In 2015, I graduated with an MA in English and French Philology and Educational Sciences. Since then, I have been working on my PhD in the field of higher education. I am also working as a university teacher in my hometown. In the spring of 2017, I founded a local NGO 'Cluster of the Initiatives' with the aim of contributing to women's empowerment, the formation of civil society in Ukraine, and the elimination of different forms of gender-related discrimination and domestic violence. I have participated in more than 20 international events, as a volunteer, participant, speaker and facilitator of workshops. For me, becoming a Young European Ambassador is a chance to contribute to social welfare and promote the ideas I believe in: gender equality, civil society, the supremacy of human rights, and the importance of education.
I’m a second year master’s student at the University of Tartu and my main specialisation is semiotics. Currently, I’m participating in an Erasmus+ exchange programme and studying at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. In 2016, I received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Nowadays I am working on my master’s thesis, which deals with the representation of gender in the Ukrainian media.
Anna Anastasiia Zubko
Currently I am studying for a BA in History in Ukraine and doing my Erasmus exchange semester in Germany. Alongside my academic interests, I have a very active social life and contribute to different NGOs. In Germany, I work with child refugees through an integration programme. In Ukraine, most of my activities are directed at deepening communication about and knowledge of Europe among Ukrainian Youth.
I was brought up in a trilingual family. From my early childhood I spoke Russian and Ukrainian in my community and Bulgarian at home with my family. Nonetheless, it didn't stop me from learning two more languages: Spanish and English. I later enrolled in Kyiv National Linguistic University, where I had a great opportunity to work on my Spanish and English. I am also studying French. In 2016 I did my Erasmus exchange year in Spain and last spring I finished my Bachelor degree in Spanish Philology. The same year I began my master's degree in journalism at Ukrainian Catholic University, whose school of journalism is considered to be the best master's programme in journalism in Ukraine.
I’m currently working as an International Development Assistant at the CEO Club Ukraine, the main business club in Ukraine that brings together leaders of local and international companies for development, communication and cooperation. Last year, I participated in the Robert Schuman Traineeship Programme at the European Parliament, where I was assigned to the Directorate General for External Policies of the European Parliament. Prior to that, I was a Junior Sectoral Policy Fellow at the EU-funded Project ‘Association4U’ and was involved in the provision of assistance and consultative services to the Ministry of Ecology of Ukraine. In 2016, I graduated from the ‘MA in International Relations: Europe from a Visegrad Perspective’ programme conducted by Jagiellonian University (Poland), Masaryk University (the Czech Republic), the University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University (Slovakia).
I’m a lawyer with experience in different areas, including law, policy consulting, legal proceedings, management, public administration, scientific research, civil activity, training and youth leadership. I work as Chief Legal Adviser and head of the legal department of a company that works in the energy sphere and is implementing a project supported by the World Bank. Being interested in politics and international relations, I also became a Policy Adviser of a Deputy of the Regional Council, helping resolve questions, consulting in legal and other spheres and building policy strategies. I’ve always been ambitious and hard-working. Even as a student, I wanted to do something significant. After studying at anti-corruption school I organised the 'Students against Corruption' youth movement, on which I am still working. I am most interested in the areas of civil society, democratisation, politics, business support and development of international trade.
I am completing my final year of studying Contemporary Diplomacy. If you want to negotiate something or debate just for the sake of argument - I am the right person! I agree with a statement from Joseph Joubert: the aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. Apart from my academic interests, I always try to devote some time to music, composing and creating songs. I truly believe that active youth can change this world and it is only up to us how the world will look like in the nearest future. I am a member of numerous organizations in Poland trying to promote civil society and organizing meetings with famous people, such as Radosław Sikorski, Bronisław Komorowski etc. My bachelor thesis on the "Role of the Security Council of the United Nations in the XXIst century" has won a best thesis competion in Lublin (Poland). I also am a prize winner of all-Ukraininan Oxford Debates competitions.
I graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Roehampton in London and furthermore earned my specialisation in International Relations at the EU Business School in Munich. During, as well as subsequent to my studies, I was a delegate at the Change the World Model United Nations meeting programmes in New York and Abu Dhabi, for which I received rewards respectively. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the NGO Heavens and as such, have participated in a number of charity and volunteering projects, including the 'Firefighters Aid Project;' in this project, I managed to find firefighter equipment for the Department of the State Service of Emergencies in Lanivtsi city, as well as a sponsorship for the 44th separate artillery brigade of the Ukrainian Army stationed in Ternopil, Ukraine. As a Member of the Board of Directors, I am also in charge of monitoring the budget and other finances, establish the governance system…
I am a Ukrainian independent entrepreneur and travel blogger. The glorious Zaporizhia is my native region and Latvian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Serbian blood runs in my veins. I have had experience of working in different spheres, from a small news house to one of the biggest aviation companies in the country. I have studied both technical and humanities subjects. The main idea which I am trying to bring to people through public activity is the existence of human rights. That is because people from my country do not always realise their own rights and duties. I am fond of the work I do and love my country very much. I've been giving my best to make my country better, and would like to live in one of the best countries in the world - aware that the ability to make such a country is in our hands.
I'm 21 and I believe in the power of international law. My motto is, "Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world". That was my reason to apply for this programme. I consider that self-education, books and TED talk videos are the best tools to gain success and spread your knowledge, and I'm passionate about communicating around academic issues. Today, I'm a student at an international law school and a cadet specialising in military translation at the Military Institute of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The Young European Neighbours network aspires to promote mutual exchange of experience and engage more young people in social activities. Indeed, I have come to believe that two main factors determine success: a person's own determination and will to succeed. My family and friends often say that I am hard-working, authentic and open to dialogue. I therefore feel that it's the right time for me to start as a Young European Ambassador.
When I was 8, my father brought me a big world map and put it on my wall. After that, I started learning geography and my father used to tell me interesting facts about countries. This childhood hobby was the first step towards my passion for travelling, relations between people and, as a consequence, international relations. At the age of 10, with basic knowledge of French, I went on my first trip abroad and got a chance to plunge into a European environment with a host family. This experience completely changed me and to some extent determined my life goals. At the age of 17, I joined the European Youth Parliament and decided to focus my life on international relations. Now, I’m 18, my old map is still on my wall and I am a newly-appointed Young European Ambassador – with the same childhood dreams but with more ambitions, experience and energy for new achievements.
I am a young Ukrainian professional. I was born in western Ukraine. In 2010 I enrolled in the law academy in Kharkiv. My biggest interests are in the protection of human rights and public international law, especially after 2014, when crucial things happened – the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine and the start of the EU-Ukraine association process. I participated in advanced English-language courses in Cambridge in the UK. Afterwards, in 2015, I began university in Vilnius, Lithuania. During that period, I was also studying with the Erasmus+ programme at Ghent University in Belgium, for one semester. In 2017, I obtained a master's degree in International Law in Vilnius and came back to Ukraine, where I started to work for the EU project 'Association4U' in Kyiv. I am also an intern at the Institute of World Policy analytical centre.
I am a young Ukrainian professional, with a master's degree in International Affairs. I am passionate about international relations, global affairs and the policies of different countries. I believe that both national and international volunteering projects are essential for improving personal skills. Moreover, they give you the possibility to gain professional experience. I am a double winner of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation scholarship programme 'Zavtra.UA' and I have organised and taken part in a number of Victor Pinchuk Foundation projects including different forums, meetings, open lectures and summer camps. I believe that the people in my life are not there by accident and that everything happens for a reason. So what I appreciate most are the people I have met and those I hope to meet in the future.
I was born in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine. I obtained a master’s degree in Economics and Cybernetics in 2014. I’ve been active in the sphere of local and international events for about seven years, starting as a participant and a helper in the organisation of local and international youth projects. Being the Head of the Ukrainian NGO 'Development and Initiative' gives me the opportunity to interact with young people from different backgrounds, understand their values and share their concerns. As a trainer-volunteer, I often visit different schools and take part in training sessions in my region.
