The European Centre for Freedom and Independence

We strengthen the competencies of Ukrainian professionals by providing them with European experience and engaging them in the reconstruction of Ukraine and its integration into the EU.

Our mission is to promote a united Europe, support rebuilding Ukraine and its EU integration

Key areas of our activities

  • building democracy;

  • human rights and gender equality;

  • developing an effective society;

  • supporting rebuilding of Ukraine;

  • knowledge and experience exchange for professionals in various fields.

We are a Vienna-based NGO founded after the full-scale invasion in Ukraine started in February 2022

Advisor and former long-term CEO and program manager of the Kyiv-based Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Family Foundation (non-formal education for young professionals and reformers in Ukraine in 2010-2022), Associate Member of the World Academy of Arts and Science, Masters in Philology and Pedagogics, graduate of MIM Business School, Ukraine.

Expert on reforms in Ukraine, 20+ years of experience working with international organisations, head of the Young Generation will Change Ukraine Alumni NGO, Master of Law, Master of Business Administration, graduate of London School of Economics program on Public Policy Innovations.

Co-founder of the National Park Serra das Andorinhas on the Amazon frontier. Manager of organic farm in Upper Austria. 4 years of community work in Brasil until 2002. MA in Applied Anthropology for Community and Youth Work, London University.

Journalist, ex-chief editor of online media, 10 years of experience working in mass media, participant of the Young Generation will Change Ukraine Alumni NGO, Master of Publishing and Editing.

Olena Bekreniova

Co-Founder and Director

Olga Olefirova

Co-Founder and Deputy Director

Our Team

Nina Metternich-Sándor

Strategic Partnership

Valeriia Ilchenko

PR and Communications

We focus on

European Experience for Professionals

Rebuilding of Ukraine

Our programs are designed for Ukrainian professionals with higher education and work experience, residing in Ukraine or elsewhere worldwide, aiming to advance their careers in specific fields while maintaining an active civic engagement.

We perceive it as the reconstruction of Ukraine based on the principles of democracy and transparency, while considering European values and Ukraine's commitments under the Association Agreement with the European Union.

Our partners