Viktor Zagreba Yulia Nazarenko Vasyl Andreyev (online) Uwe Optenhögel Bartosz Rydliński Valeriya Izhyk (chair)
Politics has often shunned values and long term consequences of this are coming back to bite us. Legacy of war in Iraq has contributed to scepticism of the ethical dimension of international engagement by Western countries. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) concept has been rejected in much of the Global South. There is danger in dismissing all non-realpolitik motives in international relations. Constructing long-lasting political negotiated solutions becomes more difficult without a common basis of valuing the same principles, chief among them the adherence to human rights. Construction of a better world order without values-based convictions of parties at the negtiating table is near-impossible. On the other hand, there is a challenge for champions of ethics – the civil society and human rights organisations and religious figures – to translate their advocacy into language of solutions and policy outcomes. Without strategised, efficient outcomes human rights advocacy for example may become just a side exercise to the main scene of social change, large scale processes and political-economic transformations. The convictions in values-led politics must be upheld by the public, by the opinion leaders and ultimately by policymakers and political leaders.
Ignoring values comes at a cost already. Climate crisis shows how zero-sum thinking is absolutely counterproductive and leads to lose-lose outcomes. Covid pandemic has shown us how devastatingly disruptive the loss of trust in public service orientation of institutions was. Hard adversarial conflicts have high stakes including many human lives. Russian aggression on Ukraine has reminded Europe that peace is not assured when human lives are not valued. Can global politics revive its interest in human rights and protection of human and ecology-centred principles?
Ukrainian consultant and expert in communication policy, advisor Ministry of Infrastructure in Ukraine (2018–2020)
Ukrainian consultant and expert in communication policy, currently residing and working in Germany. His expertise lies in sustainable mobility solutions and transportation systems, including zero-emission transport, railways, cycling, and intermodality. Victor holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland as a Fulbright scholar, and he has also studied sustainable development in Sweden. He often serves as a team leader and key expert in consulting projects for cities in Ukraine. In the past, he worked at the Ministry of Infrastructure in Ukraine and served as an advisor to two Ministers of Infrastructure from 2018 to 2020.
Senior analyst, area coordinator for education policy, CEDOS
Member of the CEDOS team since 2018. A graduate and master of history from the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.” She has been involved in research on sex education in Ukrainian schools and the collaboration between the civil climate movement and authorities. In 2020, she conducted studies on the motivation of applicants to choose higher education, leisure time, and cultural needs of urban youth in Ukraine, climate justice, and the impact of climate change on vulnerable social groups in Ukrainian cities. Additionally, she monitored the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on education.
President of the Construction and Building Materials Workers Union of Ukraine (PROFBUD)
President of the Construction and Building Materials Workers Union of Ukraine (PROFBUD), which brings together over 60,000 workers. PROFBUD is an active player in the Ukrainian labor movement, which is currently facing enormous challenges with the new government proposal on labor reform. Andreyev was part of the delegation of Ukrainian trade unions in Brussels on January 22-23, 2020, appealing to European and international institutions for attention to labor issues in Ukraine.
Vice-President of The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES)
Political scientist and economist with expertise in European and International Politics, Security and Defence policy, Labour Relations, and the Role of Think-Tanks and Foundations. He earned his master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Hamburg. Throughout his extensive career, Uwe worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) for over two decades, both in countries of the global south (Brazil, Madagascar/Mauritius, Cuba/Dominican Republic) and the global north (Nordic Countries, Belgium). His roles included heading FES offices abroad and serving as the head of the Foundation’s EU office in Brussels until 2018. He played a pivotal role in establishing FES’s network of offices in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus after 1989. Uwe also served as the International Director of the Foundation from 1999 to 2004. Before his time at FES, he worked as a research associate at the Cultural Authority of the city of Hamburg, a visiting lecturer at the University of Hamburg, and as the CEO of an international language cooperative in Lisbon, Portugal (1982-1984). In addition to his work for FES, Uwe Optenhögel has operated as a freelance political analyst and consultant for numerous public and private organizations in Germany, Europe, and beyond. From 2016-2017, he served as the network coordinator of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) in Brussels. Since 2017, he has been a publisher at the traditional German publishing house J.H.W. Dietz.
Co-founder of the Ignacy Daszyński Center, Assistant professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Holds Ph.D. in political science, a co-founder of the Ignacy Daszyński Center. In 2013, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled “Political Thought of Naomi Klein in the Context of Neoliberal Capitalism” at UKSW with honors. He is a graduate of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) Diplomatic Academy. He was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University in 2014 and a former fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a member of international analytical and research networks: the Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security (YGLN) at the European Leadership Network (United Kingdom) and the Fresh Look at Eastern European Trends (FLEET) at the FES Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe (Austria). He has conducted classes and guest lectures at universities in the USA, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, North Macedonia, and Slovenia.
Valeriya Izhyk (chair)
EU Policy Officer (Ukraine Reconstruction) at CEE Bankwatch Network
EU Policy Officer focused on Ukraine Reconstruction at the CEE Bankwatch Network. Before joining Bankwatch, she led the electricity workstream at the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) in Brussels. She has also worked in the Ukrainian Government, where she played a key role in aligning Ukrainian science and education policies with EU standards. Valeriya holds a master’s degree in European Politics and Governance from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
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