British Embassy Kyiv
The British Embassy in Kyiv is pleased to support the Government of Ukraine with its reform agenda. This support includes sharing UK best practice in a wide range of areas, one of which is government communications.
As well as facilitating study visits to the UK, providing a UK comms adviser to the Ukrainian government and also sharing UK government communication models – the Embassy is also pleased to provide training in the area of communications to the Government of Ukraine staff.
The video e-learning cloud service allows this training to be delivered globally, with the content customised for Ukrainian colleagues. The trainers used are the same ones who train the UK government communicators.
Principal Sponsor: Melinda Simmons, British Ambassador to Ukraine
Melinda Simmons is British Ambassador to Ukraine, a post she has held since autumn 2019. Melinda represents both Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government, and she is responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, as well as visa and consular services.
Before taking up her Ambassadorship in Ukraine, Melinda spent eight months in language training, learning Ukrainian. Before this, Melinda was Director of the National Security Secretariat Joint Funds Unit, in which role she set up the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.
In earlier roles, Melinda has been Deputy Director of the Conflict Department at the Foreign Office and Deputy Director, Europe Department at the Department for International Development (DFID). At DFID Melinda worked across many portfolios and geographic areas including Humanitarian Emergency Response; the Middle East & North Africa Department; Country Head of DFID South Africa based in Pretoria; and Head of Africa Team at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005.
Melinda is a Modern Languages graduate with a Masters degree in European Politics, and she is married with two sons.
Project Lead: Matt Sinclair, UK Strategic Communication Adviser
Matt is a CIM qualified marketing and communications professional with 12 years’ experience across a range of sectors including government, consulting, legal and professional services. Matt is currently on loan from the UK to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Kyiv, Ukraine where he has worked since the summer of 2018. Before this, he served at the UK’s diplomatic mission in Islamabad as a Strategic Communication Adviser, working on shared projects between the UK and Pakistani governments.
Before being posted overseas, Matt worked at the Department for International Trade where he was part of the UK’s GREAT campaign team, working on projects to promote the UK abroad as a leading country to visit, invest and study. In this position, he worked on location on some of the UK Government’s most significant overseas projects including the UK Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan (2015), the British House at the Olympic Games in Rio (2016) and the UK Pavilion at the Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan (2017).
In Matt’s earlier career he spent ten years in the professional services sector in London before moving into government in 2014. Matt’s first role, post-university, was as an English teacher in Japan.
Government of Ukraine
The video e-learning cloud service is for communicators within the Government of Ukraine.
It is part of the broader support which the UK provides to Ukraine in the area of strategic communication.
Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dmytro Kuleba was born in 1981 in Sumy, Ukraine. In 2003, Mr Kuleba graduated with honours from the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko University (Kyiv, Ukraine), where he studied international law. In 2006 Mr.Kuleba obtained a PhD in Law. From 2003 to 2010 he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the OSCE.
He also worked at the office of Ukraine’s Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2013 in charge of the issues related to the image of Ukraine abroad, international organisations, relations with the United States. During January-June 2013, Mr.Kuleba served as an advisor to Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs.
After leaving the civil service in 2013, Mr Kuleba chaired the Board of the UART Foundation for Cultural Diplomacy. In 2014 Mr Kuleba returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Ambassador-at-Large to launch strategic communications. He introduced the concepts of digital diplomacy, strategic communications, cultural diplomacy and public diplomacy into the Ministry’s work. In 2016 Mr Kuleba was appointed as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe. From August 2019 to March 2020 he served as Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine and on March 04, 2020, he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Dmytro Kuleba is author of the book “The War for Reality. How to Win in the World of Fakes, Truths and Communities”. He is married and has two children.
Dr Sergiy Korsunsky, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine
Dr Sergiy Korsunsky has served as Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine since October 2017. He holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Ambassador Korsunsky’s previous positions include Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Turkey (2008-2016), Director-General of the Economic Department, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2008); Minister-Counselor and Acting Ambassador at the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA (2000-2005); Deputy Director, Department for Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (1999-2000); Counselor for Economy, Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel (1994-1998).
Ambassador Korsunsky has extensive professional experience with strategic planning and development, including energy, trade and investment policy, energy security, regional security, science and technology. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and is a well-known expert on the geopolitics of energy.
Donors & Beneficiaries