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Anatoliy Babinskyi

Anatoliy Babinskyi

Anatoliy Babynskyi has a PhD in Theology. He is senior research fellow at the Institute of Church history UCU, author of the “History of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 90 mins”. Professor Babynskyi’s academic interests are the history of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in diaspora and inter-Church relations.

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren is former director of Oxfam Novib Netherlands and Greenpeace Netherlands. She is civil society organizer with an impressive international track record on women’s rights en gay and lesbian rights. She studied pedagogy and comparative religion.

Taras Dobko

Taras Dobko is associate professor of philosophy and senior vice-rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Taras Dobko has been part of the Consortium of Ukrainian Universities, promoting university autonomy for the development of civil society.

Oksana Dovgopolova

Dr. Oksana Dovgopolova is a professor of philosophy at the Odesa I. Mechnikov National University and curator of the platform for memory culture “Past/Future/Art”. She is member of the Memory Studies Association, the Post-Socialist and Comparative Memory Studies Association, and the International Association for the Humanities. Oksana Dovgopolova is author of the book Other, Alien, Rejected as the Elements of Social Space («Другое, Чужое, Отторгаемое как элементы социального пространства») (Odessa, 2007).

Michiel Driebergen

Michiel Driebergen is a Dutch writer and a journalist. Het reports for radio, newspapers and magazines, like NOS, Trouw, Volkskrant and VPRO. This week Michiel was in Dnipro and now he’s covering the war from Lviv. Michiel Drieberger has a long history of writing on Ukraine. From the cities of Krakow and Lviv he has special interest in the return of Central Europa. Het published together with others The Jews of Lemberg and Lviv, City of Paradoxes.

Alexander Etkind

Alexander Etkind is a Mikhael M. Bakhtin Professor of History of Russia-Europe relations at the European University Institute (Florence). He is fellow of the European Institute for International Law and International Relations (Paris).He is author of several important books on Russia, internal colonization, the gulag and mourning. Among themsubject: Internal Colonization (2011) and Warped Mourning (2013).

Frans Geraedts

Frans Geraedts is philosopher and member of the board of the Foundation for Justice, Integrity and Anti-Corruption and partner in Governance & Integrity International. For fifteen years he is working on anti-corruption and integrity of government in Ukraine, most of the time in Lviv. During these years, especially since Maidan, he became involved in supporting democratic developments in Ukraine. He works, among others, with the Dutch government, NGO’s, police and armed forces on moral and integrity issues.

Vittorio Hösle

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Yaroslav Hrytsak

Yaroslav Hrytsak is Doctor of Historical Sciences and professor at the Ukraine Catholic University. Professor Hrytsak published recently a global history of Ukraine.

Fred van Iersel

Fred van Iersel was, until his emiritate, honorary professor of spiritual care in the armed forces at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology and is former general secretary of Pax Christi Nederland. He was in charge of the Department of Defense, Ethics and Armed Forces Office. Professor Van Iersel published The Future of the Just War Theory (2019) and on Christianity and non-violence.
Oksana Kis

Oksana Kis

Oksana Kis is a historian and feminist anthropologist. She is senior research fellow of the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Lviv), visiting professor at the Ukraine Catholic University and president of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History. In 2020 she published Survival as Victory. Ukrainian Women in the Gulag.

Harry Kunneman

Harry Kunneman is emiritus professor of social philosophy and former rector of the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht. The life’s work of Harry Kunneman is developing a critical philosophy, which helps to diagnose existential, moral and social shortcomings of the late modern, neoliberal society. A social philosophy which invites to less destructive and more promising dealings with the self and the world.

Dmytro Lytvynenko

Dmytro Lytvynenko is an Ukrainian TV journalist with 25 years of experience. He was born in the Donetsk Region and graduated from the Russian Rostov on Don University on Russian literature and journalism.

Alena Muravska

Alena Muravska, born and raised in Ukraine, has been living in the Nethelands for 20 years. Alena is of mixed Ukrainian-Tatar descent. She consciously experienced the aftermath of the Soviet regime and the first years of Ukrainian independence. In 2014, Alena initiated an Ukrainian literary club, where discussions and meetings with Ukrainian writers take place. Since Februari 2022, Alena has been speaking about Ukraine, Ukrainian culture and relations with Russia on various discussion platforms in the Netherlands (De Rode Hoed, de Balie), stimulating a direct dialogue between the Netherlands and Ukraine.

Elena Oranskaia

Elena Oranskaia is a philologist and studied Slavic Languages ​​at Shevchenko University. She lives in the Netherlands for 29 years and is founder of the Art-East+Art-West Foundation. She is an organizer and curator of projects that perform Ukrainian design in Europe, including Ukraine: Affair with Earth in Eindhoven.

Bogdan Pankevych

Bogdan Pankevych devoted his life to a free, sovereign and independent Ukrainian nation. He took his first steps on his calling when Ukraine was still a member of the Soviet Union. Mr. Pankevych was honorary consul of the Netherlands in Lviv. His is also prominent politician of the Ukrainian Galician Party.

Valeriy Pekar

Valeriy Pekar is a Ukrainian entrepreneur and public activist, professor of Kyiv Mohyla Business School, co-founder of the civil platform New Country, author of the book Colorful Management (2016). His most recent book (as publisher and co-author) is Українські основи / Ukrainian fundamentals (2022) dedicated to being Ukrainian and the future of Ukraine.

