Director of Operations

Raya Shadursky

Raya Shadursky has held senior management positions in the private and non- profit sectors, including Western Regional Director, Institute of Canadian Bankers, and Canadian Director of the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist program. She has served as President, Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation; member of the National Executive and Chair of the Communications Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress; Chair of Family Council for the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre; Chair, Vision Committee for the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada; Member of the Organizing Committee and Workshop Moderator for the Forum for Central and Eastern European Business Development; Board Director for the National Council of Ethnic Canadian Business and Professional Associations; and Executive Director of the Toronto Ukrainian Festival. Raya is a current Board Director and Chair of the Quality and Risk Committee for the Ivan Franko Homes.

Director of Communications

Natalia A. Feduschak

Natalia A. Feduschak joined UJE in October 2013. With more than twenty years of international journalism experience, she has spent much of her career covering the former Soviet Union, from the empire’s breakup to the challenges faced by newly independent states. She has written for leading publications in Europe and North America, including the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Washington Times, the Denver Post, and the Kyiv Post. She was a Fulbright Scholar as well as an International Health Journalism Fellow with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Ukraine, and a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC. Feduschak holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Regional Manager, Ukraine

Vladyslav Hrynevych, Jr.

Vladyslav Vladyslavovych Hrynevych joined UJE in 2016. He was a specialist in the Legal Department of the Division of Legal Support and Monitoring at the Institute of Innovative Technologies and Education Content at the Ministry of Science and Education, Youth, and Sports of Ukraine, and has served on the commission overseeing a competition of textbooks for secondary schools. He has worked at the National Agency of Ukraine to Prepare EURO-2012, as well as in Ukraine’s Ministry of Regional Development, Building, and Housing. He completed graduate studies at the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine and is a Lieutenant in the Reserves at the Military Training Department of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University.


Liaison, Israel

Shimon Briman

Shimon Briman is an Israeli journalist and historian born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He graduated with an M.A. in History from Karazin Kharkiv National University, where he specialized in the history of Jews in Ukraine, the Russian Empire, and the USSR. Briman is a member of Israel’s National Union of Journalists and has published several thousand articles in the media of Israel, Ukraine, and the U.S., as well as dozens of articles in scholarly journals. Briman writes on Ukrainian-Jewish relations, the Holocaust in Ukraine, and historical memory, as well as on current cooperation between Ukraine and Israel. He has conducted exclusive interviews with leading Ukrainian political personalities, and often appears in the Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv, The Jerusalem Post, as well as on Israel’s TV Channel 9.