Hnatyuk Olya
Photo: Dmytro Larin

Hnatyuk Olya

Advisor to the President

Date and place of birth: 11 November 1961, Warsaw.

Married, has an adult son.

Professional experience

Since October 2010 – director of the joint Master’s programs of the NaUKMA and University of Warsaw
2006-2010 – First Advisor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine, director of the Department of Culture, Education and Science

1997-2006 – Associate Professor, then Professor of the Institute of Slavic Studies, PAS

2004-2006 – director of the PhD Studies, Institute of Slavic Studies, PAS

1985-2005 – University of Warsaw, postgraduate and Associate Professor later on
Since the 2000s, she worked at the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA UW) as a coordinator in cooperation with Ukrainian partners within the framework of the East-Central European School in the Humanities.

Ola has organized 10 translation seminars and about a dozen of the School’s sessions.

  • university didactics
  • reviewing of doctorates and habilitations (dissertations and doctoral studies)
  • participation in numerous research and didactic programs, including international ones
  • supervisor of the holders of scholarships from the Polish government and Minister of Culture
  • holder of the scholarship from the Minister of National Education of Poland (overseas two-month scholarship in Kyiv, 1989 and 1994)
  • holder of the scholarship from the Minister of Culture of Poland, 1998
  • IX 2001 – III 2002 Shklyar Scholarship, Harvard University
  • 2004 – CIUS Research Grant

Editor of nearly 30 books (fiction, scientific research).

Translator of fiction literature and humanities.

2004 – doctorate (habilitation), University of Warsaw, monography "Farewell to the Empire: Ukrainian discussions on identity". The book received the Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award (2003) and the Eastern Review Award (2004). Ukrainian translation was published in 2005.

1992 – PhD in Philology, University of Warsaw

Monography "Ukrainian baroque religious song" (1994)

1985 – Master’s Degree in Ukrainian philology (additional specialty – Russian philology).

Diploma with Honors, University of Warsaw.


Polish PEN Centre (till 2006 – member of the executive structure).

International Renaissance Foundation (since 2011 – member of the executive structure).

Author's publications on the PEN website: