Independent Expert, Peace and Security

Ms. Maryna Domushkina has expertise in peace and security, focusing on negotiations and protection of civilians in conflict and complex emergencies. Maryna holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Studies, along with nine years of professional experience, including in the OSCE and UN.   

Most recently, Ms. Domushkina was providing political and mediation advisory to the UN in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, where she was one of three negotiators setting up the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul and operationalize the agreement.  

Earlier, she was an advisor at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva and an expert in UNICEF, Save the Children, and Geneva Call, working on child protection and the protection of civilians in conflict settings. From 2016-2020, she worked as a human rights officer in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, spending most of her time in conflict-affected Donbas regions in Ukraine, where she documented human rights violations, identified security and protection issues of concern and contributed to the negotiations with the armed- formations to ensure respect of socio-economic rights and facilitate freedom of movement of civilians and access to services. Maryna also worked with UNHCR, UN OSRSG CAAC, and IOM.