Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Ukrainian Parliament
Hanna Hopko is the Head of the Committee on foreign affairs of the Ukrainian Parliament. She has a PhD in social communications. She was one of the leading members of the Civic Sector of EuroMaidan during the Revolution of Dignity. There she launched with other activists a coalition of Ukrainian NGOs “Reanimation Package of Reforms” focused on implementing reforms in Ukraine and served as an expert on the inter-factional parliamentary group. From 4 March 2016 a Member of the civil intiative # Vklyuchaysya (Switch on) aimed a direct action and advocacy. During the parliamentary elections that followed the EuroMaidan revolution, Hanna headed the list of the Samopomich (SelfReliance) Party and was elected into the Parliament of Ukraine where she was appointed as Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee on 4 December 2014. Hanna Hopko was expelled from Self Reliance on 31 August 2015 for her support of amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution that would lead to decentralization. Mrs. Hopko stated that the constitutional amendment was “an important step towards comprehensive change in Ukraine”. Now she is non-affl iated People’s Deputy. In 2014, Hanna was also named a “100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine, she received the “Certifi cate of Merit” at the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar, and was presented the National Democratic Institute’s “Democracy Award” for her efforts to further the cause of democracy in Ukraine. In her early career Hanna was active as an expert in advocacy, media and political communications, and also worked as a journalist. Hanna’s story “Supporting Ukraine’s struggle, the world is helping itself” was published at the newspaper “The Day” – Book “Ukraine Incognita. TOP 25”. Hanna is an expert in advocacy, media and political communications. She exercised her advocacy skills working for different technical assistance programs focused on the development of Ukrainian civil society and human rights defense (USAID, OSCE, NATO, UNEP, UNDP projects, Environment and Security Initiatives, etc). She worked with the Institute of Political Studies, the National Democracy Institute, the Parliamentary groups coalition “For Morality, Spirituality and Nation’s Health”. Hanna became a famous Ukrainian civil society activist being the coordinator of National Coalition of NGOs and Initiatives “For Smoke-Free Ukraine”. She advised the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat in Geneva. All in all, she developed a comprehensive experience in advocacy, including the co-founding and managing of Regional advocacy center “Life”. Hanna is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Children Hospital “Ohkmatdyt”.