Project Authors

Margarita Hewko lived in Kyiv from 1991 to 1996 and worked for the Spanish news agency EFE in Kyiv from 1991 to 1992.  She was raised in Argentina and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.  Ms. Hewko studied architecture at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina and participated in the Summer Ukrainian Studies Program at Harvard University in 1989.  She serves on the Board of Operacion Canasta, a non-profit organization that focuses on development projects in Argentina.
Sara Sievers is a Senior Director and Advisor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where she leads country advising work in Africa.  Before taking up her current position, she served as Senior Program Officer, Developing Country Advocacy, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of  policy, research, and advocacy for the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB), a global voice for children living with HIV/AIDS.  Previously, Ms Sievers served as founding Executive Director of both the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University and the Center for International Development at Harvard University.  She is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer who served in the first US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Ms Sievers was educated at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.