Hans Sakkers

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Christina Santore

Christina Santore (1966, Philadelphia, USA) is a writer and communications, editorial, publishing and cultural consultant and entrepreneur whose professional experience spans three decades, two continents, multiple sectors and various media. She spent the first half of her life in the US Ukrainian diaspora before moving to the Netherlands, where she also volunteers as a Ukrainian cultural and community advocate and activist within the Dutch Ukrainian diaspora. Christina is the founder of the Netherlands branch of Plast Ukrainian Scouting, and head of its European Coordination Centre, co-founder of Friends of Lviv Foundation, and initiator of Ukrainian cultural and awareness initiatives.

Vic Satzewich

Victor Stanzewick is Professor at the Department of Sociology at McMaster University in Ontario. He wrote an excellent book on our topic The Ukrainian Diaspora. He also published on racism and transnational practices in Canada.

Yuriy Shchurko

Yuriy Shchurko is Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of the Ukrainian Catholic University. He is also priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and biblical studies scholar.

Hubert Smeets

Hubert Smeets is a Dutch journalist and historian. He is one of the founders of the knowledge and analysis platform Raam op Rusland (Window on Russia). Hubert Smeets is a prominent commentator on the war in Ukraine. He worked for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. From 2003 to 2007 he was editor-in-chief of the Dutch opinion weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. In 2015 he published his book De wraak van Poetin (The revenge of Putin).

Myron Spolsky

Myron Spolsky is CEO of the World Plast Executive. He was born in Toronto and has been a member of Plast for 60 years. In 1977-1978 he was a vice-president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress; in 1980-1986 he headed the Commission of Development of the Ukrainian Community in Winnipeg; and in 1986-1987 he was a director of the Department of the Multiculturalism of the provincial government of Manitoba. In 1988 he moved to Ukraine, where he established one of the first pizzerias in Ukraine, Vesuvio Pizza. Mr. Spolsky has been a member of Plast Ukraine’s board of trustees and for the last three years was a member of the World Plast Executive.
Iryna Starovoyt

Iryna Starovoyt

Iryna Starovoyt is a poet, essayist, and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Born in Lviv she made her poetry debut with the book No Longer Limpid (1997). In 2017 her A Field of Foundlings was published in English by Lost Horse Press. Reading from A Field of Foundlings Iryna will explore with us the particular character of this new generation of Ukrainian poets and the questions of war, language and nationhood.

Mikael Storsjö

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Taras Timo

Taras Tymo is a Professor in theology at the Ukraine Catholic University in Lviv and an expert in Patristics. He is also an active organizer and fundraiser for 'Help to the Frontlines’ supporting soldiers at the front. Taras Tymo covered the first hundred days of the war on his Youtube channel on a daily basis. By that Taras provided a unique chronicle of the war, starting from day one.

Andreas Umland

Andreas Umland is poltical scientist studying contemporary Russian and Ukrainian history as well as regime transitions. He published among others on the post-Soviet extreme right, Ukranian and Russian nationalism and the Donbas and Crimea conflicts. He is Senior Expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future well as a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm. Andreas Umland also teaches as Associate Professor of Politics at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Tobias Wals

Tobias Wals studied Russian and Eastern European Studies in Amsterdam and Slavonics in Leuven. He learned Ukrainian in nine months in Kyiv, where he accidentally ended up on his way to Russia. He made his debut in Tirade in early 2016, published several opinion pieces and works as a writer and translator. Het published Kiev op de bodem van een glas (2017) and recently translated with others Serhiy Rudenko’s biography of Zelensky and Vorosjylovrad of Sergiy Zhadan. His Dutch translation of Zhadan’s The Orphanage will be published soon. Currently Tobias is working on his PhD at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History. His research concerns the German occupation of the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr and the mass murder of its Jewish inhabitants.

Mychailo Wynnyckyj

Mychailo Wynnyckyj is Associate Professor at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Sociology Dep’t and Business School). Until recently he served as Head of the Secretariat of Ukraine’s National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, and prior to that as Advisor to three of Ukraine’s Ministers of Education (2015-2019). Originally from Canada, Mychailo has lived permanently in Kyiv for almost two decades. He was awarded a PhD in 2004 from the University of Cambridge (U.K.), and gained Ukrainian citizenship in 2019. Mychailo is a regular commentator for English-language media outlets (CNN, FoxNews, AlJazeera, BBC, CBC, CTV, KyivPost, and others), and provides analysis on current events in his Thoughts from Kyiv blog. His book Ukraine’s Maidan, Russia’s War: A Chronicle and Analysis of the Revolution of Dignity was published in English in 2019, and in Ukrainian translation in 2021.

Olena Zakharova

Olena Zakharova is co-founder and executive director of the Centre of Public Initiatives "Ideas for Change”. She managed the implementation of the transnational project “Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas(s)”. She is former Director of the Foreign Policy Department of the International Centre for Policy Studies and was First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada.

Daryna Zarzhytska

Daryna Zarzhytska, president of the Educational Center of Human Rights in Lviv.

Heleen Zorgdrager

Heleen Zordrager teaches systematic theology and genderstudies at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam. She is a visiting professor to the Institute of Ecumenical Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Her current areas of research are theology, gender, sexuality and public theology from a feminist perspective, e.g. the Maidan and post-Maidan events in Ukraine.

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