Kyiv Security Forum


Member of the Board, Head of International Security Studies, "Ukrainian Prism"

Hanna Shelest, PhD, Editor-in-chief at UA: Ukraine Analytica and Member of the Board at the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism". 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 is 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); Ukrainian Peacebuilding School (2014-2017); Humanitarian Dialogue Center, Switzerland (2015-2016); Elaborating recommendations on the Ukraine OSCE Chairmanship (2012-2013); Visa liberalization regime (2011-2013) etc.

Her main research interests are foreign policy of Ukraine, conflicts resolution, security and cooperation, especially in the Wider Black Sea Region and the Middle East. She has more than 50 academic and more than 100 articles in media published worldwide. She is regular presenter at the international conferences and commenter for the media.

Dr. Shelest is a Rotary Peace Fellow 2010, Black Sea Young Reformer 2011, John Smith Fellow 2012, and Marshall Memorial Fellow 2016.