Do you like making a difference in society, developing yourself or volunteering? If so, we could become good friends! I am just a 16-year-old girl from the breathtaking city of Kharkiv. Five years ago I had the chance to live and study in Stockholm, Sweden for two years and those years changed me, broadened my mind. I came back to Ukraine with a lot of ideas on how I can improve life here. So, in my free time, I volunteer at the Red Cross, participate in activities in my city and try to bring some ideas to my society. I also participated in school newspapers as an editor and journalist. I shared information about European countries' traditions through my articles, to get my readers thinking. Unfortunately, I can only act in my hometown, but I really hope I'll have an opportunity to make a difference not only in my city, but in the world as a whole, as I want to develop our planet.
I was born in central Ukraine. I spent the first year of university (2013-2014) in Mariupol State University, Donetsk Region (eastern Ukraine), but the war forced me to change university. In 2014-2016 I attended Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk Region (western Ukraine). Now, I’m a Bachelor of International Relations. I also got wonderful experience through the Mobility Direct programme at the University of Lodz in Poland, Faculty of International and Politics Studies, in 2015-2016. There, I dived into the multinational environment which allowed me to discover life in the EU. Now, I take part in volunteering to help eastern Ukraine.
I was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1993. In 2014, I graduated from the LLB programme at the I. I. Mechnikov Odessa National University. In 2015, I successfully completed the European Studies and European Legal Studies LLM Programme at the University of Hamburg. Now, I am working on my PhD thesis in the field of EU law at the University of Odessa and am also participating in the GIZ/CIM Returning Expert Programme to Ukraine. I am also a Global Community Manager at the Ukraine Democracy Initiative, which seeks to advance Ukrainian academia and create viable links between scholars in Ukraine and in other countries.
I am a high-school student and coordinator of the 'GAVA' youth initiative, which organises youth projects in Ukraine. In addition, I've worked as a journalist for the 'Chista Politika' press club, where I got experience of coordinating a press centre, communication and working with a large number of people. It made me diplomatic and adaptive to different life situations. I've always been engaged in politics, diplomacy, languages and public relations. For GAVA, I coordinate with NGOs, authorities and international organisations to organise different youth projects. For example, we created the journalistic project 'Ukrainian Europe' with the YEAs initiative, edumka.com and chernihiv.eu in spring of 2017. Sometimes the project involves our team working with professionals from seven countries simultaneously. I love to work in a team and meet challenges. As a YEA, I am creating a great new network of friends from Europe for my country and myself.
I am a final-year Bachelor student in International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University. Last semester, as an Erasmus exchange student, I studied Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz in Germany. I've taken part in youth exchanges both in Ukraine and Europe, undertaken an internship at the Klitschko Foundation, mentored through the 'School of success' educational project and worked for a local German company. I adore travelling and writing. This year, I visited German refugee camps and wrote a reportage on the topic of integration of asylum seekers, and I published an article on the current political situation in Ukraine on the online media platform of the German department of the 'Students for liberty' NGO. I am now taking part in the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' programme, as I believe such initiatives are able to bring Ukraine closer to the EU and promote changes in Ukraine itself.
I work as a Society Project Manager at the British Council Ukraine. I was born in Donetsk and in 2015 received a Master's degree in Project Management from Donetsk National Technical University. I was the Head of the Ukrainian youth NGO 'Foundation of Regional Initiatives' (FRI) in 2016-17 and have coordinated multiple youth-oriented projects. I am committed to youth work and advocating for youth rights.
My hometown is Zaporizhia. When I was 17, I moved to the capital to study law at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, which changed my life. During my studies, I was participating in and organising student competitions for international law students and had several internships in law firms and NGOs in Kyiv. In 2016 I moved to study European Union affairs abroad for the first time, in Warsaw. As a result, I became interested in social and cultural issues and international relations. I then went to Canada for a two-month internship at the Parliament of Canada. I am now aiming to work at a human rights organisation.
I come from Simferopol (Crimea, Ukraine) but since 2015 I have been living in Lviv, after Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation. I study International Relations at Lviv Polytechnic National University. I'm interested in diplomacy and diplomatic ways of resolving international conflicts. I've also recently got involved in environmental and ecological issues. I have a great desire to get experience of student governments in the EU and the US and currently I'm the head of the student union of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at my university and also the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Council of Lviv. Although this is my first experience in organisational work, I believe that personal development is a key component of every success.
