Our team

Our team

Viktor Shlinchak

Viktor Shlinchak, is the founder and the head of the board of the Institute of World Policy, one of the leading Ukrainian think-tanks. His area of expertise includes the analysis of domestic and foreign policy processes as well as studying the international best practices of governance, anti-corruption legislation and foreign policy. Mr Shlinchak has political journalism background with 20 years of experience. He also used to work as a foreign correspondent in the hot spots of the Balkans and Israel. As a media manager, Mr Shlinchak ran one of Ukraine's biggest information holdings "Glavred-media" (2005-2010). Since 2010 he is the co-owner and head of the "Glavcom" information agency.

Alyona Getmanchuk

Alyona Getmanchuk, Director of the Institute of World Policy, is an experienced NGO manager and foreign policy analyst. In 2009 she co-founded Institute of World Policy think-tank. Her previous achievements include her engagement with Glavred media-group, where she served as editor-in-chief for four years. Her journalistic experience includes almost 15 years as international policy observer and editor. Her work includes numerous published articles (including in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Gazeta Wyborcza, Kyiv Post, Moscow Times), policy papers, and interviews, including the first interview of an American president given to a Ukrainian journalist. Alyona is an author of Kyiv’s influential Mirror Weekly newspaper for more than 10 years. She also keeps a blog at the most popular Ukrainian web-site “Ukrainska Pravda” which is entitled “Euroatlanticist diary”. She participated in the writing of the analytical papers "A Call for the EU — Time to Step in " (2014), "Ukraine: Diagnostics of the National (in)Security" (2013), " How to Get Rid of Post-Sovietness" (2012), "Soft Power of Ukraine in the Region" (2011),"A New Foreign policy for Ukraine" (2010), “The reform of the peacekeeping mission in Transnistria: a premise for conflict settlement” (2014) and others.

Sergiy Solodkyy

Sergiy Solodkyy, First Deputy Director of the Institute of World Policy, is an expert in foreign policy, international relations and security. He has been working at the Institute of World Politics since its inception. He 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 interview are regularly published in the Ukrainian and foreign media. Sergiy participated in the writing of the analytical papers "A Call for the EU — Time to Step in " (2014), "Ukraine: Diagnostics of the National (in)Security" (2013), " How to Get Rid of Post-Sovietness" (2012), "Soft Power of Ukraine in the Region" (2011),"A New Foreign policy for Ukraine" (2010) and others.

Kateryna Zarembo

Kateryna Zarembo, Deputy Director of the Institute of World Policy, is an expert in international relations and Ukraine’s foreign policy. She started her career at the International Centre for Policy Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine) as a Foreign Policy program expert. She is also an OSI/LGI fellow and a visiting scholar to FRIDE (Madrid-based think-tank). She regularly contributes articles and op-eds to the popular Ukrainian media. Kateryna holds an MA in English Linguistics from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (Kyiv, Ukraine) and an MA in European Studies from University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland). She speaks fluent English, Spanish and Italian alongside her native Ukrainian and Russian.

Leonid Litra, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of World Policy, previously 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. Leonid was a Carnegie Research Fellow at Yale University and holds a master degree from the European Institute of High International Studies in Nice (France) in International Relations and European Studies.

Daria Gaidai , Communications Manager and Research Fellow at the Institute of World Policy. She holds MA and BA in History from National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and has also obtained a Minor in Political Science. Daria is a graduate of a Prometheus Program in Transition Studies at EuroCollege in Tartu and Interdisciplinary Individual Humanitarian Studies Program (IIHS) at the University of Warsaw. She started her professional career as an intern at the Ministry of Regional Development, completing the Program of Internship in the Ukrainian Parliament and Highest Executive Bodies. From 2011-2013, Daria had worked as a news editor and foreign affairs columnist. Since joining IWP team in 2013, Daria has been doing research on the Eastern Partnership, Ukraine's foreign policy, and conflict resolution. She took part in implementation of a number of projects, aimed at explaining the advantages of the European integration, promoting pro-European reforms in Ukraine, and raising the awareness of the EU citizens on Ukraine. Daria is an author of a number of policy briefs and studies, including "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Austria", "Foreign Policy Audit: Ukraine-Georgia", "Conflict Settlement Practices around the World. Lessons for Ukraine" (in co-authorship), "Ukraine-Russia: Scenarios for the Development of Bilateral Relations" (in co-authorship) and other.

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