Oleksandra Ustinova

  • Visiting Scholar, Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, 2018-19


Oleksandra Ustinova is the head of communications and Anti-Corruption in HealthCare Projects at the Anti-Corruption Action Center (ANTAC), in Kyiv, Ukraine. ANTAC is one of the leading watchdog organizations on anti-corruption reform in Ukraine and was one of the founders of new anti-corruption institutions in Ukraine.   Serving as a communication and advocacy expert over the last 10 years, Ustinova has successfully advocated for more than 20 national laws. Among them are laws that established new anticorruption and investigative bodies, that now investigate more than 500 criminal cases against politicians including Members of Parliament, Ministers, heads of the Central Election Committee, and the head of the tax service. Ustinova was the first Secretary of the Civil Oversight Council of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU)  - the first independent anti-corruption law enforcement institution in Ukraine. At ANTAC, Ustinova also manages the project “Anti-Corruption in Healthcare” and in 2015 advocated changes to the legislation so all medicine in Ukraine is procured via international organizations. As a result of this legislation, Ukraine has saved up to 40 percent of the state budget for medicine procurement each year.   Ustinova is an author and anchor of the investigative TV program called “Expensive Healthcare” on the TV-channel 24. She runs her own column on corruption in the Ukrainian healthcare system in one of the top media sites, Ukrainska Pravda. Before joining ANTAC, Ustinova worked as a consultant for the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) on Healthcare Reform in Ukraine, the All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV,  Patients of Ukraine, and managed communications in national advocacy campaigns for reduction of tobacco use    Ustinova has an MA in Political Science from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.  

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Ukrainian panelists speak to a packed room about the impact the second year of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has had on daily life, the global democratic order, and Ukraine's future.

Two Years of War and Ukraine’s Fight for Democracy Amid Stalled U.S. Support

A failure by the United States to continue military aid to Ukraine would put that country in the gravest peril and embolden Russia to launch more aggression against other European countries, Ukrainian leaders said last week during a discussion hosted by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.
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