Olga Aivazovska

Olga Aivazovska is Chair of the Ukrainian civil society organization OPORA and head of the board at the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors. She is currently displaced in Poland, where she works at the International Center of Ukrainian Victory.

Forced to flee Ukraine after the Russian invasion, Aivazovska has become one of the chief advocates for a special tribunal against Vladimir Putin and his associates. She is also leading a program that aims to document war crimes by the Russian military by speaking with refugees in Poland. Prior to Putin’s invasion, Aivazovska participated in negotiations with Russia to end the conflict in the Donbass.

She has been consistently named one of the top 100 most influential women in Ukraine, and comments regularly on Ukrainian politics, electoral reform, and the advancement of democracy.

Aivazovska is an alumnus of the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship on Democracy and Development at Stanford University, as well as the Ukrainian School of Political Studies.



The War in Ukraine: An Eyewitness Account with Olga Aivazovska

Forcibly displaced Ukrainian civil society leader and Chair of the NGO Opora, Olga Aivazovska, speaks at the 14th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On the Russian invasion of Ukraine: “There is nothing special about me, my only superpower is that I’m Ukrainian.”