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Dennis Bazilevych, Director

Dennis  Bazilevych, a strategic advisor and consultant to a number of commercial organizations and international technical assistance programs. Dennis has experience in public administration from his work in the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine in 2005-07.  He further gained new experience in good practice and deepened his understanding of the principles of successful cooperation between business, interest groups and the U.S. Congress during his placement  in the personal office of Congressman Walz in 2007-08 as a Fulbright/ APSA Congressional Fellow.

Dennis received his M.S. in International Economy in 2001 from the Odesa State Economic University. In 2012, he received his degree in International Law from the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. In 2005, Dennis was a presidential nominee for the Executive Business Leadership Program at Cambridge University, Great Britain. In 2006, he was selected as a John Smith Fellow and did  brief internships in the executive offices of the British government (Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Foreign Office, Treasury). In 2008, Dennis successfully completed the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at American University (Washington, DC). In 2015 - similar course in Brussels. 

Volodymyr Nesterovych, Board Member

Volodymyr Nesterovych – professor of the Luhansk State University of Internal Affairs named after E.O. Didorenko, member of the Coordination Council of Young Lawyers at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. In 2008 he defended his PhD dissertation «Constitutional and legal aspects of lobbying in the lawmaking process of Ukraine» (specialty 12.00.02 – constitutional law). In 2015 he defended his doctoral dissertation «Constitutional and legal basis of public influence on the adoption of legal acts: foreign and Ukrainian experience» (specialty 12.00.02 – constitutional law, municipal law).

Volodymyr Nesterovych is author of over 100 scientific publications on issues of constitution lobbying, institutional design of public influence on the adoption of legal acts, activity of non-governmental organizations, legal regulation of conflicts of interest and financing of election campaigns. The main scientific works: the monograph books «Constitutional and legal bases of the lobbying institute: international experience and prospects for Ukraine» (Luhansk, 2010); «Rule-making activity of the President of Ukraine and its software Lawmaking» (Kyiv, 2011); «Legal and cultural bases of research of state power» (Moscow, 2014); «The impact on the public adoption of legal acts: the problem of constitutional theory and practice» (Luhansk, 2014); textbooks «Collection of problems in the Constitutional Law of Ukraine» (Kyiv, 2011) and «Constitutional Law of Ukraine» (Luhansk, 2013).

Maksym Drabok, Board Member

Maksym Drabok is a Media Expert and a Producer for CBS (USA), ITN Channel 4 News (UK) and VRT (Belgium) in Ukraine. He covered for local and foreign media Maidan and the war in the East of Ukraine, especially Debaltsevo. He was an Associate Producer for CBS program «60 minutes» about the Revolution of Dignity and Chernobyl Catastrophe.

For 6 years he was a Head of the Inter Correspondent Office in the United States. His interview with President George W. Bush was the first interview with U.S. President granted exclusively for Ukrainian media. He also scored another first by hosting Sarah Obama, President Obama’s grandmother, in an exclusive interview in October 2008 from Kenya.

Maksym Drabok covered the Haiti Relief Operations and many other leading world events. He has reported from more than 40 countries. He is an author and anchorman of various TV projects.

He received his Master of Journalism degree (Diploma with Honors) from the National Taras Shevchenko University of  Kyiv. Maksym gets the second degree in “Law”.

Maksym Drabok is very experience in the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Ukraine. He’s covered seven election campaigns. (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014). And two Presidential election campaigns in the United States (2008 and 2012).

Vitaliy Zhuhay, Board Member

Vitaliy Zhuhay, Director of  Center for Journalist Support (NGO), Associate Professor at the Journalism Department of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University.  Author and host of a political TV program on TV Channel “Ukr Life TV”. He also worked for the Bid Committee “Lviv 2022”, he was a Project Coordinator at International Finance Corporation, holds a doctorate in philology in the field of journalism and taught journalism at Uzhhorod National University for 11 years.

He worked as a journalist on television, radio and in newspapers and participated in the implementation of projects for USAID, OSCE, Eurasia Foundation and Renaissance Foundation in Ukraine.

