Ukraine appoints 25-year-old to top EU integration post

A young woman who obtained her master’s degree three years ago now oversees kyiv’s European integration in the field of social policy

A young Ukrainian woman, who graduated from a university in kyiv with a master’s degree in journalism just three years ago, has been appointed as the country’s deputy minister of social policy, responsible for European integration.

Anna Sergeeva, born in 1986, was promoted to this position on June 10 when she had practically no experience in the civil service. She previously ran a management consulting firm.

The new deputy minister seems to have had very little involvement in public administration before her appointment by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmygal.

According to her profile published by the ministry, Sergeeva graduated from Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv, majoring in journalism. She also earned a master’s degree in the same field at the same university the following year. In 2021, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree, this time in law, and is now undertaking further postgraduate studies in journalism.

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Between 2019 and 2022, she also ran a management consulting firm called Service Revisor. The company, which according to Ukrainian media provided services to hair salons and beauty salons, still lists Sergeeva as its owner and “ultimate beneficiary”.

According to her Facebook page, she also worked for the news service of the Ukrainian television channel “1+1”, as well as for the BBC before her appointment to the ministerial post. She is also said to be a successful blogger with over 92,000 followers on Instagram. However, her account on the platform was recently set to private.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy also added that Sergeeva was “actively participates in public activities” over the past four years as she contributed to the “socialization of physically and mentally handicapped children”, as well as support for single elderly people and orphans. She also worked as “advise” to the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine “on a voluntary basis” adds the press release from the ministry.


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