Mar’yana is the Senior Adviser to the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB).
She is a passionate advocate for human rights and possesses extensive experience in international project management.
Mar’yana joined IPPFoRB in 2016 and contributes towards the planning and strategic development of the project. Her responsibilities encompass cooperation with donors and regional partners, developing further the parliamentarians’ network and overseeing monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning within the project. Furthermore, Mar’yana is responsible for organising and coordinating high-profile international conferences and meetings on freedom of religion or belief. These gatherings bring together parliamentarians and key stakeholders to address pressing issues in the field.
Mar’yana was born in Ukraine and lived in Italy for a decade, where she combined studies of Political Sciences with employment as an Immigration Officer in a local association. It is through these experiences that her commitment to human rights deepened, having witnessed the challenges faced by migrant workers in different countries.
“Working with human rights makes me often reflect how in every situation, even the most difficult and complicated, each one of us has the privilege of making a difference, of introducing an element of unpredictability into the order of things.”
Mar’yana holds a bachelor’s degree in political sciences from the University of Calabria (Italy), a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Uzhgorod (Ukraine), and a Master of Philosophy in Human Rights from the University of Oslo (Norway). Recently, she completed the Executive Master Course in Project Management at the Oslo Business School BI, further enhancing her expertise in this area.
In addition to being fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, Mar’yana is proficient in Italian and English. She also endeavours to improve her proficiency in Norwegian.
Overall, Mar’yana’s dedication to learning from human rights and development projects to amplify their positive impact on communities and individuals drives her ongoing pursuit of personal and professional growth in this field.