been coordinating educational projects in Legal Clinic, was a Head of Kharkiv branch of UBA’ Students League and a member of the Board.
She worked with marketing in legal business, has taken a manager’s role in public organizations and political campaigns. At this point, Daria’s activity focuses on Kharkiv. She leads several projects related to the development of the city: building a startup ecosystem, culture promotion, education, social entrepreneurship and social activism of young people. Daria is a volunteer in the media project “Sector.media” and 3C [triple C]: Community Conscious Communication. The main purpose for entering the Ukrainian Catholic University MPA Program was to systematize knowledge, to achieve strategic thinking skills and Change Management. Daria doesn’t want to occupy positions in the existing government, however, she has an ambition to change the system and build a new one.
Sergij Soltys, Lviv
Waking up in the morning, ask yourself: “What should I do?” The evening before sleep: “What have I done?” – Pythagoras
Lviv city counsil, Head of bureau of condominiums support, resource centre for condominiums development Head of bureau of condominiums support, resource centre for condominiums developmen of the Department of Housing and Infrastructure. Sergij develops strategies and implements them to reform the housing system in Lviv. He has an active social position. Mr. Soltys implemented more than 50 projects in different aeries for society development in the period of 2005-2015. He has experience being on management positions in local, regional and international youth organizations. Sergij studied at National University “Lviv Polytechnic” and obtained the degree of Master of International economy and custom business (2010). Also he graduated the first stage of gestalt therapy educational programme in Moscow Gestalt Institute in 2015. The main purpose for entering the program is to form a real strategy and its implementation steps for the development of civil society by means of reforming the housing system in Ukraine.
Denis actively combines both constant personal growth and active public activity. So, it is already 3 years that Denis is actively engaged in the public sector projects with a focus on reforming the defense and security sector of Ukraine. Denis is an Executive Director of the Ukrainian National Volunteers Association since 2016. He worked as the Head of Attestation Commission at the central apparatus of National Police of Ukraine in Kiev and regions in 2015-2016. In 2014-2015 Denis actively collaborated with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on recruitment and introduction of the best practices and methodology of senior executive staff selection for subsidiaries as well as for central office project positions; he was also engaged in Procurement Department reorganization. Earlier, Denis also took the Consultant positions at the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to EU standards (under Natsderzhsluzhbi) and the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.
Roman Bakhovskyy, Lviv
“There are no great deeds without great obstacles.” – Voltaire
Roman holds the position of Deputy HR Director at the Main Department of the MIA of Ukraine in Lviv region. He is a citizen of Lviv, member of Plast (Ukrainian Scout Organization), and athlete. Roman holds two HE degrees – in Law and in Physical Education, and is a graduate of the Good Governance program at Lviv Business School of UCU. He is also a finalist of the TOYP 2015 Award in the category “Peace and Human Rights”.
His activities are centered around transforming the existing post-Soviet state management system into a modern, civilized, rational, and efficient one, capable of handling corruption and government waste.
Roman seeks to integrate individual projects into global processes of change, to know how to push projects through the resistance of the system and what tools to use to find ‘agents of change’ in the public sector, to improve his knowledge of negotiation strategies as well as general understanding of political processes and propaganda.
Anna Sabara, Lviv
“I can achieve whatever I want. What I don’t want – I don’t need.”
Anna has been motivated by a deep desire to implement qualitative changes in society since school, that’s why she was heavily engaged in student self-governance. Later she graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with a degree in Political Science. She was an active member of Plast (Ukrainian Scout Organization) for 7 years. She believes that major issues in the existing state management system include lack of skills within management entities and their inability to adapt to today’s reality and meet societal needs. Her activities are aimed at building a brand new effective public management system.
Iurii Znak, Lviv
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
Iurii completed an MBA program in Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona) and is now working on his own project in his specialty area. In Ukraine, he graduated from Lviv Institute of Banking (major – Finance and Crediting) and worked as a junior specialist at Idea Bank. He also has some experience of working for international companies as Project Manager, Growth Hacker, and Business Developer. Iurii is engaged in social activism (TerraNova – European Initiative NGO). He enrolled in the MPA Program to gain management skills required for the initiation and successful implementation of social projects in the area of regional development, e-governance, and simplification of doing business as this is what he wants to do in the future.
Ivanka Havrylko, Lviv
“You may encounter numerous obstacles, but never give up!”
Ivanka holds a Master’s Degree in Ecology from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Department of Geology, and a postgraduate degree in Mineralogy/ Geochemistry from the same university. She has been an active member of Plast (Ukrainian Scout Organization) for 12 years.
Upon successful completion of the Good Governance program, she started working as Head of Energy Management in the Lviv City Council where she coordinates the implementation of several citywide programs in energy management. She heard about the Master of Public Administration Program while studying in the Good Governance program and has been dreaming of joining it ever since. Ivanka is never content with what she has achieved and always moves forward.
