Veronika Velch (@VeronikaVelch) is Associate Fellow for National Security at the Rainey Center, and Advocacy Director at Ridgley|Walsh, where she advises tech industry leaders on strategic communications, message development, and profile building.
Veronika is an expert in Ukrainian and Russian politics and has extensive experience with international human rights and political campaigns. In 2013, Veronika worked at the international broadcasting service Voice of America. She later took part in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity and led communications for the CHESNO Civil Movement to advance fair election practices in Ukraine. She also co-founded a Ukrainian national initiative, “Follow the Money,” advocating for political finance transparency.
Veronika holds a Master of Professional Studies degree in Advocacy in the Global Environment from The George Washington University. She received a PhD in International Relations from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian and was recently named a recipient of the Mark and Debbie Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Award for advocacy work protecting human rights around the world.