We celebrate the scholars and professors of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy who excel in their fields, address the challenges that Ukraine and the world face, and search for ways to make our lives better. It is a pleasure to feature some of them in this newsletter. There are many others at the university who deserve recognition and we will bring them to the readers’ attention in the future. We invite you to meet some of these exceptional individuals who prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

gordienko Yuriy Gorodnichenko, PhD

Quantedge Presidential Professor

Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Co-Chairman of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of America

Editor, Journal of Monetary Economics


We are proud that the co-chairman of the Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation is an alumnus of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a distinguished researcher, author and professor.   Dr. Gorodnichenko received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2007, his M.A. in Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2004, his M.A. in Economics (high honors; valedictorian) from the Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC) from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in 2001, and his B.A. in Economics (honors; valedictorian) also from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kiev, Ukraine, 1999.


In 2019, Dr. Gorodnichenko agreed to serve, and was elected as co-chair (together with Ambassador Borys Tarasiuk) of the Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of America.  We are honored and proud of the commitment of Professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko to his Alma Mater.

We invite the readers to read more about Dr. Gorodnichenko in the links below.


Ukraine’s Policy Response to the Global Economic Crisis?


Svitlana Oksamytna, Doctor of Sciences

Dean of the Department of Social Studies and Social Technologies

The Department includes Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, Social Communications, Psychology and Pedagogy, Journalism, Public Health. 

Professor of Sociology

Dr. Svitlana Oksamytna is a Member of the Academic Board of NaUKMA. She is a Senior Member of Institute on Sociology at the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

A researcher, prolific author, teacher, administrator. Special interests: social structure of society, social inequality, intergenerational class and educational mobility, gender research in sociology, gender studies and feminism. Founder of Gender Studies as an academic specialty at the Department of Sociology at NaUKMA, the first such program in Ukraine. In the late 1990s, Dr. Oksamytna developed the course “Introduction to Gender Studies”, which, after becoming the head of the Department of Sociology, became a compulsory course of studies at the university.

Professor Oksanytna is the recipient of the Petro Mohyla Medal of Honor in 2007 for her contribution in the development of national education, research, and spiritual rebuilding of Ukraine, and her significant contribution to Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is also the recipient of the 2015 national award for excellence in research and education from the President of Ukraine for her contribution to education, her role in preparing highly qualified specialists, and her many years of work in research and teaching for the nation.

3Maryna Tkachuk, Doctor of Sciences

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities  

Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Tkachuk is the recipient of the National Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine and the Petro Mohyla Medal.  She defended her doctorate and PhD degrees at the Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

She is one of Ukraine’s leading historians of philosophy, and the author numerous works on the history of theological, academic and university philosophy in Kyiv, and the theory and methodology of historical and philosophical knowledge.

In recent years, she has researched the history and heritage of the Kyiv Theological Academy, and became the leading editor and author of the two-volume encyclopedia “Kyiv Theological Academy in Names: 1819-1924″.

Dr. Tkachuk is a member of the Ukrainian Philosophy Fund; head of the editorial board of the academic collections «Наукові записки НаУКМА. Філософія та релігієзнавство»,  member of the editorial boards of «Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal»«Sententiae»«Філософська думка», «Київська Академія», «Дух і Літера», «Сучасна гуманітарна бібліотека», «Український гуманітарний огляд», and the Academic Board of the Journal of Philosophers of Slavic countries «ΣΟΦΙΑ» in Poland.


Tetiana Yaroshenko, PhD

Vice-President of Research and Information Technology of NaUKMA

Former Director of the Kyiv-Mohyla Library

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Electronic Library of Ukraine

Tetiana Yaroshenko received her PhD Library Science in 2008 from the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, National Academy of Science.  She is Head of the Center of Research Metrics and Digital Support of Research at NauKMA, president of Ukrainian Fulbright Circle (2014-2018), and currently member of the board of Ukrainian Fulbright Circle.

Dr. Yaroshenko studied Digital Scholarship at Columbia University, Library Sciences at Yale University on Fulbright Fellowships, and University Management at Florida State University on IREX fellowship.  Dr. Yaroshenko is the author of numerous academic articles, the organizer of countless national conferences of librarians of Ukraine, co-founder and former head of the Association of Librarians of Ukraine, presenter of papers at various international Library conferences.

Under her leadership as director of Kyiv-Mohyla Library, the university became Ukraine’s leader in library innovations and access to digital research information technology.  The library was enhanced with significant growth in its collection, new resources, and service to users.

Tetiana Yaroshenko received numerous awards including the Petro Mohyla Medal, the National Order of Princess Olha III, Awards from the Ukrainian Association of Libraries, the National Award for Culture, and the Leader of Research of Ukraine Award in 2016 from Web of Science.   Also in 2016, she received the Award Clarivate Analytics, and the National Academy of Science of Ukraine nominated her for Scientific Leader of Ukraine for valuable contributions in social sciences.    In 2017, Dr. Yaroshenko received the Award “Woman of Ukraine” in the category of Higher Education of Ukraine in Edipresse Media Ukraine, and in 2018 she was included in the list of 100 Most Influential Women of Ukraine by the Journal Focus.


Oleksandra Humenna, PhD

Dean of the School of Economics  

Professor of Economics

Dr. Humenna studied at the Economic cybernetics at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (National Agrarian University).  Her focus is on preparing professionals of the highest order, well rounded value-driven individuals dedicated to Ukraine.

