- Israel Studies Program Manager, FSI
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Kateryna Tyminska is a former Ukrainian diplomat with wide experience in international affairs. She obtained her B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations and her Ph.D. Degree in Political Science from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine).
In 2008, Kateryna became the first Ukrainian legislative fellow to participate in the US Government-sponsored Legislative Education and Practice Program, serving with the Office of the Senate President of the Maine State Legislature. She also volunteered at Bangor Office for US Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME). Upon finishing her fellowship, Kateryna wrote a book on US Federalism and presented it to Georgian, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian local and state administrations, governmental agencies, and ministries. That legislative background was applied during Kateryna’s work as Legislative Fellows Program coordinator at American Councils for International Education in Kyiv, Ukraine and Washington, DC, USA.
For almost 10 years, Kateryna worked (part-time) as a Program Facilitator for the Open World Leadership Program under the US Library of Congress on professional exchange programs in the field of rule of law, human rights, and state and local legislatures.
From 2013-2016, Kateryna worked as Political Affairs Officer at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry and served as an OSCE Task Force member. She contributed to the establishment of a platform monitoring the human rights situation in Russia’s occupied territories in Ukraine – the Crimean peninsula and Donbas.
From 2016-2020 she served as Press and Cultural Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Ukraine in Sweden. During that period, she also served for three years as elected Chairwoman of the Association of Diplomats in Stockholm.
In 2018 she was a Country rapporteur at the Swedish High-Level Conference on ‘Women.Peace.Security’ under the auspices of the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Gen. Mikael Byden.
In 2020-2021 she received the Viktor Frankl academic fellowship at Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Europe (Stockholm, Sweden) and fostered international dialogue on combatting religious intolerance and hate crimes.
Kateryna’s international exchange experience includes studies at Wroclaw Institute of International Relations and Torun Mikolaj Kopiernik Institute of International Relations (both in Poland), as well as training programs with the OSCE Summer Academy in Stadtschlaining (Austria), Strategic Communications in Tallinn (Estonia) and Berlin (Germany), and a Senior Policy Advisor Course at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm (Sweden).
In addition to being a native speaker of Ukrainian, she is fluent in English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish, with intermediate command of Hebrew and Italian and basic levels of French and Turkish.