Showman Volodymyr Zelensky has become the favorite of the first round of presidential elections, which took place in Ukraine on March 31. For some people, his more than 30% of the voters' support was quite unexpected, for some it was an expected outcome of his quite a successful election campaign.
Still, quite a lot of questions remain unanswered. And the key one is about his team – who to implement his project, so-called “Ukraine of his dream?”
So, today a list of representatives, advisers, and experts was published - the so-called brigade of the “Ze! Team.”
Dmytro Razumkov, Speaker on the issues of the election campaign, an expert on social and political issues
Political strategist and political analyst, managing partner, and director of the Ukrainian Politconsulting Group, as well as the eldest son of president Kuchma’s assistant Oleksandr Razumkov.
He has experience in commercial and public sectors and political parties. He was a member of the Party of Regions in 2006–2010, in 2010–2014 he worked with former Vice Prime Minister Serhiy Tigipko.
Ivan Bakanov, Election Headquarters Chief of the of Volodymyr Zelensky
A businessman, since 2013, has been the head of Studio Quarter 95 LLC, and since 2017 he has been the leader of Zelensky’s Servant of the People party.
Earlier in the media, there was information that Studio Quarter 95 LLC is rooted in Cyprus offshore. Its founder is Green Family Ltd, registered in Cyprus, in Nicosia.
Ruslan Stefanchuk, the ideologue of Servant of the People party
Doctor of Law, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.
Stefanchuk has numerous state awards, he has published over 500 scientific and educational works relating to the problems of the general theory of private law, personal property rights of individuals, etc.
At the end of 2017, President Poroshenko has made him an “Honored Worker of Science and Technology.”
Oleksandr Kornienko, Ze! Team Coordinator
Business coach, motivational speaker, development consultant, one of the founders and leaders of the Initiative Youth Union organization. He has conducted more than 100 training events for youth.
Mykhailo Fedorov, Ze! Team Digital Coordinator
Fedorov leads about 30 people who are engaged in social media activity.
Svyatoslav Yurash, Ze! Team representative
Founder of the Maidan international center and EuromaidanPR, a seven-language media outlet. Yurash has a merit award. He worked as a journalist in Donbas in 2014. Recently he became more famous due to the conflict with Ukrainian MP Oleg Barna, who jumped on Zelensky’s representative after a TV show (Barna was not invited to participate in the TV show, he made a special effort to come to the studio when the show was over).
Ukrainian politician of Lithuanian descent, in 2014-2016 he served as Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
According to him, he voluntarily resigned due to harsh pressure from Poroshenko’s associate Igor Kononenko, who forced the foreigner to sabotage reforms and cover corruption in the highest levels of government.
Prior to his political career in Ukraine, the official was a co-owner and one of the leaders of the Swedish investment company East Capital.
Former Minister of Finance of Ukraine. Before Euromaidan of 2013-2014, he worked as Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, freelance advisor to president Viktor Yanukovych, and head of the Coordination Center for the Implementation of Economic Reforms.
After Euromaidan, he became President’s Permanent Representative in the Cabinet of Ministers and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration and later entered the government as Minister of Finance.
He was fired by the Verkhovna Rada in June 2018. According to him, this happened due to the corruption lobby in the State Fiscal Service.
Former Deputy Minister of Justice and member of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention. Prior to that, he headed the Anti-Corruption Policy Analysis Department at Transparency International Ukraine.
Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, in addition, he was awarded the diploma of the Cabinet.
Serhiy Babak, an expert in education and science
Director of educational programs of the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, Ph.D., author of more than 60 scientific papers.
He has 20 years of scientific and teaching experience. For five years he has been working as a vice-head of a private university, for seven years he has been heading the scientific center of the National Academy of Sciences, was a member of the National Agency for Quality Assurance of Higher Education. Master of sports in motorsports, champion of Ukraine.
Iryna Venedyktova, a legal expert
Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of Civil Law Disciplines of the Kharkiv National University. Vice President of the Medical Law and Bioethics Foundation. She was engaged in the development of several bills in educational activities and anti-corruption sphere. Venedyktova is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Supreme Court, a member of the editorial boards of scientific journals.
Oleksandr Merezhko, an expert on the implementation of the system of E-government and democracy
Doctor of Law, Professor, Head of the Department of Law of the Kyiv National Linguistic University. Specialist in the field of international law, the theory of law, sociology of law, civil law. Author of more than 140 scientific papers, including 17 monographs.
Daniel Hetmantsev, an expert in taxation, public finance, banking law
Doctor of Law, Professor of Law Faculty of the Kyiv National University. President of the Association of Tax Advisors, member of the Academic Committee of the European Association of Tax Professors.
He is the author of over 250 publications on financial law, taxation, including 10 books and scientific and practical manuals. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Supreme Court.
Oleksandr Harebin, an expert in information and language policy, general policy issues
Political consultant and media manager. He worked in the National TV and Radio Company of Ukraine as the first deputy general director, until 2013 he was the manager of oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko.
Volodymyr Schulmeister, transport and infrastructure expert
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Director for the Future Infrastructure Program at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future. He worked at Mees Pierson / Fortis Bank in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and London (the UK), led several Ukrainian business projects (in retail, agricultural, manufacturing areas), in 2014 - 2015 he served as first deputy minister of the infrastructure of Ukraine.
Ruslan Rokhov, local and regional development expert
Founder and head of the School of Mayors, chairman of the Joint efforts NGO.
Vadym Galaychuk, lawyer
Lawyer and expert on constitutional, administrative and electoral law. Committee on Constitutional and Administrative Law Deputy Chairman at Ukrainian Lawyers’ Association.
At one time, he was the legal adviser of Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine political party.
Oleh Bondarenko, environmental and legal issues expert
Lawyer, chairman of the NGO All-Ukrainian Organization Green Fund on Overcoming humanitarian and environmental disasters.
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