Hanna Shelest is a Curator of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School and Head of the Board of the NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation”. She is also an Editor-in-Chief of the analytical journal UA: Ukraine Analytica. Prior to this, she served for more than 10 years as a Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine, Odessa Branch. Her previous professional experience also includes the press service of the Governor of the Odessa region, lecturing at Odessa National University and Regional Coordinator for the European Business Association. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. In 2014 Dr. Shelest served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Her main research areas are conflicts resolution, security and cooperation, especially in the Wider Black Sea Region and the Middle East, and Ukrainian foreign policy. She has published more than 50 academic articles and more than 100 articles published in the media in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Sweden, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Switzerland, the USA, the UK and Romania. She is regular presenter at international conferences and a commenter for the media. Dr. Shelest was a Rotary Peace Fellow in 2010, a Black Sea Young Reformer in 2011, a John Smith Fellow in 2012 and a Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2015/2016.