Roman Hromyk

Roman Hromyk

international advocacy manager

I was born and raised in Lviv. In my highschool years I was interested in history, politics and international relations. At the age of 17 I went to Lithuania, where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from LCC International Administration. I went on to obtain a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Bologna.

During the breaks from studies I had been an observer for the parliamentary elections of 2012 and 2014 and for the presidential election of 2014 with CHESNO and OPORA. After having defended my Master’s thesis on the topic of power mechanisms and prospects of Ukrainian oligarchs in the autumn of 2015 I went back to Ukraine to become an advisor and assistant to the Member of Parliament Svitlana Zalishchuk.

It was during my time of cooperation with Svitlana when I first got acquainted with human rights defenders and their work. It was also then when I started realizing just how much work and efforts is needed to advance the endeavor to bring our society closer to the most developed countries in the area of human rights protection. After I finished my work at the Parliament of Ukraine, I taught at LCC International University for three academic semesters.  Among the main subjects I taught were “Advocacy and NGOs”, “Political communication”, “Introduction to PR” and “Introduction to International Development”.

In the summer of 2019 I came back to Kyiv and joined the ODIHR Special Monitoring Mission for the Parliamentary Election 2019 as an assistant to the Senior Political Analyst.

Human Rights for me is about dignity and safety. In the most developed societies every person has grounds to feel protected from lawlessness, violence and injustice. That is because aside from the basic rule of law, these societies build relations on the basis of respect for dignity and human rights. I felt a strong need to live in a society like that during the Revolution of Dignity, when the face of the alternative became very vivid.

I am happy to join the team of ZMINA because people are professional about and committed to protecting human rights in different areas here. I noticed a spark in the eyes of colleagues when they talk about the particular projects they currently work on – that is truly appealing to me. I am fond of winter, honesty in people, nature, there’s a lot of “The Strokes” in my playlist. I am a Liverpool FC fan from 2005.