Two-day online event with panel discussions and side events that aims to exchange and improve approaches to strategic communications and resilience building at the State level in Ukraine and other NATO partners in Eastern Europe.
Facilitate peer learning between NATO and EU member states and their partners from the Eastern flank.
Journalist, founder of Donbas Media Forum/Donbas News
CFCBig Ideas, Partner and Director of Special Projects
Career diplomat and former chairman of the SZRU, the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine
Issues for discussion:
Projects implemented by NATO in Ukraine
Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy
Editor-in-chief at euromaidanpress.com
- Current interventions in democratic developments
- How democracy promotes resilience
- How disinformation targets human rights
- Building trust to strengthen democracy through information challenges
VoxUkraine CEO, VoxCheck ambassador
Deputy Director at Mohyla School of Journalism. Deputy Editor in Chief of StopFake
Executive director of the Institute of Mass Information
CONTACTS & PRESS
Vice-Prime Minister on European and Euro Atlantic Integration
Lawyer, graduated from the Faculty of International Law of the Institute of International Relations at KNU.
Prior to the position of Vice-Prime Minister, she worked as director general of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Secretariat.
Minister of Culture and Information Policy
He studied at the Faculty of Journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Previously, he was deputy general producer of the “1+1” channel, director of the “Novyi Kanal,” also worked as a correspondent, editor, and presenter. He has been the Minister of Culture and Information Policy since June 2020.
Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
She served as Latvian ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, was director general for security policy and international organizations, and director general of the Communications Directorate at the Latvian Foreign Ministry.
She received two master’s degrees from the University of Latvia on law and communications.
Director of the Directorate for Inter-institutional Relations, Policy Coordination and Public Diplomacy, European External Action Service
Adviser to the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security
Head of the Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center The paper focuses on the study of Russian disinformation, narratives of Russian propaganda, and the study of information operations of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and in the West.
She headed the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security and was engaged in the development of the institution from the stage of its creation.
Previously, she worked as a journalist, editor, and screenwriter for several Ukrainian TV channels. She was an advisor on strategic communications to the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, headed the press service of the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Ukrainian Crimean Tatar politician, graduated from the Institute of International Relations at KNU.
Previously, she worked as a journalist for Radio Liberty and the Crimean Tatar ATR channel. She was an advisor to the minister of Information Policy regarding the Crimea, later — deputy minister.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs actively promotes “Crimean Platform” — international coordination mechanism for the deoccupation of Crimea. She is also the chair of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO.
EU Ambassador to Ukraine
Estonian diplomat who has been the head of the EU delegation to Ukraine since 2019.
At first, he worked as the head of the Department of External Relations in the Office of the Estonian Parliament, later he was the head of the private cabinet of Prime Minister Marta Laar.
He was the Estonian ambassador to Finland, later — Secretary General of the Estonian Foreign Ministry. He also worked in the Office of the European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn in Brussels. He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia for European affairs.
US Chargé d’Affaires to Ukraine
Previously, she served as acting deputy Head of Mission and economic advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, and London. She has worked at the US embassies in Moscow, Manila, the US mission to the EU in Brussels and the US State Department in Washington.
She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western College and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Army War College.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ukraine
Graduated from Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel, majoring in Political Science, Slavic Studies, and English Studies, received a diploma in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. She received a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School in the United States.
She started her diplomatic career from her post as Press and Protocol Officer at the German Embassy in Ukraine. She also worked in the Protocol Division and the EU Coordination Group, and headed the Department of Basic Foreign Policy Issues in the Division of the Federal President of Germany.
Senior Expert of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre
Linda Auster has 15 years of experience in senior positions in the Latvian government, civil society and industry organizations in finance, international relations, foreign investment, and security.
She received a law degree from the University of Latvia and a master’s degree in public policy from the Central European University in Budapest.
Editor-in-chief at English-language Euromaidan Press
She covers issues of the Russian information and hybrid war against Ukraine, reforms in Ukraine, promotion of Ukrainian culture abroad, and issues of Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin.
Prior to founding Euromaidan Press, she was engaged in international research in the environmental field and was an eco-activist. She graduated from the Department of climatology of the Geographical Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Sector Manager for Strategic Communication and Human Rights, of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
Based in Kyiv, Marco manages Strategic Communications and Human Rights support operations at the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine. Mr. Ferraro has developed several projects to increase Ukraine’s resilience to hybrid threats and disinformation.
Atlantic Council expert.
He is a co-founder of East StratCom Task Force, a European Union project to combat disinformation. This project raises awareness of Russian disinformation and the EU’s response to Kremlin propaganda.
He has journalistic experience; he worked as a political reporter in Czech publications and on television. In 2012, he received the Novinářská křepelka award as a talented young journalist.
Internews Country Director
Gillian McCormack has 20 years of experience in media development, democracy support, and education. She is a manager of Internews in Ukraine and heads a media program funded by USAID and designed to develop and support local media in order to expand the opportunity for Ukrainians to have access to high-quality news.
Deutsche Welle Akademie Programme Director, EU project “Support to National Public Broadcaster of Ukraine”, Program Director Media Fit EU Project in southern and eastern Ukraine
For more than three years, she has been the head of the Deutsche Welle Akademie Programme to support the Ukrainian public broadcaster. Prior to that, she worked for the French humanitarian aid organization Acted and the European External Action Service.
Helen Champagne holds a degree in political science and governance, a master’s degree in European studies and social sciences from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution from the University of Kent in the UK.
