Ukraine’s Bid for Security
- Led by:Steve Clemons
In the Government, Olha Stefanishyna is in charge of Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO, as well as coordination of gender equality policies and the Green Deal.
Olga Stefanishyna is a professional lawyer with over 14 years of experience in the field of International and European Law. She started her career in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, holding the position of Deputy Director and then Director of the Department of International Law (Department of European Integration). From 2017 to 2019, she served as a Director-General in the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine and then had a private legal practice.
Olga Stefanishyna is well-known in professional circles as one of the most qualified ‘euro-integrators” of Ukraine. In the Ministry of Justice, she worked on the reforms which led to granting Ukraine the visa-free regime with the EU and took part in negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Under her leadership, a detailed plan for implementation and monitoring of the Agreement has been developed. In 2022, Olga the was leading Ukraine’s EU membership bid that resulted in granting EU candidate status to Ukraine.
Deputy Prime Minister Stefanishyna is a member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Olga Stefanishyna chairs the Ukrainian-Slovak Joint Commission on economic, industrial, and scientific-technical cooperation and the Ukrainian-German High-Level Group on economic cooperation.
Also, she chairs Ukraine’s Commission for Equal Rights for Women and Men. Under her leadership, Ukraine adopted its second National Action Plan to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. In 2022 was awarded the “Women for Peace and Security” Award by NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Deputy Prime Minister is a frequent commentator in the international media.
Olga Stefanishyna is a member of the Political Council of the party ‘Servant of the People’. In 2022, she received the Liberal Award from the European Liberal Forum.
Olga Stefanishyna holds a master’s degree in International law from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University.
Mother of two children.