OUSU Board

President - Andriy Tymoshenko

My vision of the future of the Society is that it should continue to unite the alumni of Oxford University, to be its good ambassador as well as influence the situation in Ukraine for better as a result of its activities.

My key priorities for the OUSU are:


I have graduated from Said Business School at the University of Oxford with MBA degree in 2015 and served as a president of Oxford University Ukrainian Society that year. I was also a board member for the Professional Government Association of Ukraine in 2016-2017. I have recently assumed the position of a Director of Management Consulting at KPMG professional services firm’s Kyiv office.



Board Member — Oleg Akhtyrskyi

As a Board member I am looking forward to contributing my experience, contacts, and some of my efforts to observe our Society's key principles which are.


  • maintaining regular social events - creating as many occasions as possible for us to meet, network, communicate; and cooperating in joint events and activities with similar groups;
  • (ii) encouraging and inspiring more Ukrainians to apply to Oxford, thus making our Society grow;
  • (iii) maintaining close cooperation with the University, the Alumni Office and, importantly, with our fellow Ukrainians in Oxford.

I am an Oxford graduate (MJur 2006, St Hugh's College). I have been actively involved in the Oxford University Ukrainian Society while at Oxford and upon my return to Ukraine I has become a local OUUS representative. I organised a number of alumni events in Ukraine. I am a practicing lawyer in the sector of emerging market investments. Beyond my professional sphere, my interests include classics, squash, and tennis.


Board Memeber — Vitalii Mainarovych

As a board member  I plan to concentrate my time on the following:

  • As a co-founder of the idea, I would want to keep developing the initiative called “Oxford Lunch & Business”. We have already organised two meetings within the framework of this initiative, i.e. with Mark Rollins (Ukrnafta) and Daniel Bilak (UkraineInvest and the Chief Investment Advisor to the Prime Minister). For those unaware of the initiative, it aims at fostering communication between the alumni of the University of Oxford in Ukraine and top representatives of private, public sectors and civil society in Ukraine, discussing interesting topics and meeting new people.
  • As a practicing lawyer, I am also well placed to put in order the OUSU's internal by-laws and regulations (in the first place being the OUSU's constitution). In my opinion, the OUSU needs clear rules for its operation and corporate governance.

  • I plan to take effort to improve the OUSU’s relations with the other Oxford societies (especially in the CEE region). The OUSU needs to capitalise on its unique access to various Oxford alumni societies throughout the globe (and in particular, within the CEE region). Originally educated in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, I have obtained an MJur degree from the University of Oxford in 2015 (primarily, funded by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford).

Originally educated in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, I have obtained an MJur degree from the University of Oxford in 2015 (primarily, funded by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford).

While in Oxford, I served as a Secretary of the Oxford University Ukrainian Society, which was helpful in terms of understanding how the national-based societies work. I believe this experience would also be useful for myself forming a part of the new OUSU Board, as it would take me less time to adapt and understand how the OUSU works.

Currently, I am an Associate with Corporate/M&A and International Private Equity Practice Group of the Kyiv office of the Europe’s largest law firm, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang. I regularly advise foreign investors on English law governed M&A transactions in Ukraine and other jurisdictions (including Kazakhstan, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Poland and others); general corporate law matters; joint ventures; and corporate finance.







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 secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org

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.