Eka Tkeshelashvili, Head of Programme
Eka Tkeshelashvili is Head of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative – currently EU’s largest support programme in the area of anti-corruption in Ukraine aimed at improving the implementation of anti-corruption policy in Ukraine. Tkeshelashvili is a lecturer at Civil and Political School in Kiev, Ukraine and in the Black Sea University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She teaches courses on State Building, Transformational Leadership, European Studies and International Law. She has served in the government of Georgia as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of the National Security Council, Minister of Justice of Georgia as well as Prosecutor General of Georgia. Mrs. Tkeshelashvili also held the position of the Chairperson of Tbilisi Appeals Court. She has work experience with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Netherlands) and at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (USA). Mrs. Tkeshelashvili has master’s degree in International Law from Notre Dame Law School (USA), certificate in Human Rights Law from Oxford University (UK) and Diploma in Law from Tbilisi State University.
Elena Konceviciute, Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser
Elena Konceviciute is Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. 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.
Clemens Mueller, Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser
Clemens Mueller is Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. He serves EUACI as seconded EU expert from the EU Advisory Mission to Ukraine (EUAM) under the EU integrated approach. Mr. Mueller is a lawyer trained in Germany and has extensive working experience at the national and international level in the area of anti-corruption and criminal justice. Before working in Ukraine, he served as Anti-Corruption Adviser in Kosovo (EULEX) responsible for conceptualizing and implementing capacity building projects in the area of anti-corruption and integrity. His particular focus was on programs for strengthening judicial integrity, enhancing corruption investigations, and improving anti-corruption legislation. Prior to his work for EU instruments, Mr. Mueller was attorney at the international law firm White & Case specializing in multi-jurisdictional white-collar matters and corporate compliance. Mr. Mueller has published in leading law journals on criminal justice issues. He graduated from the University of Hamburg/Germany with distinction and holds a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) from the National University of Galway/Ireland (first class honors).
Bohdan Boyko, Civil Society and Local Governance Expert
Bohdan Boyko is Civil Society and Local Governance Expert of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Before joining the EUACI team he served as Grants and Contracts Manager for the USAID funded international technical assistance projects ENGAGE and UNITER. Bohdan was responsible for ensuring a full cycle of awards and contracts processes. Mr. Boyko worked closely with national anti-corruption NGOs by means of monitoring of projects’ implementation and providing support for their activities. Prior to that Mr. Boyko was working at the position of Grants and Contracts Senior Program Officer at International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). He was responsible for the granting of awards and successfully provided legal support to conclusion of agreements on supply and installation of equipment to the recipients of Global Libraries Program across Ukraine. Overall, Bohdan Boyko has 10 years of various experience in a legal, grants and contracts management areas. Mr. Boyko holds masters degree in law from the Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine and in 2013 was admitted to National Bar Association (obtained a Bar Admission Certificate).
Serhiy Derkach, Anti-Corruption Investigation and Prosecution Expert
Serhiy Derkach is Anti-Corruption Investigation and Prosecution Expert of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Serhiy is a qualified lawyer who has been working as law enforcement officer for ten years, including four years – in United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia, and over four years of investigation experience with Ukrainian Police Service rising to the rank of major. From 2005 to 2015 Mr. Derkach served as Deputy Chief of the Ukrainian Peacekeeping Training Center responsible for the deployment of police peacekeeping personnel and ensuring effective oversight of all Ukrainian police officers seconded to United Nations and OSCE missions. Until recently Serhiy Derkach served as Anti-corruption expert of European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine, where he was providing strategic and operational advice the management of the newly-established anticorruption authorities of Ukraine. Mr. Derkach has master degree in Law from National University of Internal Affairs (Ukraine), Diploma on International Conflict Analysis from United Nations Institute of Peace (USA), Certificate in Law Enforcement Peacekeeping from The Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (Italy).
Halyna Kokhan, Anti-Corruption and Prevention Expert
Halyna Kokhan is Anti-Corruption and Prevention Expert of the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine. Her field of responsibility is building the capacity of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention and other partners in corruption prevention as well as assisting with the work of Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Committee. Until recently, Halyna served as the Anti-Corruption Policy Expert with the UNDP Project “Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity”, being responsible for the cooperation with state stakeholders in the anti-corruption field. Before this she worked in the Embassy of Denmark in Kyiv, National Institute for Strategic Studies, Transparency International Ukraine and other international CSOs. Ms. Kokhan holds a PhD in Political Science in I.F. Kuras Institute for Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, master’s degree with honors in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), certificate of the Advanced Security Studies from the George C. Marshall Center - European Center for Security Studies (Germany), certificate of the High-Level Exchange Program from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Germany) etc.
