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Olena Khylko performs the function of a Programme Director, Ukraine and Eastern Europe at GLOBSEC Policy Institute think tank in Bratislava. Her current research focus is regional dimension of Russian aggression against Ukraine and resilience-building in the region. Olena holds Ph.D. in Political Sciences and MA in International Relations.

Before coming to GLOBSEC Olena worked as a Professor and Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv (Ukraine), specializing in security studies, EU integration processes, foreign policy of Ukraine, East European region, national and regional identity. Olena has previous experience of work in Ukrainian analytical think-tank and consultancy for public sector. She has a number of publications – both academic and policy papers.