Liudmyla Yankina

Liudmyla Yankina

project coordinator

Ukrainian human rights defender. Project manager at Human Rights Centre ZMINA.

Joined the implementation of ZMINA human rights projects in 2015. Since then, Liudmyla initiated and has been heading one of the strategic directions of the organization “Freedom of movement for everyone: Reform of the system of registration of place of residence in Ukraine” aimed at changing the current system of registration of place of residence from a permit system to a notification system. Also heads the strategic direction of the protection of civil society activists and human rights defenders and is a mentor of CEDEM program to strengthen the advocacy and communication capabilities of civil society organizations.

Since 2016, has been involved in documenting attacks on human rights defenders and activists and implementing the Community Policing concept, establishing effective interaction between the police and communities throughout Ukraine to increase the level of local security.

Began her activity in the civil society sector in 2014 by heading the marketing and strategic development direction in the team of the Innovation Development Center at NaUKMA, which initiated the process of e-democracy in Ukraine.

Before the Revolution of Dignity, worked for eight years in the business sector at the intersection of several directions: sales management, marketing, educational projects, and customer relationship management. Worked at such organizations as Analytical Center pro.mova, Companion Group Publishing House, Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (kmbs). Has experience in moderating closed focus groups and facilitating public discussions.

During the Revolution of Dignity, was an active volunteer, coordinating a volunteer network of more than 150 people at Hromadske TV, initiated the project to launch the first English-language simultaneous interpretation on the air. Also was a medical volunteer.


Psychologist and a nurse by formal education. Completed the following courses: School of Political Studies of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives and the Library of Parliament of Canada, two-level Human Rights School of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, Polish program “Principles of Western Journalism” (IrexProMedia) and open management development programs in sales management, leadership, marketing management, finance for non-financial managers, and the art of negotiation (kmbs).