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Expertise: Eastern Europe / Ukraine / U.S.-Ukraine relations / EU-Ukraine relations / Transatlantic relations / Ukrainian foreign policy / democracy / governance / civil society / international development Related Topics:

Olena Prokopenko is a visiting fellow at the GMF, focusing on U.S.-Ukraine and EU-Ukraine relations. She is a co-founder of the Transatlantic Task Force on Ukraine established by GMF and partner organizations in 2018 to strengthen global support for the Ukrainian reforms.

Prokopenko previously chaired international relations at Ukraine’s largest civil society coalition Reanimation Package of Reforms. She served as an advocacy expert for the UNDP and a civil society expert for the Council of Europe. She also worked as an advisor to the minister of finance of Ukraine and a government relations manager at Hill+Knowlton Strategies consultancy. Today she serves as a development advisor at the Embassy of Denmark in Kyiv.

Prokopenko has been published by Newsweek, Atlantic Council, Kyiv Post, and Business Ukraine and quoted by multiple foreign media on the issues of Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts, civil society development, national security, and economic growth.

She is a lawyer by training and an alumna of the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program of the U.S. Department of State in public policy. Prokopenko holds a master’s degree in political science from Western Illinois University. She tweets at @O_Prokopenko_IR.