Alyona GetmanchukDirector of the New Europe Center, is an experienced Ukrainian think tank manager and foreign policy analyst. Her previous achievements include her engagement with the Institute of World Policy, where she served as a co-founder and director for 8 years. Since 2016 she is a member of Ukraine-Poland Presidential Advisory Committee.

Her journalistic experience covers almost 15 years of work as international policy observer and editor. She is an author of  numerous articles in Ukrainian and foreign media outlets (including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Gazeta Wyborcza, Moscow Times), and interviews, including the first and the only in the moment interview of US president given to a Ukrainian journalist. Alyona is a contributor to Kyiv’s influential Mirror Weekly newspaper for more than 15 years. She also keeps a blog at the most popular Ukrainian web-site “Ukrainska Pravda” which used to be entitled “Euroatlanticist diary”.

In June 2017, she received a state award from Ukraine’s President Poroshenko for her input in Ukraine’s European integration process.

Research interests: perception of Ukraine in the EU, regional security, Euro-Atlantic integration, Ukraine’s relations with Poland, the USA and Germany.

Sergiy SolodkyyFirst Deputy Director of the New Europe Center, is an expert in foreign policy, international relations, and security. Previously, he worked at the Institute of World Policy (2010-2017). Solodkyy graduated from the Westminster University majoring in International Relations and also from the Institute of Journalism of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Since 1999 he has served as an editor of international news desks at the leading Ukrainian newspapers “The Day”, “Gazeta 24”, and “Glavred”.

His comments and interviews are regularly published in the Ukrainian and foreign media. Solodkyy participated in writing of a number of policy papers and studies on foreign policy issues and regional security.

Research interests: security policy, European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, Minsk agreements, Ukraine’s relations with Russia, Germany, Romania and the UK.

Leonid LitraSenior Research Fellow at the New Europe Center, previously worked at the Institute World Policy (2012-2017). He also served as Deputy Director at the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives “Viitorul” in Chisinau (Moldova) where he is now an Associate Fellow. In 2011, he was part of the expert team carrying out the Strategic Conflict Assessment of the Transnistrian conflict for the European Commission.

Leonid has co-authored many publications on democratization of the post-Soviet area, European integration and frozen conflicts. He is also part of the core team for preparing the “European Integration Index for Eastern Partnership Countries” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), the Visa Liberalization Index of the Eastern Partnership Countries and a regular reviewer of the Nations in Transit Report on Moldova of the Freedom House and contributor to the Bertelsmann Transformation Index and to the researches for the EU institutions, such as the European Parliament.

Leonid was a Carnegie Research Fellow at Yale University and holds a master’s degree from the European Institute of High International Studies in Nice (France) in International Relations and European Studies.

Research interests: democratization in post-Soviet space, European integration, “frozen conflicts”, Eastern Partnership, Ukraine’s relations with Moldova, Romania, and France.

Tetiana Levoniuk, Research Fellow at the New Europe Center. Due to the competition “Internship of students of higher educational institutions on the basis of think tanks”, took an internship at the New Europe Center (April-September 2018). Bachelor of International Relations, Belarusian State University, finished Master’s program “Foreign Policy” of the Institute of International Relations (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv). During studies she participated in many seminars, trainings and educational projects, has an experience in social activities. Speaks English and French, studies Spanish and Croatian.

Research interests: European integration, EU-Ukraine relations, Western Balkans, Ukraine’s relations with the Visegrad 4 (Slovakia, Czech Republic).

Anna Medvedeva, Research Fellow at the New Europe Center. She received a degree in Political Communications in Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked with embassies of Austria, the Netherlands and Germany as a political expert. She ran the Human Rights Fund at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Anna has experience of working in the non-governmental sector, most notably, in the Czech organization People in Need (human rights and anti-corruption programs) and in the international charitable foundation “IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives” (program development and communication policy).


Research interests: peacebuilding process in Donbass, European integration, Ukraine-EU relations, Ukraine-Britain relations.

Marianna Fakhurdinova, Research Fellow and Communications Manager at the New Europe Center. She holds an MA in European Studies, BA in International Relations and Translation (Ukrainian-English) from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Former intern of the Ukrainian Embassy in Berlin, graduate of the Guildhall School of International Journalism and NATO Professional Development Program “YOUNG UA”.

Young European Ambassador, co-organizer of the Youth mentorship program “14:35” (initiative of the Ukrainian Youth Delegates to the UN), organizer of theatrical performances “Pygmalion” and “The Mousetrap” at the Institute of International Relations.

Research interests: security policy, Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine and Ukraine-NATO cooperation, EU security projects, Ukraine’s relations with Germany.

Anastasiia Shtanieva, organizational development manager at the New Europe Center. From 2015 till 2017 Anastasiia worked as project’s coordinator on enhancing mediation and dialogue facilitation at the National Association of Mediators of Ukraine. She has extensive donor relations experience. As Assistant to Eastern Europe SCORE Specialist Anastasiia analysed and presented the SCORE Index results. She was an intern at the Parliament of Ukraine, drafted and advocated bills. She holds a Bachelor degree in Law and Master degree in Political Science from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, she studied German and European Studies at Friedrich Schiller Jena University (Germany). Anastasiia is a certified mediator and facilitator, trainer, expert on conflicts in organisations. She speaks English, German and French.

Kateryna Zarembo, Associated Fellow, the New Europe Center. She teaches at the Master’s Degree Program “German and European Studies” at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. From 2010 to 2017 worked at the Institute of World Politics; she was a Deputy Director at the New Europe Center in 2017-2019.

She got her Ph.D. from the National Institute for Strategic Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine), holds an MA in European Studies from the University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) and an MA in English and Italian Languages at the National Taras Shevchenko University (Kyiv, Ukraine). In 2010-2011 she was a Fellow of the Open Society Institute.

Research interests: EU-Ukraine political dialogue, the security sector reform, the security mission of the European Union, Ukraine’s relations with Poland, Italy, and Israel, the settlement of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Robert Khorolskyy, Associated Fellow, the New Europe Center. He got his Ph.D. in law from Yaroslav the Wise National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) in 2001, where he later taught public international law and European Union law.

After studying European law at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), he worked as a legal expert at the Ukrainian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre (UEPLAC – Phase V) in 2009-2012, providing advice to the Ukrainian authorities in relation to the state policy in the field of European integration.

Afterwards, Robert has been collaborating with various law firms and research organisations, providing consultancy services on a wide range of issues in Ukrainian, European and international law.

Research interests: legal and institutional aspects of Ukraine’s European integration policy, Ukraine-EU association relations, approximation of Ukrainian legislation to EU law.