Meet Our Co-Founder
Tanya Kotelnykova is the President and Co-Founder of Brave Generation. Her lived experience through two wars, the Donbas occupation in 2014 and the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, motivates her to aid youth suffering the ongoing consequences of the full scale invasion. Tanya is a student in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies at Yale University. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University and received her B.A. in Law at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Tanya’s main area of research is Russian academic propaganda in the occupied Ukrainian territory since 2014, the right to self-determination, and secession in the 21st century. Tanya was born and raised in a small industrial city – Horlivka – in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. In 2014, she fled her hometown after the occupation by Russian-backed separatists began. Eight years later, the full-scale invasion forced her to flee Ukraine.
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empowering young Ukrainians today, so they can lead tomorrow.
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