Lisa Yasko

Lisa Yasko is a Ukrainian politician, cultural affairs expert, and film producer.

Yasko has served as a member of the Ukrainian Parliament since 2019 and is a member of the Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation. She is the head of inter-parliamentary cooperation, bilateral and multilateral relationships, as well as the leader of all-party parliamentary group “Happy Ukraine”, aiming to foster the development of happiness in Ukrainian society and facilitate social dialogue, well-being, a feeling of security, and hope for the future. Her focus in her parliamentary work is the protection of territorial integrity and national security issues, the development of economic reforms, and working towards the de-occupation of Crimea and Donbass.

In 2019, Yasko was the Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and under her leadership, the Ukrainian Delegation refrained from participating in the PACE 2019 Autumn session to protest against Russia’s reinstatement to the Assembly without meeting the requirements of the Assembly resolutions adopted in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. In January 2021, she became a permanent member of PACE’s Monitoring Committee and in February 2021, she was elected permanent representative of Ukraine to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

In addition, Yasko founded the initiative “Yellow Blue Strategy,” aimed at promoting the development of cultural diplomacy, creative economy, education, and public policy in Ukraine. Yasko also worked as a producer for the documentary film “Crimea: Russia’s Dark Secret” for Al Jazeera, as well as for a series of documentaries on the history of the Soviet KGB. she is also a musician, and composes and performs music. Yasko has an MPP from the University of Oxford and an MPhil in Political Science from the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv.

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