Allan Pagh Kristensen, Head of Unit
Allan Pagh Kristensen is the Head of Unit of the EUACI and overall responsible for the program. He is a senior Danish diplomat who has worked with Ukraine for a number of years. Before joining the EUACI he was Deputy Director of the European Neighbourhood Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Allan Pagh Kristensen is an economist from the University of Copenhagen.
Allan Emil Heldbjerg, Head of Administration
Allan Heldbjerg is the Head of Administration of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. He has held several management positions during his more than fifteen years overseas, recently in Bolivia and before then in Africa (Burkina Faso and Lesotho). His most recent positions were as Head of the Danida Temporary Steering Unit, phasing out Danish cooperation in Bolivia, and as a Seconded National Expert in the political section of the EU Delegation in La Paz. Prior to the positions overseas, Mr. Heldbjerg worked in the private banking sector in Denmark. Mr. Heldbjerg holds a master degree in Economics and Business Administration.
Anastasiia Kapranova, Communication expert
Anastasiia Kapranova is a Communication Expert of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Anastasiia has 4 years of experience in working for non-governmental, governmental, and international organizations including the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Agriteam Canada, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Ministry of Digital Transformation having extensive experience in strategic communication, advocacy, media relations, content production, event management, social media management, etc. The projects she has worked on were covered by CNN, Deutsche Welle, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Voice of America, The Economist, etc. Among the latest are the launch of eMalyatko service in Ukraine, the opening of the exhibition "Babyn Yar: the brink of humanity" in the European Parliament, the launch of the Corruption Park in Kyiv in 2018. Anastasiia has a Master's degree in Journalism, passed various specialized training courses for communications and public policy.
Andriy Hnidets, Anti-Corruption Expert
Andriy Hnidets is an Anti-Corruption expert of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Until recently, Andriy Hnidets worked as Acting Head of Reforms Unit at the Office of Prosecutor General. Before that, Andriy worked near 2 years as head of the normative and legal drafting department at the National Health Service of Ukraine. Also, Andriy spend 5 years as Legal Adviser in Parliament of Ukraine, where he was involved in developing law enforcement and anti-corruption legislation, such as draft laws “On National Police”, “On Prosecution”, “On State Bureau of Investigation”, amendments to Criminal, Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine, and other draft laws. In addition, Andriy had experience as a National expert in the Council of Europe projects, related to the rule of law. Andriy holds a Master of law degree from the Lviv National Ivan Franko University and certificate on EU external relations law from Maastricht University.
Anna Martsinkiv, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
Ukrainian sociologist and program evaluator, one of the pioneers of the evaluation profession in the country. Between 2010 and 2013 had an opportunity to develop in-house capacity for program evaluation at the biggest private philanthropy in Ukraine the Foundation for Development of Ukraine (FDU), i.e. full cycle evaluations, which include but are not limited to needs assessments, evaluability assessments, development of research tools, sampling, data collection, data processing, reporting and recommendations. Strong qualitative and quantitative research background. During 2018-2020 helped in development of the reform roadmaps (circa 50) and performance indicators for more than a dozen governmental ministries and agencies, trained several hundreds of civil servants in results based methodology.
Elena Konceviciute, Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser
Elena Konceviciute is Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser (Component 1). Until recently she worked as an international relations officer at the Lithuanian specialised anti-corruption body, the Special Investigation Service. Elena served there for eighteen years, responsible for coordination of putting all the anti-corruption standards in place as a pre-condition of Lithuania joining the European Union and NATO. After Lithuania became a full-fledged member of both she was responsible for co-ordinating follow-up anti-corruption requirements put forward by the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She holds two master’s degrees, one in translation and interpreting, and another one in international politics and economics, and a certificate from French National School of Public Administration (École Nationale d'Administration). Her mother-tongue is Lithuanian. She is fluent in English and Russian, and has a good command of French.
Evheniya Medvedenko, Procurement and Accounting Expert
Evheniya Medvedenko is a Procurement and Accounting Expert for the EUACI. She has more than 10 years of experience working for international non-governmental organizations and technical assistance projects. Before joining the EUACI Evheniya has held several positions and was involved into procurement, accounting and grant management for the East Europe Foundation. Evheniya holds a master degree in accounting from the Kyiv State Shevchenko’s University.
