Field of research: Sanctions

Yuliia Pavytska

Yuliia Pavytska is the Manager of the Sanctions Program at the KSE Institute. Since the outbreak of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Yuliia has focused her research efforts on the sanctions imposed on the country, specifically evaluating their effectiveness, the state of the Russian economy, and the development of sanctions proposals. In addition, Yuliia manages the KSE Institute’s Sanctions Team and engages in building partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, including authorities in coalition countries and other research institutions. 

Yuliia joined the KSE Institute in 2020. Before February 2022 she was, as a policy researcher, engaged in diverse projects ranging from the Ukrainian labor market and agriculture sector to European integration and sectoral strategy development for Ukrainian authorities.

Prior to joining the KSE Institute, Yuliia worked at the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine (2019-2020). During her tenure, she served as a policy research assistant to the Deputy Minister of Economy, where her responsibilities covered various areas, including economic strategy and labor market policies design.

Yuliia holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Kyiv School of Economics (2019).

(Last updated March 2024)

Benjamin Hilgenstock

Benjamin Hilgenstock is a Senior Economist at the Kyiv School of Economics’ think tank, KSE Institute, focusing on international sanctions on Russia, in particular in the areas of energy, trade, finance, and export controls. Benjamin is also an Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and a member of the International Working Group on Russian Sanctions. He has written extensively on the topic of sanctions, including enforcement challenges of the G7 oil price cap regime as well as Russia’s continued access to Western technology.

Previously, Benjamin worked for the Institute of International Finance in Washington, DC (2018-2022) on the macroeconomic analysis of emerging markets, specifically those in Central and Eastern Europe and including Russia and Ukraine. Benjamin also spent several years with the International Monetary Fund’s (2016-2018) research department working on the publication of the World Economic Outlook.

He holds a Master of Arts in political science, macroeconomics, and German constitutional law from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (2008) and studied abroad at American University in Washington, DC and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

(Last updated March 2024)

Nataliia Shapoval

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Nataliia Shapoval is the President of the KSE Institute, and the Vice President for Policy Research at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). She served as CEO of KSE from 2019 to 2020, before returning to her leadership role at the KSE Institute.

Since 2014, Shapoval has been a member of the Editorial Board of Ukraine. Nataliia also served as a volunteer Executive for VoxUkraine from its launch in 2014 until its institutionalization in 2018.

Natalia Shapoval brings a decade of expertise in managing and conducting policy research and consulting, specifically in public procurement, the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, and economic statecraft. Shapoval has provided advisory services on several governmental strategies encompassing economic and regional development, as well as investment.

Shapoval obtained a Master’s degree in Probability Theory and Statistics (2012) from Taras Shevchenko National University, and a Master’s degree in Economic Analysis (2013) from the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE).

(Last updated March 2024)