May 6, 2019
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Recent electoral changes in Ukraine have demonstrated that the task of building a politically and economically secure state will continue, and that the role and mission of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy is now even more important.
Gripped by Russian aggression and faced with the need to reform Ukraine from within, strengthen the rule of law and civil society institutions, and prepare for new challenges, one thing is clear: Ukraine needs new young leaders, and our job is far from over.
For the Ukrainian diaspora, this is not a time to retreat. It is a time to re-group, re-assess our priorities, reinforce our efforts, and think critically. Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation will focus on assisting the university in its priorities for nation-building, supporting innovation, research, and academic excellence, and instilling the values people deserve – dignity and respect for their identity and position in the world.
We welcome the university’s innovative programs in management of defense and security, rule of law, journalism, anti-corruption, education of veterans, and rehabilitation. We will assist the university by developing digital fundraising tools to reach out to new audiences, and grow our Endowment.
While planning ahead, we need to recognize that in the last twenty-five years Kyiv-Mohyla Academy has prepared many of Ukraine’s current leaders. Against many odds and facing resistance, these alumni led many of Ukraine’s reforms. Just to name a few: Oksana Markarova, Minister of Finance; Rostyslav Pavlenko, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration; Gennadiy Zubko, Deputy Prime Minister Regional Development; Pavlo Kovtonyuk, Deputy Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine; Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service; Oleksandr Starodubtsev, Co-founder of ProZorro, Department of Public Procurement Regulation; Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada; Tetiana Kovtun, Deputy State Secretary, Government Administration; Roman Tychkivskyy, Director Ukrainian Leadership Academy; Ruslan Petrychka, TV producer, News Anchor at Voice of America; Mariya Berlinska, Drone pilot and leader of Women Veterans; Iryna Solonenko, Associate Fellow, Robert Bosch Center For Central and Eastern Europe; Kateryna Smagliy, Former Director of Kennan Institute in Kyiv, Next Generation Leader at McCain Institute for International Leadership; Yuliya Tychkivska, Executive Director Aspen Institute Ukraine; Dmytro Tarabakin, Co-Founder, Managing Director, Head of Sales and Trading at Dragon Capital; Lyuba Shipovych, Co-Founder, Board Member at Razom for Ukraine and former Director of Investment Department at Odesa Oblast Administration.