AUCKLAND: H.E. Mr. Dmytro Senik, Ambassador of Ukraine to New Zealand
Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 6.00pm
Lecture Theatre [102-G36] Old Government House, Princes Street, University of Auckland

H.E. Mr. Dmytro Senik

(Ambassador of Ukraine to New Zealand)

Ukraine’s Striving For A Better Future

Amid Global Challenges

Speaker’s Synopsis:  Recent developments in the world constitute a growing number of challenges to the existing international order that was established after the Second World War.  Examples in Ukraine’s region are Russia’s attempts to redraw the borders in Europe, to undermine and crumble international law, and to engage in hybrid warfare that includes massive propaganda, disinformation campaigns, and cyber-attacks.

Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity in 2014 had just happened when these dramatic global events were starting to unfold.  After the corrupt government of Ukraine fled, the nation of 45 million people began a brand-new chapter in its modern history, seeking to strengthen democratic institutions, eradicate corruption, and integrate into the EU institution.

At the same time, Ukraine has had to defend parts of its territory occupied by Russia in violation of the UN Charter, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, and other international laws and norms.  

Ambassador Senik will share his views on Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy developments in the midst of these challenges faced by the Ukrainian nation in many quarters.

The Speaker:  Dmytro Senik is a graduate of the Kyiv School for Economics and Management, and of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, at the University of Malta.

He joined the Foreign Service in 2002 as a career diplomat.

In November 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Dmytro Senik as the Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore and Brunei Darussalam concurrently. He has also been posted to the Embassy in Washington D.C., where he served as the Congressional Liaison.  In November 2018, Mr Senik was appointed Ambassador of Ukraine to New Zealand (with residence in Singapore).

Within the Ministry his service has included posts as (a) Chief of Staff and Councilor to the Foreign Minister, (b) Adviser to the Deputy Prime-Minister, and (c) Deputy Head of the U.S. and Canada Division.