About Us

Geneva Branch of Ukrainian Society in Switzerland (Ukrainians in Geneva)

Our Mission

  • Support Ukrainians in Geneva with integration to Switzerland and to the Ukrainian diaspora.
  • Support Ukraine through our networks and activities in Geneva and Switzerland.

History

The Geneva Branch of the Ukrainian Society in Switzerland was created in September 2016 as a need to have an NGO which unites Ukrainian ex-pats in Geneva canton. Every month more and more families immigrate because of job reasons, and we are encouraged to help Ukrainians integrate into life in Switzerland. Our projects are described in detail in the Projects category.

While its lineage dates back to the beginning of the century, the Ukrainian Society in Switzerland was formally established in 1945 by resident Ukrainians as well as refugees and students, many of whom were unable to leave Switzerland after the Second World War. Its purpose was to: provide a venue for the contact between Ukrainians residing throughout Switzerland, organize social events, maintain and preserve Ukrainian culture in the Diaspora, inform about Ukrainian issues, and officially represent its members in the public sphere.

“We dream to create a better and safer future for all Ukrainians”

Organisation Structure of Ukrainians in Geneva

Christine Batruch – Advisory Board

Historian and lawyer by training, graduate of the University of Toronto and McGill University respectively, admitted as barrister and solicitor at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Based in Geneva, Ms. Batruch has worked in the non-profit, academic, and business sectors. Christine was liaison officer and assistant professor at the International Academy of the Environment.  As of 2021, she acts as Strategic Sustainability Advisor for the Lundin Group. Ms. Batruch has been a speaker in several international environmental, social, and governance (ESG) conferences and has lectured on ESG issues at international business schools (IMD, IMI-Kyiv, Business School of Lausanne) and universities (Dundee, Geneva, Stockholm). She has given interviews to RTS (Swiss national radio) on energy-related issues. In 2020, Ms. Batruch was recognized as one of the “top women influencers in the energy sector” by the Oil Council.

Ms. Batruch is President of the Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Family Foundation (Kyiv), a member of the Board of Directors of Josemaria Resources Inc. (Vancouver), of the Lundin Foundation (Vancouver), and is member of the Advisory Board of the Lundin Sustainability Chair at IMD. She is on the Advisory Editorial Board of I by IMD, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business (Oxford University Press), and of the Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Intelligence. Ms. Batruch has published sustainability and energy-related articles in the UCLA Review, the Journal of World Energy Law and Business, in the Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Intelligence.

Inna Akhtyrska – Head of Geneva Branch

Freelance journalist working in the EU specializing in higher education topics. Graduated with an Executive MBA degree from Kozminski University in Warsaw, MA in Political Science (PL) and MA in Journalism from Karazin Kharkiv National University (UA), studied also in the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA). Inna was a chief-editor of the English version of Ukrainian news internet portal gordonua.com, worked as International Relations Officer at Lodz University of Technology (PL), helped in the creation of Polish-Ukrainian centres in Ukraine, was a journalist for Perspektywy Press Education Magazine in Warsaw (PL) and a news reporter for TV channel Inter in Ukraine. Currently lives in Geneva leading several education projects in business schools.

Oles Ilchenko – Vice-Head of Geneva Branch

Poet, writer and scenario producer, has literature and environmental science education. The author of more than 30 books for children and adults, 7 poetic books, 2 romans and a story among them. Oles Ilchenko’s poems were translated into English, Serbian, German, Lithuanian, Russian. In the critic’s opinion, one of the best Ukrainian poets in free verse style. Member of three literature clubs. Was born in Kyiv, last five years lives near Geneva.

Oxana Kobzar – Secretary & Communication with media

PhD in Economics, an experienced specialist in the sphere of energy trade. For the last 12 years of her life, was taking posts as a trader in many European companies. All her free time spends supporting social and charity projects to help Ukraine. Created her own Foundation (2006-2013) to support the House for orphanages in the city of Bilopillia (Sumy region, Ukraine). Gathered more than 220’000 EUR to build the infrastructure of the Institution, bought lots of necessary things that were in lack before. Lives in Geneva and plays an active role in the work of Ukrainian Society of Switzerland Geneva Branch.

Tetyana Bilyk – Medical Aid and Supplies

Experienced manager with many years of experience in health care management in Ukraine and the CIS countries. Has a unique mix of professional experiences in UNICEF, non-governmental organizations and in the pharmaceutical business. Received pedagogical, economic and management higher education. In the last ten years has been supporting various charitable and volunteer projects. The last two years lives in Geneva.

Olena Neskorod – Humanitarian Aid Program Coordinator

Graduated from Donetsk National Technical University in accounting, worked as an accounting specialist in Donetsk and Kyiv. In 2009 emigrated to Geneva, was one of the activists to create the children club “Butterfly” (acting since 2013). Active participant in the life of the Ukrainian diaspora, as a Humanitarian Aid Program Coordinator helping to support orphanages and refugees from Ukraine.

Olga Bulankina – Education Project Manager

Holding Two Bachelors Degrees from Ukraine and Germany, Master Degree in International Management and PhD candidate in Cross-Cultural Management.  Proficient in English, German, French languages. Since 2011 undertaking leading positions in European universities in Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland.

More than 10 years experience in tailoring and implementing international exchange/ mobility programs for university students. Taking an active role in number NGOs including international students’ organization AIESEC – an international youth-run, non-governmental and non-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural internships, and global volunteer exchange experiences. The AIESEC network includes approx. 40,000 members in 120+ countries.

Anastasia Dulska – Juridicial support

Anastasiia is an Advocate (Ukraine) and an international dispute resolution lawyer specializing in public international law and based in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2018. Her practice concentrates on high-profile public international law and international trade matters, as well as international investment and commercial arbitration. She represents governments, state-owned entities, high-net-worth individuals and communities before international arbitral tribunals and intergovernmental adjudicatory bodies. Anastasiia has been trained in Ukraine and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Dispute Resolution from the Humboldt University of Berlin and Master and Bachelor diplomas (with honors) in International Law and International Economy from a top Ukrainian University. She also studied at The Hague Academy of International Law and the International Academy for Arbitration law in Paris. Anastasiia has ten years of overall legal experience in Switzerland, France, Germany, and Ukraine, and trained at the Ukrainian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Maryna Romanenkoour partner, president of Association DETI