Orysia Lutsevych

Deputy Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme; Head of the Ukraine Forum

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Orysia Lutsevych is deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Programme and head of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House.

Orysia’s research focuses on social change, the role of civil society in democratic transition in Eastern Europe and, most recently, democratic resilience to foreign encroachment. She is the author of several Chatham House research publications, including Resilient Ukraine: Safeguarding Society from Russian Aggression (with Mathieu Boulègue, 2020). Her media work includes contributions for the BBC, CNN, the Guardian, The Times, the Financial Times and the New York Times.

Prior to joining Chatham House as the institute’s first Academy Robert Bosch fellow, Orysia led the start-up of Europe House Georgia and was executive director of the Open Ukraine Foundation.

She has master’s degrees in international relations from Lviv State University, and in public administration from the University of Missouri.

Past experience

2014 Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House        
2012 Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
2012 - Independent consultant
2009 - 11  Head of Development, Europe House Georgia 
2007 - 09 Executive Director, Open Ukraine Foundation
2005 - 07 Deputy Director, PAUCI Foundation 

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