Frank Jensen, Senior Adviser
Frank Jensen is a Senior Adviser and the Team Leader for EUACI’s component 2 and 3. He has worked with international development and technical assistance programmes for more than 20 years. Before joining the EUACI he was head of the Performance Team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ department for quality assurance and technical assistance. Frank Jensen holds an M.SC in Economics.
Nataliya Vasyukhnik, Civil Society Expert
Nataliya Vasyukhnik is Civil Society Expert of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Prior to joining EUACI, Nataliya spent five years with the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. For two last years, she worked as a Program Coordinator at the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL) and was involved in implementing technical assistance projects to support anti-corruption, criminal justice, and law enforcement reforms in Ukraine, closely cooperating with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Justice Free Legal Aid Coordination Center. In addition, Ms. Vasyukhnik coordinated INL Grants Program aimed at promoting rule of law and strengthening initiatives to prevent and fight corruption. Before joining INL, she worked for the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section and American Councils, supporting youth activism and civil society capacity building. Nataliya holds a Master of Journalism from the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.”
Nikita Kovchuga, Public Integrity Expert
Nikita Kovchuga is Public Integrity Expert of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine. Until recently, he was a Programme Representative of EUACI in one of the partner cities - Mariupol. Before joining the EUACI team Mr. Kovchuga spent more than five years working in the NGO sector. He gained significant experience in the successful implementation of program activities, project management, reporting, strategic planning, staff management, training facilitation, and administration/logistics tasks management while working in various international humanitarian NGOs such Handicap International, ADRA Ukraine, Terre des hommes in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine. Apart from work experience in Ukraine, Mr. Kovchuga used to work on community development in Spain and Morocco as a volunteer English teacher and Project Assistant in various youth exchanges, training sessions, international and local projects. He holds a master's and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Mariupol State University.
Pavlo Kozak, Finance Expert
Manages overall financial and administrative operations of the program. Prepares and implements program budget and financial reports. Before that, Pavlo worked near 2 years as a finance officer in NGO Internews Ukraine. Also, Pavlo spent 3 years as a Project administrator in a Police training assistance project provided by Agriteam Canada consulting ltd., where he was involved in the procurement process for the PTAP project including procurements for the Police Academy of Ukraine and Police patrol Department. Before that, Pavlo worked for 1 year in the UN migration agency as a project assistant he was involved in procurements for the Emergency and Stabilization Unit, preparing contracts, payment requests, and other relevant documents, and working with the IOM procurements database system. Pavlo Kozak holds a master's degree in Strategic management and bachelor's degree in finance.
Serhii Kononenko, IT Expert
Serhii Kononenko is an Information Technology Expert for the EUACI. He has spent much of his carrier working in defense sector with an increasing level of responsibility from an IT engineer to a head of IT unit. His experience includes activities in the public and private sectors, civilian security and defense sectors. Before joining the EUACI he was an IT expert with the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine. Serhii holds a Chief Information Officer Certificate from the US National Defense University and master degrees in Software Engineering and Informational/Analytical Support from national universities.
Viktor Kylymar, Anti-Corruption Expert
Victor Kylymar is the Anti-corruption expert at the EUACI responsible for the support of the High anti-corruption court. He is a Ukrainian lawyer with experience of working at state institutions, civil society organizations, and international projects. Victor Kylymar has graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla academy.
Viktoriia Popyk, Anti-Corruption Expert
Viktoriia Popyk is Anti-Corruption Expert at the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Until recently, Viktoriia Popyk worked as an international relations officer at the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Ukraine. Viktoriia served there for four years, responsible for the coordination of work with the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) and was the contact point for the Egmont Group of FIUs for two years. Also, Viktoriia was responsible for communication and implementation of the technical assistance projects, as well as cooperation with the international organizations, supported the FIU, such as Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), European Commission in the framework of TAIEX implementation. She has a Diploma in Linguistics and Law (Ukraine).