Past Committees

Committee 2016–2017


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.


Committee 2015–2016

Jaroslava Barbieri

President, 2015–2016

MPhil, European Politics

Hertford College


Olya Homonchuk

Vice-President, 2015–2016

MSc, Comparative Social Policy

St Anthony's College


Karyna Mischanchuk

Treasurer and Social Affairs Officer, 2015–2016

BA, Neuroscience

University College


Michel Ghassibe

Secretary and External Affairs Officer, 2015–2016

MPhil, Economics

St Antony's College


Anastasiya Prymovych

IT-Admin, 2015–2016


Lady Margaret Hall


Pavlo Smytsnyuk

Returning Officer, 2015–2016

DPhil, Theology

Campion Hall


Lena Seminog

Returning Officer, 2015–2016

DPhil, Population Health

St Cross College




Mar 20, 2019
Event Series: "Depicting Donbas: Creative and Critical Responses to the War in Ukraine".

Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Venue: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Date: Friday, 26 April 2019

Time: 10am - 4.45pm and 7pm - 9pm

Venue: Birkbeck School of Arts and Centre for Contemporary Theatre

The Birkbeck School of Arts and UCL SEES will host a series of three events over two days exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

Register here.

Feb 20, 2019
Marci Shore Talk: "The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution".

Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Deakin Room, St. Antony's College, Oxford, OX2 6JF.

Join us to hear Marci Shore discuss her newest book. Marci Shore is an Associate Professor of History at Yale University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Scienes in Vienna. She focuses on intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe, and is the author of several books and articles published in the New York Times, the Neworker, the Economist and others.

Jan 14, 2019
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Talk: 'Real Changes in Ukraine - a Must for a Successful Future'.

Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: the Atkee Suite, Porticullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster, SW1A 2LW

To attend RSVP to

The British Ukrainian Society is delighted to host a talk by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer and founder of Okean Elzy, social activist and philantropist, in which he will discuss the necessity of new leaders and a new political culture in Ukraine, the rule of law and justice.

Nov 4, 2018
Serhiy Zhadan: Ukraine's Enfant Terrible

Date: Monday, 12th November 2018

Time: 7pm - 8.15pm

Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Fee: £10

Book here

An evening with one of Ukraine's most iconic contemporary writers: poet, intellectual and ska ban frontman Serhiy Zhadan.

Chaired by Eastern Europe specialist Uilleam Blacker of University College London.

Organized by the British Library in partnership with Ukrainian Institute in London.