I am a first-year student of the Master programme in Political Science and Public Service of the National University Odessa Law Academy. I decided to continue my studies in law within the framework of these specific areas, because I realised that I want to connect my life to politics and state administration after four years of studying for a bachelor's degree in political science. Throughout my years of studying, I have repeatedly participated in international conferences relating to relevant subjects; however, while I was absorbing the information provided by our Ukrainian specialists, I always wondered, why do these good ideas that we hear from the speakers remain on paper? In those moments, I decided that I wanted to be more than just a theorist – I want to be a good practitioner.
I am a young Ukrainian professional. I grew up in central Ukraine, and now live in Kyiv. I obtained a Master’s in International Law in 2016. I have an interesting mix of different experience: four years assisting international civic and public projects at different NGOs, one year working as a lawyer at a Polish-Ukrainian agency, and traineeships at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Ukraine and a Romanian legal firm. For now, I am working for the EU project Association4U and my field of responsibility is communication with the Ministry of Justice. For several months I also assisted the EU Delegation to Ukraine with their work. I am so inspired to join the Young European Ambassadors’ community!
Currently, I study law at Ukraine’s biggest law school. I am in love with international law and European studies. That is why I have participated in a number of international competitions for law students and I am also involved in several projects aiming to develop civil society in Ukraine and strengthen the rule of law. The Young European Ambassadors initiative is a great forum for cross-border cooperation among young people across Europe. I firmly believe that my generation is the moving force for the European integration of Ukraine, as well as for further development and unity of the EU.
In middle school, I took part in exchange programmes in Germany. I later became a Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programme participant and the year I spent in the US gave me a better understanding of world processes. Since then, I have been volunteering, because I have seen that it can make this planet a better place to live in (I volunteered at the Youth Olympic Games in 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway). I entered one of the best Ukrainian Universities and I am fully satisfied with the faculty that I am studying in, because in the future I see myself working for the UN or UNESCO. Languages are my passion and I am conquering this art, with 7 languages already spoken. Right now I am taking part in the Erasmus+ programme (this is my third Erasmus project), which shows how different but at the same time similar we are! There are still amazing mountains to climb!
I study law at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. If you asked me to describe myself in a few words, I would say I am motivated, open-minded and full of potential. I am 19 and full of energy to discover and contribute. I started to test myself in different fields at the age of 15, participating in different debates and youth camps. I was really interested in reading books - historical, fiction, psychological and more. One of my favourite novels was Martin Eden by Jack London. Now, I'm furthering my personal development through two internships in NGOs (in the spheres of law and media) and by debating on reforms (in the DRI National Student Tournament) and participating in a moot court (Price Media Law Moot Court Competition) and other international projects such as “Spotting Agents of Change for Good Governance – Walking with Thinking” through the Ukrainian-German Youth Encounters "MEET UP!" programme.
I come from Donetsk where I studied international relations and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2014. The same year the armed conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine and I started working with foreign journalists as an interpreter and assistant. In the summer, when the situation became too volatile, I had to relocate to Kyiv. Soon after I went to Würzburg, Germany, to take part in a volunteering project within the European Voluntary Service programme, which I had applied for long before the events in the east.
From my childhood in the Zakarpattya region, which has an amalgamation of cultures, and through travelling I learned to appreciate different thoughts and customs. Moreover, knowledge and self-development became the core ideas that I wanted to promote in society. This is why I started volunteering when I was 14 through tutoring at camp, and continued to organise and participate in projects while studying international relations at Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv. With my two main values in mind – education and cooperation beyond borders – I have organised several Model United Nations, international debate tournaments and conferences; been the head of the SMM Department of the IIR Debate Club; recently deployed my own project 'UN Talks'; and helped establish 'Ukrtronics'. Now I am exploring a new angle – public diplomacy – to further implement the two values and becoming a Young European Ambassador is a priceless opportunity to promote these ideas on a new level.
