Brussels Forum Session: A Conversation on the Human Side of Rebuilding Ukraine: Voices From Civil Society

Mariya Heletiy serves as deputy chief of party for USAID’s five-year “Ukraine Civil Society Sectoral Support Activity”, which is implemented by a consortium of Ednannia, the Center for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM), and the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR). Heletiy has more than 15 years of experience in international organizations, development projects, and public institutions (Ukrainian Parliament and Government). Since 2014, she has been working on improving the legal environment and strengthening organizational capacity for civil society organizations. She has coordinated various projects for protecting civil society in Ukraine. She also founded and managed the European Information and Research Center of the Verkhovna Rada (currently Research Service of the Parliament). She managed political process and elections projects at the USAID mission in Ukraine, and security projects at the Open Ukraine Foundation.

Heletiy earned her master's degree and PhD in international relations, focusing on conflicts in the Balkans and their resolution. She was also engaged in research assignments at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York and the University of California, Berkeley.