Katerina Bazayants, Finance and Administration Manager
Katerina Bazayants is Finance and Administration Manager of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Katerina has over 14 years of experience in financial management and administering different projects of International NGOs as well as outstanding experience of financial management in business area. She has strong knowledge of international financial reporting, international standards of procurement, administrative and HR management, planning and budgeting, management accounting, project management, grants management. Katerina has experience in managing projects from launching, registering to stable activity and close out phases. In particular, she was closely involved in launching the INL funded 'Supporting Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine' Project (IDLO), USAID funded project 'Improving Alcohol and Tobacco Control During Pregnancy' in Ukraine (URC), EU funded 'Community Based Approach to Local Development' Project (UNDP). She has Diploma in Linguistics, Finance, Accounting (Ukraine), passed various professional development courses in International Accounting (Switzerland), Project Management (USA).
Anastasiia Shevkoplias, Programme Administrative Associate
Anastasiia Shevkoplias is Programme Administrative Associate of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Has over 6 years of experience in project administration and communication processes in the international non-governmental field. At EUACI Anastasiia is responsible for supporting the coordination of work within the EUACI under the Project Implementation Unit. Before joining EUACI, Shevkoplias used to work as Administrative Manager in the Municipal Finance Strengthening Initiative roll-out project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Institute for Budgetary and Socio-Economic Research (IBSER). She organized Finance and Economic Forums, National Advisory Boards, regional workshops. Was IBSER website content manager. Was in charge of developing design and layout, distribution of IBSER's publications. Anastasiia graduated from Kyiv National Linguistic University with the specialist diploma in Applied (Computational) Linguistics and from Kyiv National Technology and Design University with the specialist diploma in Finance.
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.”
Dmytro Semianystyi, Communication Expert
Dmytro Semianystyi is Communication Expert of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Dmytro has almost 10 years of practical experience in the field of internal and external PR and media relations in large international and Ukrainian private companies as well as in Programmes and projects for international cooperation for development. During his career, Dmytro conducted multiple external press and corporate events; initiated, organized, and coordinated publications of interviews, columns and articles on behalf of his clients in order to raise awareness and reach out potential customers, partners, and communities. He also had experience working in different positions in PR field with responsibilities ranging from copywriting to external and government relations, as well as media relations. He has Diploma in Linguistics, passed various specialized training courses for PR and reputation management as well for project management.
Oleh Pasko, Information Technology Expert
Oleh Pasko is Information Technology Expert of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Oleh has over 20 years of experience in providing IT services for the law enforcement agencies in Ukraine and abroad. Mr Pasko has extensive knowledge of data management, analysis and visualization, data protection and information security, network resources administration. Before joining the EUACI team he served as an IT professional in the National Police of Ukraine and as a seconded IT officer in the United Nations Missions in Kosovo, Sudan, Liberia for 9 years in total. He graduated from the National University of Internal Affairs (Ukraine), specializing in law and information systems in management.
Iryna Martin, Specialist in Finance and Procurement
Iryna Martin is Specialist in Finance and Procurement of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. Iryna has more than 10 years’ experience in finance, consulting, administration and procurement in private and public sector. Before joining EUACI team Ms. Martin worked in the sphere of sustainable development and Parliamentary reforms in the EU financed projects (Community Based Approach to Local Development, Rada for Europe) implemented by UNDP. She holds Master’s Degree in Financial Economics from Kyiv School of Economics and University of Houston.
Viktoriia Popyk, Anti-Corruption Investigation and Prosecution Specialist
Viktoriia Popyk is Anti-Corruption Investigation and Prosecution Specialist of 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).
Torben Ulsted, Senior Programme Manager
Torben Ulsted is Senior Programme Manager of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative. He has held several senior management positions during his almost twenty years overseas, recently in Libya and Kosovo and before then ten years in Africa (Tanzania and Zambia). Torben’s most recent positions were for the EU CSDP Missions – in EUBAM Libya as Head of Administration, and in EULEX, Kosovo, where he served as Chief of Finance. During a decade in Africa, Torben held three different Senior Financial Adviser positions in Danida’s health- and agricultural sector development programs advising the respective ministries on financial matters and a position as a Portfolio Manager in the financial institution, Norsad, managing the portfolio of loans given to private sector companies in the entire SADC region. Prior to the overseas positions Mr. Ulsted worked in private sector companies in Denmark in various manager positions for twenty years. Mr. Ulsted has a professional background as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a master degree in Economics and Business Administration highly specialized in auditing and accounting.