Hanna Shelest


Hanna Shelest, PhD, Member of the Board at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and Editor-in-chief at UA: Ukraine Analytica. Prior to this, she had served for more than 10 years as a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine, Odessa Branch. In 2014, Dr. Shelest served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Dr. Shelest was an adviser of the Working Group preparing Ukrainian Navy Strategy 2035.

Previously she had experience in PR and lobbying for government and business, as well as teaching at Odessa National University. Dr. Shelest led projects of the Scorecards of the Ukrainian Foreign Policy (2016-2019); The Hybrid War Decade: Lessons Learned to Move Forward Successfully (2019), Foreign Policy Recommendations to the Parliament of Ukraine (2017-2018); Ukrainian Naval Forces Strategic Appraisal (2018); etc. Her main research interests are foreign policy of Ukraine, conflicts resolution, international and national security. Dr. Shelest is a Rotary Peace Fellow 2010, Black Sea Young Reformer 2011, John Smith Fellow 2012, and Marshall Memorial Fellow 2016, Think Visegrad Fellow 2019

”Whoever is afraid of feminism, is afraid to admit and accept that, fundamentally, women are strong beings. In various societies, over centuries, political leaders have made use of many skills and tricks to keep women power under control. On the other hand, power comes with responsibility – always. Admitting that you are strong means taking responsibility for this power. Sometimes that overwhelms.”

Liliana Popescu
Vice-Rector SNSPA
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