Head of the Governing Council
Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs of Ukraine (2016-2019), PhD in Law, certified expert on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing
Vadym Chernysh became one of the founders of the Center in 2012.
He has many years of experience in the banking sector, worked as a lawyer, a specialist in banking security.
In the period from 1998 till 2000, he taught legal disciplines. For about 15 years he was engaged in advocacy activities, was a Deputy of Kirovohrad Regional Council. He was a Head of the Kirovohrad Regional State Administration in 2006-2007.
He was a member of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine in 2007.
In 2008, he became vice-president of the Kirovohrad Regional Center of Public Information and Socio-Political Studies. And in 2012 he founded the Center for Security Studies “CENSS”, which he headed for several years.
From June 2015 till April 2016, Vadym Chernysh served as Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Donbas Recovery.
From April 14, 2016 till August 29, 2019, he was Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.
Competences and areas of interest
In 2009 and 2010, Vadym Chernysh completed a training and internship course on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing in the United States and received the relevant certificate from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists – ACAMS, USA.
In the period from 2015 till 2016, he was a negotiator in the Minsk process for the peaceful settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine (Trilateral Contact Group ).
Over the past 5 years, he has paid special attention to security issues, global competition between states, hybrid warfare (including information, economic, political spheres), formation and realization of state policy on conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
He has been a speaker at international conferences and forums, including: Aspen Security Forum (Aspen Institute, USA), Oslo Forum (Norway), Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development (SIPRI, Sweden), Fragility Forum (World Bank, USA) and others.
Vadym Chernysh holds a PhD in law, his thesis work is devoted to the issues of administrative and legal bases of control over the activities of intelligence agencies of Ukraine.
He teaches the author’s course “National Security” for master’s students in “Public Administration” and “Conflict Resolution and Mediation”.