I was born in 1998 in the small town of Berezhany (Ternopil region). There, I completed my secondary education with a gold medal. In 2015, I moved to Ivano-Frankivsk to study International Relations at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University. In the first year of my studies I created a student media community, participated in several conferences and round tables, and got acquainted with the university administration. Last January, I started the 'Student Co-Working Space Paragraph' project, which allowed me to get a job at the Scientific Library of my university, where this project is now being implemented. Thanks to my active participation in student life, I also had the opportunity to visit five EU countries this year during a study trip to the European Parliament in Brussels.
I am a PhD student in Political Science at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, from where I also obtained a degree in International Relations. During my studies, I was a project manager (2015) and then chairperson of the students’ association on foreign policy and diplomacy (2016-17). My other professional experiences have covered the topics of IDPs (GIZ), Central European Politics (MFA of Ukraine, Institute for European Politics) and the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (Jacques Delors Institut Berlin). I am highly engaged in policy research and intercultural communication. As chair of the students’ association, I communicated with Ukrainian and foreign diplomats and took part in student exchanges. I am active as a freelance columnist, writing on German politics and the environment. I am constantly developing my knowledge of different languages, countries and their cultures, and strongly believe that a globalised world brings opportunity for everyone.
Originally from a small city in the west of Ukraine, I became determined to achieve a big future in international relations during my years in high school, and ever since have been moving towards my dream step by step. So now, after Bachelor studies in International Relations at Lviv University, two exchange periods in Finland and Slovenia and ongoing master's degree studies abroad, I am still on track and moving forward. Apart from studying and part-time jobs and internships, I love dedicating my time to volunteering, travelling, spending time with my friends and being a curious and active citizen. My aim is to be well educated and competent, find something that I love to do and I’m good at, and do it in the best possible way – this is a small thing that each of us world citizens can do to make this world a better place.
I was born in Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine, where I went on to graduate from high school. I began studying at Lviv Polytechnic National University in 2013, received a degree in Information Security in 2017 and then started a Master's in Cybersecurity. I'm also co-founder of the Lviv branch of the Ukrainian NGO 'FRI' (Foundation of Regional Initiatives) and a member of Lviv Youth Council. Over the past four years, I've been involved in a large number of NGO and other initiatives, implementing several projects, from small, simple actions, seminars or trainings to large, national projects. I've also produced my own training course about non-formal education, which I implement in Lviv, and I'm a member of the Youth Contact Group supported by OSCE PCU, where I'm involved in projects and training about dialogue facilitation and critical thinking. Currently, I'm doing a youth exchange with another NGO, the 'Center of international dialogue and non-formal education – NFED'.
I’ve lived in a lot of places: from Kremenchuk (a small city in the Poltava region of Ukraine) to Kharkiv, a “student capital”. I’m a third year international law student at Karazin State University, and an attorney’s assistant to a legal company and NGOs. I’ve always dreamed about bringing benefits and changes to society – and becoming a lawyer was the first step to achieving my goals. As a paralegal, I’ve already been part of more than seven cases and achieved three wins in court. I’m also an active member of several NGOs (ELSA Ukraine and Our Deal), a member of the organising team of the NGO 'Enlightening Initiative' and a “jack-of-all-trades” at Karazin IRTB Scientific Society. As a Young European Ambassador, I’d like to bring new changes to Ukraine, because we really need to be renewed. I hope together we can become better and much stronger.
I’m a fourth year student in Mass Media and Communication at Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, and I’m currently working as a freelance journalist for the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. I’m also working as a reporter-journalist at the local newspaper Prisamarska niva in my native town, Novomoskovsk. In 2017, I participated in the Global UGRAD undergraduate programme. It gave me the opportunity to study at East Tennessee State University in the USA for one academic semester, and I also participated in workshops and conferences in Washington D.C. In addition, I’m a member of the charity organisation 'Razom.ua' in Dnipro, as well as a member of the student Youth Trade Union of Journalists (we organise trips throughout Ukraine, and games and competitions for youth). Since September, I have been working for the English language club 'CorFoLM'.