The Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI) is an international non-state organisation. It was founded by Ukrainian and international media and public communication experts that for many years had been cooperating within educational programmes in Ukraine. 

IRMI Founders

Angelina Soldatenko (Ukraine)
Executive Director

Angelina is a journalist. Since 1990 she has been working extensively as a media and public communication expert and trainer. Angelina has been involved in educational programmes of the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the European Journalism Centre. She has designed, edited and published research projects. Angelina is a member of international journalism and training organisations. 

Taras Boikovych (Ukraine)

Taras is a lawyer, specializing in administrative law, business law, civil law and media law.

David van der Houwen (the Netherlands)

David is deputy mayor in his hometown Maassluis (The Netherlands). He began his professional career as a journalist, specializing in political and economic affairs. In 1997 he started as an independent consultant and trainer in strategic communications and media affairs. He focused his activities on national and local government and non-governmental organizations. He also worked as a part time lecturer at the Academy for Journalism in Tilburg (The Netherlands). During many years he was involved in projects, seminars and trainings for journalists and public information-officers in Central- and Eastern Europe, especially the CIS-countries, with a focus on Ukraine. He is co-author of a handbook on public information in Central and Eastern European Countries. Before he was appointed as Deputy Mayor, he worked in the Dutch House of Representatives as Public Information Officer.  

Oleksiy Soldatenko (Ukraine)
Programs Director

Oleksiy is a professional in Public Relations and Media Relations. A trainer and training organizer with more than 20 years experience, working with his organizations on the training programs in cooperation with or sponsored by UNESCO, Council of Europe, MATRA, British Embassy, European Journalism Centre amongst others. 
Oleksiy used to be facilitator in the international Intercultural projects of the British Council. Within the project he has trained intercultural navigators and active citizens from all over Ukraine, and worked as a facilitator in the international Navigators delivery teams.
Author and facilitator of study visits training programs for Ukrainian PR specialists, journalists and MPs to UK, USA, The Netherlands and Belgium. 
He is also co-author of the book “Profession: Journalist”. 

Gie Meeuwis (Belgium)

Gie is a lecturer in television journalism and cross medial reporting at the Fontys university of applied sciences in Tilburg the Netherlands. He has over thirty years of experience in foreign reporting in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Latin America. He is also an expert in cultural diversity and crisis reporting.

Mogens Schmidt (Denmark)
Head of the Board

Mogens has been working with UNESCO for more than 10 years as Director of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, Deputy Assistant Director General for Communication and Information and as Director of Global Field Operations and Conflict and Disaster Assistance. Over the last 25 years he has held senior management posts at the World Association of Newspapers, the European Journalism Centre and the Danish School of Journalism. He is a specialist on freedom of expression, media development and journalism education.