Ivanna Bilych, Co-Founder, President
Ivanna holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, and an LLM from NYU School of Law. Additionally, she holds LLB and LLM degrees from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Ivanna served as legal counsel for Viktor Smalyy, a Ukrainian attorney, in the famed case against him by the previous Ukrainian government, as well as helped mobilize an advocacy campaign to bring awareness to his case. She has represented Razom, Inc. as legal counsel, and currently serves on the board of the Ukrainian-American Bar Association. Ivanna led two groups of international lawyers and scholars in co-authoring the following reports: “The Crisis in Ukraine: Its Legal Dimensions” (2014); and “Human Rights on Occupied territory: Case of Crimea” (2015), both released under the auspices of Razom, Inc. As a scholar, legal professional and activist, Ivanna organized numerous panels and round table discussions on international law surrounding the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
Svitlana Krasynska, Co-Founder, Vice President
Svitlana holds an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, where she is also currently in the process of obtaining a PhD in Leadership Studies, with Nonprofit and Philanthropic Management specialization. Her primary research focuses on nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups and civil society in Ukraine. Svitlana’s recent publications include “Contra Spem Spero: The third sector’s resilience in the face of political turbulence and legislative change in Ukraine” (2014) in Nonprofit Policy Forum; and “Digital Civil Society: Euromaidan, the Ukrainian Diaspora, and Social Media” (2015) in Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Analyses of a Civil Revolution, edited by D.R. Marples and F.V. Mills. Prior to her doctoral studies at USD, Svitlana had been involved with a multitude of local, national and international nonprofits, serving as volunteer, board member, executive director and management consultant.
Bohdan Pechenyak, Co-Founder, Secretary and Treasurer
Bohdan Pechenyak holds a BA in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice from Arcadia University, and Master’s degrees in Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) from Temple University. His multidisciplinary scholarly interests include social movements, social and cultural studies, public policy; historical issues related to liberalism, nationalism, and self-determination; democratization, reform, state- and nation-building efforts, and civil society development in Ukraine. During the 2013-14 Euromaidan, and subsequent crisis in Crimea and the East, he collaborated with several prominent Ukrainian Studies institutions in North America to compile a media list of experts working on Ukraine, along with a list of FAQs about the crisis. In 2015, he was invited as a guest lecturer to present on social movements in Ukraine and their impact on stability at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s “Ukraine Culture Seminar Series: Political Stability” in Washington, D.C.
Alisa Moldavanova, Co-Founder, Board Member
Alisa holds a PhD in Public Administration from The University of Kansas and a Candidate of Science degree in Psychology for her research on the psychological profile of a successful manager from The Institute of Psychology of the National Pedagogy Academy of Ukraine. She was born and raised in Odesa, Ukraine. Alisa is a faculty member at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Prior to arriving in the U.S., she worked for the Ukrainian national government and nonprofit organizations, including international development programs.
Matheus de Moura Sena, Co-Founder, Board Member
Matheus holds a law degree from the Law Faculty of Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil), and a post-graduate degree in Brazilian Tax Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil). Additionally, Matheus holds an LLM degree in International Taxation from New York University. Since 2010, Matheus has been a member of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), accumulating sound experience as Tax Attorney. Currently he is engaged in International Tax Advisory in Singapore. His research projects, “Specialized Conflict of Laws” (2008), and “Regulatory Environmental Taxation” (2010) were sponsored by Brazilian Government Agencies. Matheus has publications on Tax and International Law and noteworthy academic achievements. In addition to his Taxation expertise, he has an interest in International Law, especially in the right of secession, treaties law, right to self-determination and humanitarian law.