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Oleksandr Zaiets

IRF Board Chairman


Founder and head of the Institute for Religious Freedom. He has legal and theological education. For more than 20 years he has worked in the field of inter - faith dialogue and state - church relations. As an expert, he provides advice both to religious commun ities, and to the government, parliament, and local authorities in aim to establish an interaction between them and protect religious freedom. He has extensive experience in law - making and facilitation. He is the moderator of Roundtable on Religious Freedo m in Ukraine, which is a platform for dialogue between the faith - based organizations, human rights activists and officials.
Maksym Vasin

IRF Executive Director


He has been involved in human rights activities since 2001. Master of Laws. He has experience of successful advocacy campaigns in the field of the protection of religious freedom, both at the national and international levels. He is a co - author of several dozen bills and amendments to laws aimed at protecting and developing religious freedom in Ukraine, as well as the author of academic articles on the topic of church - state interaction. In 2019, he was a fellow of the Religio n and Rule of Law program, organ ized by the International Center for Law and Religious Studies at the University of Oxford.