Oleksandra Humenna is the author of more than 100 scientific and methodological publications, co-author of research projects “Ukraine 2030: The Doctrine of Sustainable Development” and “White Paper on Economic Policy of Ukraine until 2030: National and Regional Dimensions”.

Her interests are in creative economy and creative management, cluster approach and networking, innovation and investment projects, innovative marketing and marketing of innovations.  She is known for her support and inspiration with students.

Professor Humenna has participated in several international educational projects.  She acted as a research editor of the Ukrainian translation of such best-selling books as “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, “99 Cents. How Poor People Really Live, and Why It Matters for Everyone” by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, “Freakonomics” by Steven Levitt, and others.

On the occasion of the university’s 400th anniversary, Dr. Humenna was awarded the Diploma of the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) of Ukraine for her significant personal contribution to the development of education and knowledge, and an Award from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy for her ability to prepare highly qualified professionals, and her dedicated academic work.

6Azarov Denys, PhD

Dean of Kyiv-Mohyla School of Law

Professor of Law

Dr. Azarov is a member of the Committee on Law of the Ministry of Education and Research of Ukraine. He received his Doctorate of Law at the Koretskyj Intitute of Law and Governance at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Professor Azarov is the author of numerous published articles and treatises.  His specialty is criminal law.   He has conducted extended research and published numerous articles and books on the problems of classifications of criminal acts, and the differentiation and individualization of criminal responsibility.  He is the author of the first legal treatise in Ukraine on Internet Law and the regulation of internet crime, – the first such publication in Ukraine.

Under his leadership,  the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Law has been rated the No. 1 law school of Ukraine.  Its alumni are sought-after by law firms and corporations in Ukraine.  The Kyiv-Mohyla Moot Court Society has produced numerous teams each year that represent Ukraine at various international competitions such at the Jessup competition in Washington DC, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strassburg, and the Telders competition at The Hague, where they are recipients of top awards.

Dean Azarov has published more than one hundred articles on legal issues related to criminal law and justice, and he is a member of various professional organizations and Parliamentary committees on legal education.

He is a member of the working group at the Ministry of Education and Research on the Development of the Concept of Law Education.  He is also the secretary I-IV Congress of Legal Representatives of Institutions of Higher Education and Research. Among his many awards and recognitions, he has received the Petro Mohyla Medal of Honor.


Oleksandr Savruk, PhD

Dean of Kyiv Mohyla Business School – kmbs


Dr. Oleksandr Savruk received his PhD in Economics at the Kyiv Hetman National Economics University. Under his leadership, the Kyiv Mohyla Business School is recognized for its excellence as one of the top schools business schools for leaders.

Dr. Savruk is an expert in strategic methodologies, in managing change projects and creating strategic business ideas.  Guided by the rule that business exists to create value,  he teaches process management, re-engineering of business processes, and managing quality standards in Ukrainian and international organizations. He has consulted on projects with industry leaders, and heads of state institutions.  He is a partner of Mohyla Strategic Agency, a member of the Supervisory Board of Hromadske Television, and lectures on “Strategic Idea”, “Business Process Modeling”, and “Change management” projects.  Under his leadership, KMBS has become one of Eastern Europe’s leading business schools.  He leads KMBS to be the “school for leaders who want change – in themselves, their companies, the country, and the world”.

Besides his various roles as educator, dean, and consultant, Dr. Savruk expresses himself artistically as photographer.  His works have been exhibited in various galleries and online.  He describes himself as a photographer with love for humankind, looking for a better understanding of human nature and the nature of social life. Areas of interest are mostly street and people photography. He looks for metaphors, archetypes, – intrinsic objects. He strives to achieve the quality that goes far beyond a physical representation of people and reveals their values, rituals, aspirations, and aspects of their daily lives

8Olexiy Haran, PhD

Head of the Board of the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Policy Analysis

Professor of Political Science

Director of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation

Dr. Olexiy Haran received his PhD in History of Ukraine at the Institute of History of Ukraine, at the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.  Heis Professor of Comparative Politics at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (UKMA). In 1991-93, he established and became dean of the Department of Social Sciences when Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was reborn after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Since 2002, he has served as Founding Director of the UKMA School for Policy Analysis, and since 2015 he served as research director at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, a leading Ukrainian analytical and sociological think tank, where he is now director.

He is the co-editor of Constructing a Political Nation: Changes in the Attitudes of Ukrainians during the War in the Donbas (2017), Ukraine in Europe: Questions and Answers (2009), Russia and Ukraine: Ten Years of Transformation (Moscow 2003) and several other books. Many of his articles disproving Russian propaganda against Ukraine have been published in the international press.  Also, he is a frequent commentator in Ukrainian and international media, and a participant at international conferences.

In the winter of 2013-2014, Prof. Haran was a member of the Council of ‘Maidan’ Movement. As a political scientist he spent several weeks at the frontline nearby Mariupol, Luhansk, Avdiivka, and Donetsk airport. He is a member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and a member of the Washington-based Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS-Eurasia). Since 2002 he has been a member of the Public Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; a member of the Council on National Unity under the President of Ukraine (2015-2019); a member of numerous other major Ukrainian and international organizations and publications, and continues to be a member of the Academic Council of Kyiv Mohyla Academy.



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