Our guest lecturers

Sergii Leshchenko

Guest lecturer

Sergii Leshchenko is a Kyiv-based journalist, blogger, and press freedom activist elected in 2014 as Member of Ukrainian Parliament. He is a member of the parliamentary fraction of the party “Petro Poroshenko Blok”. Now he is Chairperson of the subcommittee on international cooperation and implementation of anti-corruption legislation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction. He is also a member of Interparliamentary group of cooperation with Norway.

He is the author of two books. ‘The American Saga of Pavlo Lazarenko’ is about investigations conducted by U.S. law enforcement agencies on former Ukrainian Prime Minister and ‘Mezhygirya Syndrom of Viktor Yanukovych’ is about corrupt previous Ukrainian regime.

Sergii Leshchenko publishes on regular basis opinion articles in POLITICO, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, EuroZine, Transit and number of Norwegian newspapers.

At Summer School for Norwegians and Ukrainians Sergii will talk about political climate in Ukraine. Internal and external challenges.

Steinar Bryn

Guest lecturer

Meet Steinar Bryn from Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue at Summer School for Norwegians and Ukrainians in Chernivtsi 2016. “The need for dialogue in Ukraine? Are experiences from Balkan relevant?”

Steinar Bryn holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He has been both a student, teacher, researcher and Acting Headmaster at the Nansen Academy. Since 1996 he has worked with the development of the Nansen Dialogue Network in the Balkans. He is responsible for the planning and implementation of inter-ethnic dialogue seminars in Lillehammer and the Western Balkans.

Bryn is a renowned expert on dialogue facilitation, working on documenting his experiences on peace and reconciliation work. He especially focuses on transferring his experiences from the Balkans to other conflict areas, including Ukraine and even Norway. He has received numerous awards for his work in war-torn societies like Vukovar, Prijedor, Srebrenica, Mitrovica and Kosovo Polje.”

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Karin Ellis

Guest lecturer

Karin is an IT engineer with 30 years of professional experience and 20 years of leadership experience from large international companies (including Hydro/Statoil, Yara and EDB/EVRY). Some of the teams reporting to her, were multicultural and distributed across several geographic locations.She has lived and worked in several countries (including England, Belgium, France, India, Malaysia, Ukraine, Tanzania). During her working career, she has participated in many international projects, where she worked closely with people from around the world. She soon developed a strong desire to understand and learn more about other cultures. For a number of years she has conducted systematic interviews with hundreds of people from around the world to gather information about the code of conduct and unwritten rules in different cultures.

In 2011 she started her own company, Ellis Culture, to be able to live out her passion of learning about other cultures, in addition to developing and conducting intercultural trainings. She emphasizes that the courses should be practical, job-related and have very specific tips on how to achieve better results in the targeted environment. The practical exercises in the courses are taken from her own experience in multicultural environments. Several thousand persons have attended courses since 2011; for example the courses are very popular among employees at universities in Norway.

Karin Ellis has since 2014 been the Honorary Consul in Bergen for the republic of Estonia in addition to being the managing director of Ellis Culture.

Arve Hansen

Guest lecturer

Arve Hansen is a research fellow and a PhD student at the University of Tromsø (UiT). His research field include: The war in Ukraine; The Ukrainian revolution; Eastern-European politics; Protests and social movements in the former Soviet Union.

Hansen holds an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Tromsø. His M.A dissertation was on the Ukrainian revolution, his B.A on the Belarusian transition from Soviet republic to the rule of Aliaksandr Lukashenka. He has spent more than eight years in Eastern Europe, where he has studied Russian in Belarus; worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine and Russia; and done field work in Kyiv since 2013.

At the Summer school in Chernivtsi Hansen will talk about the driving forces of the Ukrainian revolution.

Photo: Ellinor Egeberg

Olesya Shambur and Olga Zeleniuk

Guest lecturers

Olesya Shambur and Olga Zeleniuk created Ukrainian Center for Concordance in March 2014. The NGO is created to serve for:

-advancing understanding between community representatives of all Ukrainian regions;

-facilitating multilateral forums and providing a platform to enhance concordance;

-increasing public competence in peaceful conflict resolution;

-implementing a culture of alternative conflict management in Ukraine according to the world's best practices.

The Center's activities mainly focus on young people (students and young professionals), engaging them into dialogue and teaching this target group about non-violent conflict transformation. This is achieved through an online course on conflict resolution developed by UCC, workshops on conflict transformation, forums and round tables on reconciliation in Ukraine, showing of the "Reunion: 10 Years after the War" movie, and facilitated dialogue meetings.

Ukrainian Center of Concordance works in cooperation with American Councils, DVV-International, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, Odessa Regional Mediation Group, Institute for Peace and Common Ground and other organisations in Ukraine and across the globe.

In the Summer School Olesya and Olga will talk about Dialogue Meetings (Youth Forums) Analysis: Dynamics, Regional Particularities, Development throughout the Conflict

Myroslava Yarych

Teacher of the Ukrainian language

Myroslava is an assistant professor at the Department of English at Chernivtsi National University. She is also a graduate of this university. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Germanic languages but at the Summer School for Norwegians and Ukrainians she will teach Ukrainian language for our participants from Scandinavia. Myroslava is fond of reading books and traveling.

Oleksandr Rusnak

Teacher of History

Since 2008 Oleksandr has been working as an assistant of Chair of History of Ukraine at Chernivtsi University. He defended his thesis in History of Ukraine on the topic: "Socio-economic development of Northern Bukovyna and Hotyn Region in 1918-1940 years". He is also a member of the NGO "Institute of Bessarabia" and National Union of ethnographers of Ukraine. In addition Oleksandr is an assistant of the Member of Parliament of Ukraine - Grygoriy Timish. Oleksand is a co-author of number of scientific articles and monographs as well as active participant in more than 20 international scientific conferences.

Andrii Verstiak

Teacher of Economics

Assoc. Prof., PhD, Vice-dean on International Relations, Faculty of Economics. Participant of numerous Erasmus Mundus projects. Lecturer at German and Romanian Universities. Participant of international trainings related to European Studies, Bologna Process, EU Projects, Curricula development, Curricula Integration, Double diploma with EU Universities, Joint Degrees. The area of scientific interests covers a wide range of issues: national macroeconomic models, growth models, international trade models, interaction of national and regional economies, general equilibrium modeling of national economies, copula models. Teaching interests are also related to the usage of mathematical methods, models and information technologies in the study of economics and business informatics.

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