Lisa Yasko



I am the first Ukrainian studying Master of Public Policy Candidate at Blavatnik School of Government. Born and raised in Independent Ukraine.  Hold BA and MA Degrees in Political Science from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Worked at Ukraine Crisis Media Center, where I dealt with providing objective information about Ukraine, reforming government and strategic communications at Presidential Administration of Ukraine and developing and implementing information campaigns.

In 2015 founded startup Kyiv Music Labs to promote Ukrainian music.

I am passionate about leadership, dignity, social responsibility, peace-building, creative economy and cultural diplomacy.

I believe that Ukraine is a unique country with unique people that have everything for building a country of their dreams.

I want to spread Ukrainian voice in Oxford. Within Oxford University Ukrainian Society I will do my best to make it come true.


Michel Ghassibe

I am originally from the Central Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, however, I have spent the last six years studying in the United Kingdom. My current affiliation is with St Antony’s College and the Department of Economics, where I am in my second year of the MPhil in Economics programme, primarily focusing on applied econometrics and macroeconomics. Prior to joining Oxford, I had completed my undergraduate studies at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

As Vice President of the Society I am planning to help sustain the relevance of the Ukrainian theme to the Oxford community, as well as construct a robust platform for the Society’s future operations.


Vera Kichanova

I have mixed Russian-Ukrainian origin. I grew up in Moscow and got a diploma in Journalism from Moscow State University. As a journalist, I worked for Novaya Gazeta, the Voice of America and In 2012, being part of the democratic movement, I was elected into the Municipal Council in my home district in Moscow.

In 2014, as a reporter I was covering the dramatic protests on Maidan Square, and it became clear to me that Ukraine is a place where history is being made. I soon moved to Kiev to work as Editor-in-chief at, an educational online media outlet focusing on post-Soviet countries. Currently, I am a Public Policy student at the Blavatnik School of Government.


Karyna Mishchanchuk

I am originally from a small town in Donetsk region (Eastern Ukraine). I have come to Oxford 5 years ago for the A-levels programme in d’Overbroeck’s college. Currently I am in the final year of my undergraduate degree at the University college doing Biomedical sciences course and working towards BA Neuroscience.


External Affairs Officer

Jaroslava Barbieri

I am half-Italian and half-Ukrainian. I am currently an MPhil candidate in European Politics at the University of Oxford and editor-in-chief of Politikon, the academic journal of the International Association of Political Science Students. Previously, I did an MSc in Political Theory at the LSE. I hold a BA in philosophy from “Sapienza” University of Rome and Sorbonne IV University of Paris.​

My research focus is on European foreign policy and enlargement, Russian foreign policy, and post-Soviet democratisation. In particular, I am interested in border conceptions and the role of cognitive biases and political communication in framing decision-makers’ geopolitical strategy in the post-Soviet space.

In the past, I did internships at the Parliament of Canada and Westminster.

As External Affairs Officer, I plan to strengthen the society’s links to its international network for the long-term, so that every new generation of Ukrainian students coming to Oxford can find a solid institution to engage with from the start. My aim is to cooperate with the executive board to make of the OUUS a hub of individual contacts and projects related to Ukraine that might be especially relevant for young people from Ukraine or interested in Ukrainian affairs starting their careers.

IT Officer/Webmaster

Olexii Melnyk





Committee Officer

Oleh Stupak

I originated from central  Ukraine. However, I am do not to commit myself to a particular place. I am Ukrainian in origin, but the whole world is my home. I have a major background in economics, holding two master's level degrees from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Recently I have started my Oxford DPhil programme, focusing on microeconomics, industrial organisation and interdisciplinary research methods.



May 16, 2017
Mikheil Saakashvili. National interests in the post-truth world

Date and time: 25 May 2017, 5:30 PM
Venue: Blavatnik School of Government
Admission free
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Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2013. As a result of Saakashvili’s reforms in Georgia, the rate of corruption in the country was drastically reduced and the business environment was improved significantly. In 2015, Mr Saakahsvili became the governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, a post he held until November 2016.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, and moderated by Yelyzaveta Yasko, current MPP student at the School and President of Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

The event is free and open to all. To attend, please register here.

May 9, 2017
Eurovision Party Fundraiser — London
Date and time: Saturday 13 May 2017, 18:30-0:30
Location: Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 154 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UH
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The Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London is inviting everyone for the live broadcast of the Eurovision Grand Final in Kyiv. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Diversity!’ It will be an unforgettable evening, full of music and dance as well as delicious authentic Ukrainian food. Additionally, there will be a chance to enjoy some beer and a BBQ in the garden. Each ticket includes a free drink and authentic Ukrainian snacks.

Places are limited and early booking is advisable. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards British-Ukrainian Aid’s humanitarian projects.
Apr 25, 2017
Gennadiy Afanasiev on His Road to Freedom

Date and time: 26 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM
Venue: Merton College, the Mure Room
Admission free
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The Trinity term has begun, and this week we will have an outstanding opportunity to meet Gennadiy Afanasiev, a Ukrainian human rights activist of Crimean origin who spent over 400 days in Russian prison. One month after the annexation of Crimea, Mr Afanasiev was arrested on the charge of 'terrorist activities' after participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a Russian penal colony. As a result of a high-profile prisoner exchange, he was released in 2016. We are delighted to welcome him to Oxford to tell us about his struggles, captivity and ongoing activism.

Feb 21, 2017
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Date and time: 23 Feb 2017, 8:30PM
Venue: Worcester College, Lecture Room B, OX1 2HB
Price: £1.50 (includes a glass of wine)
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International Film Society is showing one of Paradjanov’s masterpieces, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

Paradjanov, an Armenian director and one of the great cinematic geniuses of Soviet cinema, tells a simple Romeo-and-Juliette-like story set in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains. In Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, the simple tale of the unrequited love of Ivan and Marichka serves to revolutionise the art of story-telling in cinema, showing astonishing originality through the use of music, cinematography and camerawork. The film is a hypnotising whirlwind of colour and sound set against a background of folklore and traditional tales, which seems to come to us from another world.