Director and founder of Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law - an influential Ukrainian think-and-act tank that focuses on rule of law, independent media, and civil society development. Taras Shevchenko is Board Co-chairman for Reanimation Package of Reforms – the largest coalition of leading non-governmental organizations and experts from all over Ukraine. Taras holds two masters degrees in law and in economics from the Kyiv National University. He has been involved with drafting numerous legislative acts, including the Access to Public Information Law. He is an author of over 100 articles and publication on freedom of speech reforms, democracy, legal regulation of media, protection of journalist’ rights, etc.