Lyubomyr Tytarenko, Lviv
“Everything happens in its own time, but we decide when this time comes.”
Lyubomyr volunteered as a judicial assistant at the Lviv Appellate Administrative Court. He wants to change the country and help it discard the Soviet legacy. Following graduation from the UCU’s School of Public Management, Lyubomyr hopes to apply his new knowledge and skills in real life.
Anastasiya Vorobyovska, Kyiv
“The impossible takes a little longer.”
Anastasiya`s active social life started back at university where she was a member of the Student Parliament. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, instead of following the classical path and getting a Master’s degree, Anastasiya decided to start working. Over the last two years, she has been part of the team of the International Center for Policy Studies, a Ukrainian analytical center. According to Anastasiya, her main achievement is engagement in the project “Initiating National Dialogue in Ukraine”.
Anastasiya hopes that MPA studies will help her better understand what to change in Ukraine and how to do it.
Galyna Grechyn, Lviv
“It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes.”
Galyna is Head of the Department of Information Policy and Public Communication at the Lviv Regional State Administration (regional government). Her background is in journalism. She was motivated to enroll in the MPA Program by a desire to prove that quite a few of the current public managers are willing to work for change and use new approaches to management. Galyna strives to translate the knowledge gained in the area of public administration intro regional reforms. Her area of interest is communication between the state and society, in particular regarding reforms.
Mateusz Bialas, Kyiv
“If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”
Mateusz holds a BA in International Relations (2009), BA in Ukrainian Studies (2010), MA in International Relations (major – Strategic Studies, 2012), and a post-graduate degree in Gas Transportation and Power Systems (2010). In 2013, he earned his second MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University. As an exchange student, Mateusz studied at the University of Birmingham and the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. He has participated in numerous seminars, workshops, and summer schools devoted to CEE issues. Mateusz has over 6 years of experience in NGOs. He was an intern in many public administration institutions at different levels both in Poland and abroad, including Ukraine. He also worked for the Commissioner’s Cabinet in the European Commission. Currently Mateusz works in the EU Delegation to Ukraine. He wants to stay and live in Ukraine. Why MPA? – For better understanding of the world and Ukraine.
Taras Kovalyk, Ternopil
Taras has always been interested in development projects. While in school, he served as Chair of the Student Parliament in Ternopil for two years and remained actively engaged in student self-governance until the end of his university studies. He has been an active member of Plast (Ukrainian Scout Organization) since the age of fourteen.
Taras took an active part in the Revolution of Dignity as one of the Maidan Self-Defense leaders. Later he joined a volunteer battalion in Eastern Ukraine in order to defend our country in these critical times.
He wants to become an educated and effective government employee to change the system from the inside.
Yaroslav Kotsyuba, Lviv
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Yaroslav earned his Master’s Degree in Law from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
He is Head of TerraNova – European Initiative NGO. He deals with decentralization of power, e-governance, as well as development of education, youth, and sports. Yaroslav is engaged in comprehensive development of communities and neighborhoods. He launched several startups of his own. Why MPA? – To obtain the very best practical knowledge in the field of public administration. He strives to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the tough conditions of the public and community sectors. Yaroslav is interested in how to implement reforms and establish positive political processes.
Taras Khavunka, Lviv
“Of all losses the loss of time is the worst one.” – Hryhorii Skovoroda
Taras graduated from the Law Department of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. During his university studies, he did internships in several departments of the Lviv City Council, as well as in a consulting company and a law firm as a legal consultant and assistant attorney. Taras is heavily engaged in social activism. He was motivated to enroll in the MPA Program by a desire to radically change the system of power at all levels based on his personal vision, sober thinking, and inherent love for his motherland. He is convinced that the MPA Program will equip him with all the knowledge and tools required for the implementation of his ideas/ plans.
Daryna Zarzhytska, Lviv
“Today will never happen again.”
Daryna works as an assistant to the Head of the IRF regional office in Western Ukraine.
“I don’t like it when others decide for me how to live and what to do. I want to create a better future for others and myself. I do believe that the MPA Program of the UCU’s School of Public Management will help me gain the skills and capabilities required for implementing genuine change.”
Vitalii Varbanets, Odessa
“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”
Vitalii is the co-founder of IT-Cluster Odessa. He enrolled in the MPA Program because he thinks that his generation has a unique opportunity to make Ukraine a truly free and democratic country. “To achieve this, we need many things, in particular better public administrators. My goal is to become one.”
Oksana Motyka, Truskavets
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Oksana graduated from St. George’s, University of London. After living in London for 13 years, Oksana and her family returned to Ukraine in the summer of 2014. Since then she completed the Good Governance program and a course in Political Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Oksana is currently volunteering as an English teacher in her native town of Truskavets and is Head of the local organization of the Power of People Party. For her, the MPA Program is a perfect place where like-minded people come together to learn, share, and achieve.