He studied at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich, was trained at the BBC World Service BBC in London and did research as a Fulbright grantee at the Kennan Institute (Washington, DC) and at Manhattan College of Communications (New York City). He authored several books on Ukrainian diaspora as well as a series of articles on media quality criteria.

Volodymyr Bogatyr, Institute Advisor


Volodymyr Bohatyr is an Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, the Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine from March 2007 through March 2011. Prior to his work at the Ministry of Justice Mr. Bohatyr practiced law as a litigator and held senior positions in the public and private sector as legal counsel. 

Mr. Bohatyr has received acclamation from the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine for his honorable contribution towards combating organized crime and corruption. Ukraine’s legislature has noted that Mr. Bohatyr has made, "significant personal contribution to the consolidation of efforts of state and society in combating corruption and organized crime." He was also recently awarded with "Honorary Sign of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine", an award from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine highlighting his role in the promotion of law enforcement bodies in Ukraine. 

A graduate of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Mr. Bohatyr has made learning a lifelong endeavor. Participating in the International Center for Privatization and Investment Management in 2000,  the Ukrainian School of Political Studies in 2009, the Summer University of Democracy Council of Europe (France) in 2009, the European Institute of Public Administration (Netherlands and Belgium) in 2010, and a U.S. sponsored International Leadership Program, also in 2010. 



James Thurber, Senior Institute Advisor

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies ( at American University, in Washington, D.C., which marked its 30th Anniversary in 2009. Under his direction, CCPS organizes the Campaign Management Institute, the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, and the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. He was the principal investigator of a seven year grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to study campaign conduct and a four year study of lobbying and ethics from the Committee for Economic Development. Dr. Thurber has been on the faculty at American University since 1974 and was honored as the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1996. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has worked on four congressional reorganization efforts since 1976. He was legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Hubert H. Humphrey, William Brock, Adlai Stevenson III, and U.S. Representative David Obey. He worked with Senator Barak Obama on ethics and lobbying reforms. He was Director of the Battelle Memorial Institute’s Human Affairs Research Centers (DC).


Emma MacLennan, Senior Institute Advisor


Emma MacLennan is Director of MacLennan Ward Research Ltd, an international public policy consultancy, and Organiser of the FIA Foundation Global Road Safety Scholarship Programme. She is the Director of EASST – the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport – a UK registered road safety charity. She is also the Advisor to two All Party Parliamentary Groups in the UK Parliament - on EU Enlargement and Moldova - and a Special Advisor to the Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen. From 1999 to  January 2008 she was the Director of the John Smith Memorial Trust. The Trust’s main activity is the John Smith Fellowship Programme, a good governance scholarship sponsored by the UK Ministry of Justice and aimed at talented young leaders from the former Soviet Union. Prior to this she was Advisor to the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP (now Lord Smith); to the late, Rt Hon Donald Dewar QC, MP; and Policy Officer on Social Security and Taxation for the Labour Party in the UK.

Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Senior Institute Advisor

Director of International and Investor Relations

System Capital Management

Jock Mendoza-Wilson has been SCM's Director of International and Investor Relations since December 2006.

SCM invited him to the position of Director of Corporate Communications in 2005.

In 2004 Mr Mendoza-Wilson worked for international communications consultancy Mmd as the Regional Director for Eastern Europe.

From 1999 to 2004 Jock Mendoza-Wilson was with Promoseven Weber Shandwick PR in Dubai where he worked as Regional Director covering the Middle East and North Africa. He advised the US government on aspects of their public diplomacy programme in the Middle East and provided recommendations to other governments in the region.

In 1989 Mr Mendoza-Wilson founded his own public relations consultancy in London where he dealt with litigation, public affairs and corporate communications.

He started his career in Ford Europe in 1984 and in 1985 moved to Haymarket, the largest publishing company in the United Kingdom.

His responsibilities include development and implementation of communications strategies as well as realization of communication programmes for establishing contacts with governmental structures, financial institutions, international media and other organizations.

In 1984 Jock Mendoza-Wilson graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a degree in Economics.

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