Mikhail Minakov is a Kyiv-based professor, political analyst, and consultant. He has taught at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2001. Minakov has held fellowships at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and at Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald. In 2011, he became the founding editor-in-chief of the scholarly peer-reviewed journal Ideology and Politics published in Ukrainian, English, and Russian. He combines his academic career with work in political consulting. In 2010, he cofounded the Foundation for Good Politics where he works with politicians and officials from the United States, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia on issues related to governance in Ukraine. Minakov has also worked at the Eurasia Foundation, the Open Society Institute in Budapest, the Soros Foundation in Ukraine, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, and the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine.
Oleksandr Zholud is an economist specializing in economic reform, monetary policy, and financial sector development. Zholud is a member of the editorial board of VoxUkraine, a network of Ukrainian economists aiming to promote research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars, policymakers, and businesspeople. His prior work includes a number of years at the International Center for Policy Studies and a year as a reporter for CEE Market Watch, a major financial markets observer. He will be assisted by Nataliia Shapoval, a member of the editorial board of VoxUkraine and manager of policy projects at the Kyiv School of Economics.
Anastasiya Leukhina is a rule of law and policing coordinator at the U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Program (ICITAP) Regional Program Office in Kyiv and a member of the Expert Council on Reform at the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine. She is also a columnist for Ukrainska Pravda, a leading Ukrainian online media outlet. Leukhina has nineteen years of experience with technical assistance projects with U.S. and European donors. Prior to joining the DOJ program, she managed USAID’s Belarus democracy assistance portfolio, ICITAP’s Georgia-Ukraine-Azerbaijan-Moldova (GUAM) law enforcement cooperation, as well as Millennium Challenge Corporation efforts in the area of anti-corruption policies in Ukraine. Leukhina has a background in international peace building and has taught courses on conflict resolution and negotiation at Edinburgh Business School Eastern Europe, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and the University of Notre Dame.
Yulia Yesmukhanova is the deputy director of Global Communities, an NGO that implements the decentralization reform project DOBRE, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Yesmukhanova has fifteen years of experience working on democracy and good governance assistance projects in Ukraine. She has worked with large-scale international development projects focusing on supporting civil society development and capacity development, with particular focus on anticorruption and decentralization reforms. She has co-authored numerous research studies, most recently the Economic Connectivity in Ukraine survey.