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 and legal professional, Ivanna organized numerous panels and round table discussions on international law surrounding the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
Svitlana Krasynska, Co-Founder, Vice President and Secretary
Svitlana holds PhD in Leadership Studies, specializing in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership, from the University of San Diego (USD). Her primary research focuses on nonprofit organizations, grassroots groups and civil society in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and the U.S. Svitlana’s recent publications include “The Formality of Informal Civil Society: Ukraine’s Euromaidan” (2017) in VOLUNTAS International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations; 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 obtaining her PhD, Svitlana had been involved with a multitude of local, national and international nonprofits, serving as volunteer, board member, executive director and management consultant.
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), and since 2017 a member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OAP), accumulating sound experience as Tax Attorney. Currently he is engaged in International Tax Advisory and Compliance 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.
Alisa Moldavanova, Co-Founder, Board Member
Alisa holds PhD in Public Administration from The University of Kansas’s School of Public Affairs and Administration 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. Alisa is a faculty member in the Political Science Department 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. Her co-edited volume (with Svitlana Krasynska and David Horton Smith), The Nonprofit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia: Civil Society Advances and Challenges, is forthcoming by Brill Publishers in 2018.
Maryna Pryhodko, Treasurer
Maryna holds a BA in Global Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Politics, Rights, and Development from NYU, where she is currently an MA candidate in International Relations at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Maryna is the UN Representative of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, through which she is also the Program Assistant for the Women’s Peace Dialogue Platform. Maryna is the founder and president of the NYU Ukrainian Students Society and board member of the NYU International Relations and Politics Society. Her most recent publication includes “Budapest memorandum: non-proliferation diplomacy twenty years later” in EuromaidanPress, in addition to her earlier articles in NYU Local, the NYU Journal of Politics and International Affairs, Washington Square News, and the Berlin-based creative journal AbendBrot.