Director at Detector Media civil society organization
She has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist and editor, was the editor-in-chief of the Internet portal Detector Media and deputy editor-in-chief of Telekritika.
She is a member of the public council under Derzhkino and the Ukrainian film academy.
Head of the Centre for Strategic Communication and Information Security
He used to be a journalist, media expert, and international analyst. Since 2005, Ihor Solovei has worked in the agencies Ukrinform, Interfax-Ukraine and publications LB.ua and Obozrevatel, which covered Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity, followed the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns.
During 2015-2016, he worked in the Operational Working Group on Strategic Communications of the EU, where he was engaged in debunking fakes.
Head of Strategic Communications Department at office of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
In the Department, he deals with countering aggressive information influences of the Russian Federation, strategic communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, forming narratives, and identifying threats to the Armed Forces.
Director of the Communications Department at the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine
She is expert in strategic communications, previously worked as a director of the E’comm agency, which collaborated with Naftogaz during the leadership of Andrii Koboliev. The agency’s task was to inform the international community about the threats of Nord Stream 2 and its negative impact on the European energy security.
Senior advisor to the Institute for Security and Technology (IST)
Doowan Lee, co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Security and Technology.
He founded a technology startup that uses artificial intelligence to analyze online extremism and disinformation. He is also a lecturer in politics at the University of San Francisco.
Before starting his own company, Doowan Lee worked for 11 years as a lecturer and principal investigator in the Naval graduate school, and collaborated with the US Special Operations community abroad.
Head of DebunkEU
Viktoras Daukšas, Head of the DebunkEU Disinformation Analysis Center.
Viktoras Daukšas heads an independent technology think tank that researches disinformation and runs educational media literacy campaigns. Debunk EU was created as a response to disinformation and propaganda in the Baltic countries, coordinated and paid for mainly by the Kremlin.
Viktoras Daukšas holds an MBA from the Baltic Management Institute, the Norwegian School of Management, and the ISM University of Management and Economics.
Anatoliy Bondarenko, analyst and co-founder of the Texts.org project.
Deputy editor-in-chief of Texts.org, head of data journalism.
He is also a co-founder of the Texts.org publication, which started its work in 2010 and in particular focuses on the analysis of disinformation and fakes.
Director, NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine
She has more than twenty years of experience in public information and communications in Latvia and internationally.
Vineta Kleine was a public relations advisor to the Ministry for the Kosovo Security Force, head of the strategic communications of the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine, and advisor on communications and public partnership in Moldova.
Over the past 10 years, she has provided advice and training to senior management and government agencies in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries.
Investigative journalist, freelancer
Liubov Velychko works in investigative journalism. She used to write for Texts.org, in particular, on the topics of Kremlin disinformation and Russian propaganda.
Now she cooperates with Ukrainian publications Liga.net, Slovo I Dilo, and Mind.ua.
Senior Manager for Research and Countering Disinformation Programs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Ukraine
Tamta Otiashvili has over ten years of experience in working on democracy assistance programs, with a particular focus on applied research. Since 2017, Ms. Otiashvili has been managing research and countering disinformation programs in Ukraine that focus on tracking opportunities and challenges facing Ukraine’s democratic transition. NDI’s research has provided new insights on topics such as attitudes towards gender equality and LGBTI rights, party affiliation, participation in elections, and disinformation narratives designed to discredit Ukraine’s democratic transition. In addition, Ms. Otiashvili has managed the design and implementation of disinformation research projects, applying innovative and experimental methods such as split sample information priming experiments, conjoint analysis, and complex randomization, to better understand vulnerabilities and resilience within Ukrainian society and enable more accurate targeting of countermeasures.
Tamta Otiashvili has a Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and Bachelor degree in Public International Law from Tbilisi State University.
Ukrainian journalist, UNIAN correspondent in Russia.
Accredited in Russia during Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine. At the beginning of 2017, he was the only Ukrainian correspondent accredited in Russia.
He has a strong pro-Ukrainian position, is known for bold questions to Russian politicians, and bold statements in support of Ukraine on popular talk shows on Russian television.
Ukrainian journalist, UNIAN correspondent in Russia.
Ukrainian politician, expert in communications, political consulting and media consulting. Ukrainian MP with the Parliament of the 9th convocation. He is a co-founder of the NGO “Quantum Future Lab.” He held senior positions in Star Light Media holding, was the director of Focus Media. He previously held the position of First Deputy Chair of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting.
Adviser to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on political issues.
Ran for the Parliament with the Servant of the People party, elected at the 2019 parliamentary election, No. 97 on the list. At the time of the election: director of Focus Media, non-partisan.
Data Analyst; Stratcom Division, European External Action Service
Patrice Wangen is a data analyst at the StratCom division of the EEAS focussing on computational and OSINT analysis of foreign information manipulation and interference. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science, and holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute with a specialization in international relations and armed conflicts.
Deputy Director for Security and Defence Projects in the Cabinet Office Communications Team
Henry Collis is responsible for intergovernmental planning and communications on UK national security. He has previously also advised the British government on defence reform, national security policy and anti-corruption. From 2010 to 2013, he worked in Afghanistan, where he advised senior military leaders on countering insurgent propaganda and activities with foreign influence.
Analyst of the Odessa Political Platform Media Center
Moderator in the group on new author recruitment on the website of local conflict participants. Works on issues related to the war in the east of Ukraine in terms of local conflict history: what they have in common, what some differences are, and what can be expected.